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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 ...
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Are you ready to try to conceive? Today's episode is a solo episode by Founder Erica Michelle on Trying Again and Making the Decision to try to conceive. Making the decision to try again is not an easy one. This decision may trigger many different emotions and bring on anxiety, fear, guilt, inadequacy, hopelessness, and a sense of failure. In this …
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2024 is here and we are kicking off the year with a solo episode. Our founder, Erica Michelle, shares about easing into 2024, goals for Sisters in Loss in 2024, and surviving and thriving in 2024. Become a Sisters in Loss Birth Bereavement, and Postpartum Doula Here Living Water Doula Services Book Recommendations and Links Below You can shop my Am…
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Pregnancy loss and infertility can be so hard on a marriage. It can either tear the couple apart or bring them closer together. In fact it is said that almost 80% of couples who experience a miscarriage or infertility end up in divorce. In this month of love we will be featuring 4 couples showing by prayer, faith in God, and a strong commitment to …
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Pregnancy loss and infertility can be so hard on a marriage. It can either tear the couple apart or bring them closer together. In fact it is said that almost 80% of couples who experience a miscarriage or infertility end up in divorce. In this month of love we will be featuring 4 couples showing by prayer, faith in God, and a strong commitment to …
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What is PPROM? Preterm premature rupture of the membranes (PPROM) is a pregnancy complication. In this condition, the sac (amniotic membrane) surrounding your baby breaks (ruptures) before week 37 of pregnancy. Once the sac breaks, you have an increased risk for infection. Today’s guest experienced 4 losses, 9 IUIs, and 5 IVF transfers. Her most re…
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Can marriage survive the loss of a child? Losing a child is the hardest thing a couple can go through. In fact 80 percent of marriages end in divorce after the loss of a child. For the month of December we are sharing the stories of 4 couples and how their marriages not only survived the loss of a child, but continued to thrive. In today’s episode …
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Can marriage survive the loss of a child? Losing a child is the hardest thing a couple can go through. In fact 80 percent of marriages end in divorce after the loss of a child. For the month of December we are sharing the stories of 4 couples and how their marriages not only survived the loss of a child, but continued to thrive. In today’s episode …
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Can marriage survive the loss of a child? Losing a child is the hardest thing a couple can go through. In fact 80 percent of marriages end in divorce after the loss of a child. For the month of December we are sharing the stories of 4 couples and how their marriages not only survived the loss of a child, but continued to thrive. In today’s episode …
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Can marriage survive the loss of a child? Losing a child is the hardest thing a couple can go through. In fact 80 percent of marriages end in divorce after the loss of a child. For the month of December we are sharing the stories of 4 couples and how their marriages not only survived the loss of a child, but continued to thrive. In today’s episode …
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Today's episode is all about how to remember your child during the Holidays, but also all year long. Alisha Reginal shares her stillbirth journey losing her first son at 36 weeks gestation. She left the hospital empty handed full of memorabilia but her heart was shattered. Alisha still doesn't know the medical reason for his death. She clung to her…
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Today’s guest is a mother of 8! Yes, you read that correct she was called to this hood called motherhood. Tacole Robinson endured much heartache and disappointment while seeking to fulfill God’s promises for her to become a mother. She has 2 adopted children, 2 foster child, 2 stepchildren, and 2 biological children through IVF. Her ministry center…
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Today's episode is a solo episode where I discuss what has been going on with Sisters in Loss behind the scenes and all about our grief support groups. In 2022, Sisters in Loss partnered with Postpartum Support International to host a bi-weekly grief support group for Black mothers who have experienced pregnancy loss, infant loss, stillbirth, misca…
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You are listening to a special episode of the Sisters in Loss Podcast. As many of my US listeners know next Tuesday, November 7, 2023 is Election Day and Midterm elections, and we have the power to change and shift the paradigm of maternal and infant mortality in America with our vote. In today’s episode I sit down with March of Dimes President Sta…
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Today's episode is about deciding not to terminate for medical reasons. Many parents are faced with this decision once finding out their babies have abnormalities that will not give them the best quality of life. Today's guest Maria Okehie decided to keep her baby boy after being told he had a stroke in utero and had severe brain damage that he wou…
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Today's guest has been through several losses. Miscarriage, chemical pregnancy, second trimester loss, and stillbirth. However, Henrietta 'Retta' Brown didn't really begin her healing or coping with her losses until the pandemic happened. Retta didn't really have any family or friends to help her through her journey and wished she did. She did have…
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Today's guest experienced four high risk pregnancies and has two living children. Jamilah Robinson had endured recurrent miscarriages in between birthing her 9 year old son and her rainbow baby who is 3 years old. After the miscarriages she was told she was infertile. Jamilah underwent exploratory surgery and went through testing to quality for fer…
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We are kicking off Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month with all new episodes. Todays episode is an update from our episode 153 guest Dadriaunna Hayes. Dadriaunna Hayes lost her son at 24 weeks gestation due to cervical incompetence and experienced birth trauma. She went into pre-term labor and the hospital she was at did not have a NICU or La…
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Today's guest lost her son Anthony at 23 weeks gestation. She grieved and wished she had adequate resources to cope with this profound loss. Nekia Mba then welcomed her rainbow baby girl Victoria during the pandemic in March 2021. She had a redeemed experience throughout her pregnancy and an amazing delivery. Her and her husband were ready to try a…
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Have you ever heard the perspective of loss from a grandmother? Today’s episode features the story of triplet loss of Alicia Harris grandbabies. She is joined by her daughter who both highlight and share their experiences of the journey to motherhood. This episode is for you to listen to if you want to hear the loss perspective of a mother and gran…
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Have you practiced mindful meditation? Well your time to do so is now using the Expectful app. What is Expectful? It is the mentall 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 p…
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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 …
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Have you heard of the term Missed Miscarriage? A missed miscarriage is when a baby has died in the womb, but the mother hasn’t had any symptoms, such as bleeding or pain. Any type of miscarriage can cause shock, but a missed miscarriage can be particularly difficult because of the lack of symptoms. Today’s guest experienced a missed miscarriage and…
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Have you ever heard the perspective of loss from a grandmother, sibling, or cousin? Today’s episode features the story of Audri Cabness’s son Sebastien who was fatally injured and died to due to medical negligence in 2016. This catastrophic incident let Audri and her family to start a foundation called Sebastien’s smile in his honor. Audri also has…
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Do you know what TFMR or Termination for Medical Reasons is? Termination for Medical Reasons, or TFMR, is when a pregnancy is terminated due to a chromosomal, genetic or structural fetal abnormality, or where continuing the pregnancy would risk the health or life of the mother. Today’s guest experienced 14 losses. Yes, this isn’t a typo. Turia West…
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Do you know what today is? It is our Anniversary! Yes, our podcast began today on August 2, 2017 and we are celebrating 6 years of Sisters in Loss. Today's episode is a solo episode where Erica Michelle discusses 6 Lessons she has learned in 6 years of podcasting. This episode is for you to listen to if you are interested in podcasting and want to …
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Do you know what TFMR or Termination for Medical Reasons is? Termination for Medical Reasons, or TFMR, is when a pregnancy is terminated due to a chromosomal, genetic or structural fetal abnormality, or where continuing the pregnancy would risk the health or life of the mother. Today’s guest experienced 14 losses. Yes, this isn’t a typo. Turia West…
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Today’s guest experienced secondary infertility due to male factor. Senoria Cain is wife and mom to a 13 year old daughter. She always knew her husband had a low sperm count and was able to see a urologist who recommended surgery to assist. After 10 years of no protection and experiencing secondary infertility she was able to get pregnant. At 12 we…
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Today’s guest is a doula, student midwife, and single mother who has experienced racial disparities in the hospital that has affected her and her son. Kourtney Mcgowan experienced a miscarriage after thinking she wouldn’t be able to conceive anymore children due to her endometriosis diagnosis. In today’s episode she takes us back on her journey, th…
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The road to parenthood looks different for many of us Sisters in Loss. This can be especially difficult for our masculine presenting LGBTQ+ sisters. Today’s guest has experienced parenthood in many forms, from step kids, birthing her own with a sperm donor, IVF, loss, and a successful birth with her partner. Dr. Gloria Pope began to document her jo…
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Motherhood is what today’s guest calls a “Rites of Passage” to the best hoods on Mother Earth. Ariane Oyere is a wife and mother of 7. She experience the lost of her 3rd born at 9 years old and then two miscarriages after his Sunset. Her babies she refers to as the Summer Solstice. In this episode, Oyere takes us back to her greatest obstacles in l…
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Have you heard of the term Termination for Medical Reasons (TFMR)? Termination for Medical Reasons, or TFMR, is when a pregnancy is terminated due to a chromosomal, genetic or structural fetal abnormality, or where continuing the pregnancy would risk the health or life of the mother. Today’s guest was able to conceive her first child naturally and …
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After having suffered multiple miscarriages for two years due to Fibroids, today’s guess used her faith and determination to heal from her losses and continue her journey to becoming a mother. Simbi Animashaun was determined to become a mother after her miscarriages and went onto have three children who are her rainbow babies. In today’s episode Si…
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What Does Having Low AMH Levels Mean? Having low AMH levels can indicate that your ovaries are producing less of the preantral follicles. This is important as the fewer the number of follicles there are means there are less that can be stimulated for assisted contraception. Today’s guest suffered from endometriosis for 21 years before being properl…
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Have you heard of the term Oligohydramnios? Low amniotic fluid (oligohydramnios) is a condition in which the amniotic fluid measures lower than expected for a baby’s gestational age. Today’s guest was preparing to conceive and had a myomectomy to remove her fibroids. Christina Danyo learned she was expecting after her fibroid surgery. During her 20…
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May is Mental Health Awareness Month! Today's episode we discuss mental health and pregnancy with the new app Candle Lit Therapy. Lauren Elliott created Candle Lit to help new mothers, moms of very young children and future moms of color prioritize their mental health. In this episode we discuss Lauren's inspiration for starting Candle Lit based on…
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What is PPROM? Preterm premature rupture of the membranes (PPROM) is a pregnancy complication. In this condition, the sac (amniotic membrane) surrounding your baby breaks (ruptures) before week 37 of pregnancy. Once the sac breaks, you have an increased risk for infection. Today's guest experienced 4 losses, 9 IUIs, and 5 IVF transfers. Her most re…
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How is this mother of 7 living her purpose through foster care and adoption ministry? Today's guest is a mother of 7! Yes, you read that correct she was called to this hood called motherhood. Tacole Robinson endured much heartache and disappointment while seeking to fulfill God's promises for her to become a mother. She has 2 adopted children, 1 fo…
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Today's guest credits the ERA test to her having her rainbow baby. What is an ERA test? An ERA Test or Endometrial Receptivity Analysis claims to help women pursuing In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) determine whether their endometrium is receiving an embryo at the right time in an attempt to maximize their chances of a successful pregnancy and live bir…
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Today's episode is all about what we put on our bodies and how it effects us in pregnancy. I sit down with Afshan Hussain to discuss about her journey with pregnancy safe cosmetics. She is the Founder of Sexy, Beautiful, Empowered (SBE) Mommas. SBE aims to educate mothers about harmful ingredients in cosmetics and bath and skincare products. SBE al…
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Today's guest experienced a 3 week loss of her baby and describes how traumatic it was to leave the hospital empty handed. Dominque Simmons shares how her journey to adopting a plant based diet helped her after experiencing reflux issues and having her galbladder removed. Her holistic diet ande supplements helped her conceive. Dominique decided to …
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Today's guest experienced a miscarriage at 8 weeks and a 26 week stillbirth. Ebony Canady shares in today's episode how motherhood has changed her in so many ways. After experiencing her 8 week miscarriage she went onto having 3 live births. Her last pregnancy ended with a 26 week stillbirth that rocked her world. In today's episode, we discuss Ebo…
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Today's guest battled infertility for 10 years before using a fertility specialist to conceive. Dyneco Gibson, experienced a miscarriage, an ectopic pregnancy, and saw a fertility specialist to go through IVF and was successful at her first round. Tragically that ended in premature labor due to an incompetent cervix. In this episode, Dyneco shares …
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Pregnancy After Loss can be met with much anticipation, along with worry, anxiety, fear, and frustration. Today’s guest experienced the loss of her daugther Emelia at birth, then experienced two miscarriages before having her two son’s. Jessica Weeks, our UK Sister in Loss, daughter Emelia was told she would not make it at birth due to being diagno…
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Today’s guest is a storyteller, writer, and photographer. She experienced a second trimester loss due to incompetent cervix of her baby girl. Sahmia Ase @sahmiaasephotography didn’t recognize the early signs of labor as it was her first pregnancy. She remembers having back pains but it never registered that she was in active labor. Sahmia was rushe…
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Have you heard of a 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. Symptoms include vaginal bleeding, belly pain, and back pain in the last 12 weeks of pregnancy. Today’s guest experienced an unknown placental abru…
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Today’s guest never thought she wanted children until not being able to carry children into the world. Ghannika Dazilma experienced two pregnancy losses and went through the grief journey alone. After her second miscarriage she became upset with God because she thought there was something wrong with her. The second loss caused friendships to break,…
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Today’s guest is from Mozambique, but resides in Cape Town, South Africa. Yes, we have Sisters in Loss on the continent y’all. She was diagnosed with PCOS and calls it a beautiful string of pearls on her ovaries, and is the mother to 3 boys in heaven. Fernanda Matsinhe, has experienced 6 IUIs, 2 IVFs, and 3 second-trimester losses (20, 17, and 19 w…
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Today's guest experienced a stillbirth at 27 and lost her son in labor. She went on to experience postpartum depression, but was determined to have another baby and continue her motherhood journey. Marjorie Vail became pregnant 2 years after her stillbirth with her rainbow baby and later found out he was on the autism spectrum. In today's episode, …
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Today's guest experienced infertility on her journey to motherhood along with repeated early miscarriages, a second trimester loss, and nearly lost her life. Seun Arise, has made it her mission to help other mothers who have dealt with loss, infertility, abuse, and other challenges with the grace of God. In this episode she shares her journey to mo…
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