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Sisters in Loss podcast spotlights faith filled black women who share their grief and loss stories and testimonies. Black women experience miscarriage and stillbirth four times more than white women according to the NIH and CDC. Whether you have experienced a miscarriage, infant loss, stillbirth, are trying to conceive or have an infertility diagnosis, you will learn about resources and strategies to heal, gain clarity, peace, hope, and find an empowering path forward after loss. Join Erica M. McAfee weekly as she interviews Sisters in Loss who have healed from such a painful and traumatic experience by sharing their testimonies to inspire and help others to turn their pain into their purpose.

Sisters in Loss Podcast: Miscarriage, Pregnancy Loss, & Infertility Stories Erica M. McAfee

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    • 4.8 • 79 Ratings

Sisters in Loss podcast spotlights faith filled black women who share their grief and loss stories and testimonies. Black women experience miscarriage and stillbirth four times more than white women according to the NIH and CDC. Whether you have experienced a miscarriage, infant loss, stillbirth, are trying to conceive or have an infertility diagnosis, you will learn about resources and strategies to heal, gain clarity, peace, hope, and find an empowering path forward after loss. Join Erica M. McAfee weekly as she interviews Sisters in Loss who have healed from such a painful and traumatic experience by sharing their testimonies to inspire and help others to turn their pain into their purpose.

    Ep220 - Endometriosis, Failed IVF, Miscarriages, to Adoption with Candace Trinchieri

    Ep220 - Endometriosis, Failed IVF, Miscarriages, to Adoption with Candace Trinchieri

    Today’s guest feels like she has faced it all.  From being diagnosed with Endometriosis and Fibroids.  To battling this infertility with fertility treatments including 9 failed IVF cycles, two surgeries, multiple miscarriages, a failed attempt at surrogacy, one egg donor, and a successful adoption of a son.  Candace Clark Trinicheri had many setbacks on her journey to motherhood, but she kept persevering. In this episode she takes us on her motherhood journey including surgical set backs, financial hardships, a non-responsiveness to stimulation drugs to the hardships of trying to find an egg donor of color all while dealing with the trauma of pregnancy loss.

    This episode is for you to listen to if you have given up on hope on your journey.  This episode is for you to listen to if you have experienced endometriosis, fibroids, failed IVF cycles, and want to learn about adoption.

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    • 25 min
    Ep219 - From Ectopic Pregnancy Loss to Breast Cancer Diagnosis to Mended Hope with Tiana Rogers

    Ep219 - From Ectopic Pregnancy Loss to Breast Cancer Diagnosis to Mended Hope with Tiana Rogers

    After experiencing a spontaneous abortion and six months later being faced with another loss that resulted from a ectopic pregnancy and one less fallopian tube today’s guest was shattered and disappointed.  Tiana Rogers grieved her losses and five months later after her ectopic loss she was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer.  There were no words to describe the utter devastation of being met with a cancer diagnosis in her early 30s with no family history and she continuously prayed and hoped for a baby.  Cancer treatment and fertility treatments consumed her and her husband’s lives as the doctors were not sure whether she would need chemotherapy initially.  In this episode Tiana shares how she grieved and turned to her faith to get her through fertility treatments and cancer.  She shares how she did not want to risk missing the window to preserve any chances to have biological children so IVF was the natural next step before undergoing cancer treatments.  
     
    This episode is for you to listen to encourage you to continue your journey to building the family of your dreams through faith and with mended hope.  This episode is for you to listen to if you have experienced ectopic pregnancy loss or a cancer diagnosis.
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    • 43 min
    Ep218 - Missed Miscarriage of Twins with Sibyl Lilly

    Ep218 - Missed Miscarriage of Twins with Sibyl Lilly

    Do you know what a missed miscarriage is?
    A missed (or silent) miscarriage is one where the baby has died or not developed, but has not been physically miscarried.  In many cases, there has been no sign that anything was wrong, so the news can come as a complete shock.
    Today’s guest experienced a missed miscarriage with twins after having three daughters.  Sibyl Lilly has 6 children here on earth and 4 angels in heaven.  After losing her twins to a missed miscarriage she became pregnant with a boy who was stillborn at 32 weeks.  She was broken, angry, sad, and felt guilty as her faith was pushed to the limits.  In this episode Sibyl shares how she conceived again and had her rainbow baby boy, after that pregnancy she suffered another miscarriage, and went onto having her final two rainbow twin girls.
    This episode is for you to listen to if you have experienced missed miscarriage or stillbirth.  This episode is for you to listen to what it means to stay resilient on the journey to motherhood. 
    Register for the Sisters in Loss Summit 2021 October 1-2, 2021 HERE!
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    • 34 min
    Ep217 - Stillbirth and Living Healthy and Abundantly with Angela Hampton

    Ep217 - Stillbirth and Living Healthy and Abundantly with Angela Hampton

    Do you know the symptoms of stillbirth?
    Stopping of fetal movement and kicks. Spotting or bleeding. No fetal heartbeat heard with a stethoscope or Doppler. No fetal movement or heartbeat seen on ultrasound, which makes the definitive diagnosis that a baby is stillborn.  Today’s guest experienced some of these symptoms going into her 7 month of pregnancy.  Angela Hampton found out she was pregnant and that she needed to take supplements.  She then started to celebrate her pregnancy by preparing for her baby.  During her 7 month she became ill and took a few days off of work to rest.  She went back to work and was talking with a coworker that she had not felt the baby move as much.  The coworker recommended that she go to the OB/GYN to get checked out.  Angela was sent straight to the hospital after that OBGYN appointment and they told her then that her baby had died and she would have to be induced.  In this episode Angela takes us back to the moment she was told her baby died and she would have to labor and deliver them. She shares how she has started living life after loss healthy and abundantly.
    Register for the Sisters in Loss Summit 2021 October 1-2, 2021 HERE!
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    • 26 min
    Ep216 - Placental Abruption and Overcoming Fear with Leslie Damper

    Ep216 - Placental Abruption and Overcoming Fear with Leslie Damper

    Do you know what a placental abruption is?
    Placental Abruption is a serious pregnancy complication in which the placenta detaches from the womb (uterus). Placental abruption occurs when the placenta detaches from the inner wall of the womb before delivery. The condition can deprive the baby of oxygen and nutrients. Symptoms include vaginal bleeding, belly pain, and back pain in the last 12 weeks of pregnancy. Depending on the degree of placental separation and how close the baby is to full-term, treatment may include bed rest or a cesarean section.
    Today’s guest experienced a placental abruption of her daughter.  Leslie Damper found out she was becoming a mother in August 2020 and by November 2020 she was called home due to placental abruption.  In this episode Leslie takes us back to the joy she experienced when finding out she was pregnant and to the day when she lost her baby girl.  She shares in this episode how she overcame fear and weakness and how she is not giving up hope to become a mother again.
    This episode is for you to listen to if you have experienced a placental abruption.
    Register for the Sisters in Loss Summit 2021 October 1-2, 2021 HERE!
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    • 42 min
    Ep215 - Male Factor Infertility and Donor Sperm

    Ep215 - Male Factor Infertility and Donor Sperm

    Fertility is not just a birthing factor, sometimes it is male factor.  Male infertility can be caused by low sperm production, abnormal sperm function or blockages that prevent the delivery of sperm. Illnesses, injuries, chronic health problems, lifestyle choices and other factors may contribute to male infertility.

    Today’s guest shares her story with male factor infertility, going through IUI which resulted in a miscarriage, and having her rainbow baby.  She knew her partner had a high probability of infertility due to his medical history.  They started trying naturally and were unsuccessful so they went to a fertility specialist.  Then they were formally diagnosed with male factor infertility azoospermia with less than 5% chance of having natural children.  They then moved to third party reproduction and decided on using donor sperm.  They were successful with their medicated IUI that resulted in their first child.  When they tried for their second child the medicated IUI was successful but it resulted in miscarriage at 11 weeks gestation.  In this episode, we discuss male factor infertility, how to find donor sperm for black and brown people, and recovery and healing from miscarriage.

    This episode is for you to listen to if you and your partner have been diagnosed with male factor infertility or are considering searching for donor sperm for people of color.

    Listen to this episode here: sistersinloss.com/ep215

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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
79 Ratings

79 Ratings

Jett'smom ,

Comforting

I found it so comforting to hear a similar story to my own from a faith standpoint. Knowing you are not alone on our journey, we can heal and be stronger through Christ. Women don't have to be divided, this has helped me regardless of my color 💜

Tyneise_S ,

Never heard of HELLP syndrome

Wow!!! I am blown away by this first episode that I just heard. As a women who has suffered a miscarriage this podcast has been so inspirational and informative. But I have also witnessed the power of God that helped me conceived with a healthy baby. The testimony of this woman is so inspiring to women. God is so faithful!!! Great job ladies with this podcast!

DMAlfred ,

One of My Favorites!

Sisters in Loss is informative and inspiring! The stories of courage shared by each guest are a testament of resilience, and God’s faithfulness to see us through difficult times. As a woman who has experienced pregnancy loss, and now have two rainbow babies, I regularly listen to the podcast and always find a takeaway that helps with my own healing. Given the rates of pregnancy loss and maternal health complications in Black and other Women of Color, this podcast is a timely resource. Thank you, Erica McAfee, for the work you do with Sisters in Loss!

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