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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, 58 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.

    Ep151 - How to become a certified doula? So you want to be a doula?

    Ep151 - How to become a certified doula? So you want to be a doula?

    So you want to be a doula?  What does a doula do?  How can I become one?  How much does it cost?  If you want answers to these questions and more this episode is for you.  I’m excited to launch our 2nd Cohort of the Sisters in Loss Birth and Bereavement Doula training and certification program.  This doula certification program will run for 6 weeks beginning on Sunday, June 7, 2020 at 8pm EST.  For more information on how to register go to sistersinloss.com/doulatraining. 

    In today’s episode I share what a doula is, the different types of doulas, doula certification programs that support black mamas and birthing persons, and the costs to become certified.  This episode is for you to listen to if you have wanted to become a doula and are not sure where to start.  Stay tuned until the end for a special discount code just for the Sisters in Loss listeners who want to become a Sisters in Loss doula.
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    • 48 min
    Ep150 - May is Preeclampsia Awareness Month with Eleni Tsigas

    Ep150 - May is Preeclampsia Awareness Month with Eleni Tsigas

    Did you know that Preeclampsia is a leading cause of Maternal Mortality and prematurity? 

    Did you know that black birthing persons are 3x more likely to die from Preeclampsia?
    Today’s episode is a special one because its our 150th episode!  Can you believe it?  We made it to 150!  In honor of our 150th episode I had the pleasure of interviewing the CEO of the Preeclampsia Foundation Eleni Tsigas. A little background on Eleni, is the CEO of the Preeclampsia Foundation and member of the Board of Directors for Preeclampsia Foundation Canada. As a preeclampsia survivor herself, Eleni is a relentless champion for the improvement of patient and provider education and practices, for the catalytic role that patients can have to advance the science and status of maternal-infant health, and for the progress that can be realized by building global partnerships to improve patient outcomes. In this episode Eleni shares her personal preeclampsia story, how we can support May which is Preeclampsia awareness month, and why taking your blood pressure at is critical for pregnant ladies/birthing persons in this COVID-19 climate.  We also share how we met, connected and how Sisters in Loss has partnered with Preeclampsia Foundation on maternal mortality and racial disparities.  This episode is for you to listen to if you have experienced preeclampsia, want to know how to partner with the preeclampsia foundation, and why blood pressures are critical during pregnancy.
     
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    • 54 min
    Ep149 - Grieving Loss of Twin A from PPROM when Twin B is Fighting for her life with Trae Francois

    Ep149 - Grieving Loss of Twin A from PPROM when Twin B is Fighting for her life with Trae Francois

    Imagine losing your sister to cancer and grieving her death you find out your are pregnant with twins. Today's guest experienced just that in October 2019 when she found out she was carrying twin girls. During Trae Francois 20 week ultrasound she found out her cervix had shorten and doctors did not recommend a cerclage due to her high risk twin pregnancy. She began taking progesterone to strengthen her cervix and to stop it from continue to shorten. It was on January 20, 2020 when her water broke at 23 weeks that doctors had to make tough decisions on baby A whose sac was ruptured due to PPROM. Baby girls Ava and Ari were born on January 22, 2020 and on January 25, 2020 baby Ari went to be with God in heaven. Ava continues to fight for her life in the NICU and is on track to come home in May 2020. In this episode Trae takes us back on her journey, her NICU stay in the midst of COVID-19 pandemic, and how she is grieving the loss of Ari while being strong for Ava. This episode is for you to listen to if you have experienced a twin loss and for understanding of what a NICU stay looks like in this pandemic.
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    • 47 min
    Ep148 - Mother's Day Wish for my Sisters in Loss!

    Ep148 - Mother's Day Wish for my Sisters in Loss!

    This past Sunday we celebrated International Bereaved Mother's Day and shown our love for our babies gone to heaven far too soon. This upcoming Sunday in the US we celebrate Mother's Day. Mother's Day can be very challenging, difficult emotionally, and with social distancing and quarantine can and will be very lonely for many Sisters in Loss. Today's podcast episode is my love letter to you letting you know that You are a Mother! All of the needle pokes, disappointing news, positive and negative pregnancy tests, exciting feelings of baby movement, to holding your baby in your arms after they have taken their last breath made you a mother. Don't let anyone make you feel different on Mother's Day. On Sunday, do what you need to do.  Watch church online, make you a bomb brunch with mimosas, cry hard, stay home, and Facetime or Houseparty with family and friends will make the day better.  Do it all.  Sunday is your Mother’s Day.  You are amazing! You are brave! You are beautiful! You are loved! You are blessed! You are a Mom. Wishing you Happy Mother’s Day Sister in Loss! All my Love, ~Erica
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    • 9 min
    Ep147 - Ish Happens and How to Bounce Back from Ectopic Pregnancy with Brytani Bradley

    Ep147 - Ish Happens and How to Bounce Back from Ectopic Pregnancy with Brytani Bradley

    Imagine being 23 and infertile. That is what today's guest was faced with when she realized she was having a ectopic pregnancy. Brytani Bradley woke up on her 8th week of pregnancy excited to see her baby only to find out the baby was not in her uterus and she had to be rushed into surgery due to her internal bleeding. She woke up shocked and confused because her baby was gone and so was her fallopian tube. In this episode Brytani takes us back on her journey to getting pregnant and the day she heard those words you are "23 and Infertile." This episode is for you to listen to if you have experienced an ectopic pregnancy or traumatic miscarriage experience.
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    • 40 min
    Ep146 - Strength after Loss due to Placenta Abruption and Incompetent Cervix with Leone Madzinga

    Ep146 - Strength after Loss due to Placenta Abruption and Incompetent Cervix with Leone Madzinga

    Have you heard of the term placenta abruption?
    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.

    Today's guest has experienced a early miscarriage, a incompetent cervix baby boy loss at 16 weeks and a baby boy loss due placenta abruption at 26 weeks. Leone Madzinga hails from the continent from Zimbabwe and she shares in this episode her strength after several losses. She experienced an early miscarriage, incompetent cervix, cerclage for her next pregnancy and loss of that pregnancy due to placenta abruption. Leone shares in this episode how she uses her strength to continue to endure. This episode is for you to listen to if you have experienced incompetent cervix, placenta abruption, or want to know what loss is like in Zimbabwe.

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Customer Reviews

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58 Ratings

@TracitaLinda ,

Better sound quality

I truly believe and support the vision of this podcast because there are not enough voices of women regarding these topics. I can't imagine how I would have gotten through my own trauma without these stories. However, my 3 stars are highly affected by poor call/sound quality on various episodes (the latest being EP 113) I commute and listen, having to turn my volume very loud and sometimes I just can't listen at all because it's hard to make out what the interviewee is saying. I think this can be rectified easily but currently I don't have the patience to guess what a person is saying, especially when they are doing the majority of speaking. This is deterrening me as a listener.

JaleelismyJoy3020 ,

At Last A Community of Sisters of Color Speaking About Loss

I discovered this podcast during my fourth miscarriage. I knew this podcast would be difficult to listen to, but a great asset to my healing process. I am so encouraged as Erica provides a variety of stories that bring awareness to infant loss and miscarriage. I love how this podcast educates listeners about resources and events that are supportive and empowering. I also love how she speaks out on racial disparities that exist within the medical care system. It is a blessing to hear her guests share without any filter their birth stories. It feels very transparent to listen to sisters who have been in challenging situations, but find purpose within their pain. I am thankful for this podcast!

chilllleeeeee ,

The best podcast for black women who have experienced a miscarriage or infertility

What I love most about this podcast is that the women sharing are real and honest with their journey’s their faith and how they healed on their grief and loss journey. This is the best podcast for black women and I recommend it to everyone who has experienced a miscarriage or infertility.

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