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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

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 85 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.

    274 - Resilience Rising: Stories of Miscarriage, Infant Loss, Infertility, and Finding Joy after Pain with the Authors

    274 - Resilience Rising: Stories of Miscarriage, Infant Loss, Infertility, and Finding Joy after Pain with the Authors

    More than five million people in the United States experience some type of infertility, miscarriage or infant loss. Although this type of trauma is widely acknowledged as something that affects millions of families, many families still feel ashamed, hopeless, and isolated.  Resilience Rising is an intimate compilation of stories by families living with infertility who have experienced pregnancy and infant loss. These are stories of families overcoming grief so deep and no longer being silenced by shame and guilt. 
    In this episode we sit down with 3 of the storytellers and authors that make up this anthology to discuss their process of saying yes to writing, the writing process, and parenting after loss. The authors Shantell Chambliss (Author), Courtney Shorter (Author), Ngozi Baker (Author), Donnisha Davis (Author), Michele Minor (Author), Tiffany Thompson (Author), Terika Williams (Author), Joi Donaldson (Editor) 
    Pick up a copy of the book here: https://amzn.to/3yhY64J
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    • 43 min
    273 - REWIND - 10 Years After Infertility and PCOS having Miracle Babies with Lianne Totty

    273 - REWIND - 10 Years After Infertility and PCOS having Miracle Babies with Lianne Totty

    After battling infertility for 10 years with Poly cystic ovarian syndrome or PCOS, today’s guest delivered her baby at 27 weeks, spent 6 months in the Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and lost her baby.  Lianne Totty, went on to have another baby at 25 weeks who also spent time in the NICU and is now thriving.  Her experience led her to writing her children’s book “Baby went to Heaven” to help explain infant loss to children when her god daughter asked her where the baby was and she didn’t know what to tell her.  In this episode she takes us back to being diagnosed with PCOS, getting weight loss surgery, NICU experience, and PTSD from birth experiences.  We discuss about feeling like your body has failed you and that you are being punished by not being able to bring a baby home.

    This episode is for you to listen to if you have experienced a long road to parenthood and want to hear hope and resilience on this journey.

    Listen to this episode here: sistersinloss.com/links

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    • 36 min
    272 - REWIND - PCOS, Thyroid Removal, and Miscarriage with Sasha Palin

    272 - REWIND - PCOS, Thyroid Removal, and Miscarriage with Sasha Palin

    After being diagnosed with PCOS and having her thyroid removed today’s guest knew there would be challenges to becoming a mother.  Without trying Sasha Palin was able to get pregnant.  Unfortunately at 7 weeks she began spotting and miscarried at 9 weeks.  Sasha did not receive favorable care as a result of her miscarriage, no sympathy, being brushed off, and no one there to explain exactly what was happening to her body.  She felt alone.
    In this episode Sasha takes us back to those moments of pain of miscarrying at home, she shares what PCOS and thyroid removal and the miracle conception, and how she researched and learned to advocate for herself and is now becoming a Doula with Sisters in Loss.
    This episode is for you to listen to if you have experienced not being listened to or acknowledged during childbirth including miscarriage.  This episode is for you to listen to if you are interested in becoming a Sisters in Loss doula.
    Listen to this episode here: sistersinloss.com/links
     
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    • 32 min
    271 - Expectful App for Pregnancy Loss and Trying to Conceive with Nathalie Walton

    271 - Expectful App for Pregnancy Loss and Trying to Conceive with Nathalie Walton

    Have you practiced mindful meditation?
    Well your time to do so is now using the Expectful app.
    What is Expectful? It is the mental health app for use before, during, and after pregnancy. Including Pregnancy Loss, Infertility, and Trying to Conceive.
    In today's episode, we have on Expectful's CEO, Nathalie Walton to share how meditation saved her pregnancy, her transition into being an app user to now CEO, Black women in Tech and why this app is for Black women, and the evolution and future of Expectful.
    Listen to this episode here: sistersinloss.com/links
    Download Expectful now!
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    Become a Sisters in Loss Birth Bereavement, and Postpartum Doula Here
    Living Water Doula Services
    Book Recommendations and Links Below
    You can shop my Amazon Store for the Book Recommendations
    You can follow Sisters in Loss on Social
    Join our Healing Collective Online Support Group
    Join the Sisters in Loss Online Community
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    • 23 min
    270 - PCOS, Infertility, and Trying to Conceive with Nkemka Egbuho

    270 - PCOS, Infertility, and Trying to Conceive with Nkemka Egbuho

    Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a common hormone disorder in women that is also the leading cause of female infertility. September is recognized as PCOS awareness month. PCOS is one of the most underdiagnosed diseases in the world, with less than 25% of women with PCOS being diagnosed.
    Today’s guest was diagnosed with PCOS after experiencing a missed miscarriage. Nkemka Egbuho has been trying to conceive for 2 years battling infertility. 
    In this episode she shares how it hasn’t been easy to see others celebrating while she waits.  Nkemka shares how she is preparing her body and mind for a IUI treatment with the hopes of conceiving this year.
    This episode is for you to listen to if you have ever doubted yourself on this journey.
    For show notes go to sistersinloss.com/ep270
    Become a Sisters in Loss Birth Bereavement, and Postpartum Doula Here Living Water Doula Services Book Recommendations and Links Below You can shop my Amazon Store for the Book Recommendations
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    • 33 min
    269 - REWIND - From Miscarriages to Mobile App Poppy Seed Health with Simmone Taitt

    269 - REWIND - From Miscarriages to Mobile App Poppy Seed Health with Simmone Taitt

    After experiencing multiple miscarriages today’s guest found herself on Dr. Google to find comfort.  She found exactly what she was seeking an online doula board which inspired her to become a birth doula.  Today’s guest is one of the 100+ Black women founders that have raised over 1 million dollars in capital.  She has leveraged the power of technology to bring together womxn seeking emotional and mental health support during their pregnancy and postpartum journey together into a trusted and safe digital space.
    Simmone Taitt is the Founder & CEO of Poppy Seed Health, is on a mission to bring together womxn from pregnancy through postpartum.  After an isolating experience with her doctor, Simmone sought comfort and community. She quickly saw the lack of emotional and mental health support for womxn going through the life changing experience of having children and sought to rectify it. Her company is transforming the way care is delivered by providing 24/7 on-demand text access to doulas, midwives, and nurses — and it’s working, especially during the COVID era, when she’s seen a 140% increase in business. A sales, innovation, and growth strategy leader, Simmone spent 14 years building high growth startups before starting Poppy Seed Health.
    In today’s episode we discuss the story behind her company, from the first product iteration to fundraising during a worldwide pandemic, her work as a doula, and how Poppy Seed Health mission goes beyond pregnancy including loss, grief, trying to conceive and fertility.


    Become a Sisters in Loss Birth Bereavement, and Postpartum Doula Here Living Water Doula Services Book Recommendations and Links Below You can shop my Amazon Store for the Book Recommendations
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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
85 Ratings

85 Ratings

Wine&Cheese ,

Hope & Healing; sharing is Powerful

It’s amazing the power of Podcasts; these Podcasts are so eye -opening!! As some one waiting to have surgery to have both Fallopian tubes un-blocked so I could have a future @ motherhood; ohh my goodness, what a story Erica shares!!! Thank you to all the women out there sharing their Infertility stories. It’s helps so many of us that are just getting started with the multiple testing, IVF, emotional toll & all the other extra stuff! Sharing is caring💜💜❤️🖤

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!

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