NATAL passes the mic to Black families to hear all about their journey to parenthood in their own words. Our second season follows four parents in rural Mississippi, Iowa and Hawaii as they birth new lives and legacies exactly where they are. Interwoven by narrative interludes, this 10-part story album features the birthworkers, medical professionals and advocates caring for Black rural families at every stage of pregnancy and beyond.
Chapter One: Getting It Right
Eight months pregnant during the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, Shayla and Erick Brown return home to rural Mississippi for a chance to finally get it right.
Chapter Two: Finding Home
Anasia Sturdivant and Ciara Hunter leave city life behind to find new places to call home.
Interlude: The Alabama Birth Collective
Meet the founding members of The Alabama Birth Collective.
Chapter Three: Body Talk
The moments that (re)introduced Shayla, Erick and Anasia to their bodies.
Chapter Four: The Southern Spark
Fannie Lou Hamer, Southern freedom fighter and one of the oldest Black-founded towns in the country spark The Browns' most transformational decision yet.
Chapter Five: Anasia's Journey
Taking matters into her own hands, Anasia charts new pathways to parenthood uniquely her own.
Required listening for any and all medical students
Much respect for this necessary journalism
Taught me so much
This was one one my absolute favorite podcasts to come out in 2020. I truly learned so much and found the format really engaging and welcoming, too. I can’t wait for a season two and hope we get to hear one!
loved this series. thank you for telling this stories.