EP54 - Chelsea Hernadez Surrogacy Journey & Their Joey My Pouch Blog

EP54 - Chelsea Hernadez Surrogacy Journey & Their Joey My Pouch Blog

In today's episode we have Chelsea Hernandez who shares the beginning stages of her gestational surrogacy journey.  Chelsea is a wife of 4 years to Pedro and mom to two boys Nicholas and Aramis.  She is a perinatal educator to low income families to ensure healthy pregnancy outcomes.  In this episode Chelsea shares how she has wanted to become a gestational surrogate before she had her own children, how her close family and friends who suffer from infertility have inspired her to do so.  She knew her last son Aramis was going to be her last so she decided to have a double salpingectomy in 2017 and help other mothers grow their families.  This episode is for you have considered becoming a gestational surrogate and the steps you need to take to prepare your body and mind for this pregnancy.

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EP53 - Dr. Vernette McKnight's Healing Journey through Surrogacy Twin Pregnancy

EP53 - Dr. Vernette McKnight's Healing Journey through Surrogacy Twin Pregnancy

In today's episode we have Dr. Vernette McKnight, a Cognition & Movement specialist, who shares her healing journey to becoming a gestational surrogate of twins.  In this episode Dr. Vernette shares an experience during her teenage years that inspired her to become a surrogate, how she knew the parents of the twins were the family for her, and how she plans to have a natural vaginal birth with the twins.  This episode is for you if you have ever considered becoming a gestational surrogate or are curious of the process of working with a surrogate.

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EP52 - Eloise Drane on Egg Donation, Birthing 8 Babies, and Family Inceptions Surrogacy Agency

EP52 - Eloise Drane on Egg Donation, Birthing 8 Babies, and Family Inceptions Surrogacy Agency

In today's episode we have Eloise Drane owner of Family Inceptions the first Black Owned Surrogacy Agency in the United States.  Eloise is a married mother of 5, she has donated her eggs 6 times and was a gestational surrogate for 4 babies.  Yes, you heard that right she was pregnant 8 times and once with twins as a gestational surrogate.  She felt the call as a gestational surrogate her to start her own egg donation and surrogacy agency and that is how Family Inceptions was born.  Family Inceptions was started back in 2008 and it is the agencies goal to provide intended parents, egg donors, and surrogates with a unique and comprehensive experience—from someone who has truly been in their shoes. In this interview Eloise shares her journey to motherood, donating a kidney to a family member, surrogacy journey, and how God's purpose and call on our life is bigger that ourselves.  This episode is for you if you want to increase the understanding and knowledge of the family building journey because there are many paths to motherhood.

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EP51 - Dareshia Ervin's IVF Success Story, Pregnancy Journey, and Loving Angel Babies

EP51 - Dareshia Ervin's IVF Success Story, Pregnancy Journey, and Loving Angel Babies

In today’s episode we catch up with Episode 15 guest Dareshia Ervin also known as Dee who experienced five miscarriages and lost both her fallopian tubes leaving her completely infertile.  Back in Episode 15 she shared how she planned to go through IVF and in today's episode she share's how God fulfilled his promises to her.  Dee is currently 29 weeks pregnant with her rainbow baby girl named Zuri, and shares how her IVF experience went, from the daily shots to being declared a normal pregnancy.  Dee also shares how she plans to celebrate Zuri and how she is preparing for her birth and motherhood.  Today's episode is for your if you are diagnosed infertile and are on the fence about going through IVF or infertility treatments.  Dee's story will inspire you on how God will fulfill the promises of your heart if you believe and have faith that it will come to past.

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EP50 - Parijat Desphande IVF Story, High Risk Pregnancy, Preterm Birth, and Delivering Miracles

EP50 - Parijat Desphande IVF Story, High Risk Pregnancy, Preterm Birth, and Delivering Miracles

For the month of June we are talking about infertility and IVF success stories on the Sisters in Loss podcast. In today's episode we have Parijat Deshpande a High Risk Pregnancy Expert who shares her miscarriage and IVF journey.  She discusses her high risk pregnancy and how she ended up on bedrest after going into early labor at 22 weeks.  She was able to deliver her son at 24 weeks, after managing the emotional stress of preterm labor, birth, and being on bedrest.  Parijat hosts the Delivering Miracles podcast where they discuss the real, raw side of fertility, pregnancy, prematurity and the postpartum period.  In this episode Parijat and I share our journey's being preemie moms and spending time in the NICU, how she used mindful techniques to reduce stress while being on bedrest, and her inspiration for the work she is doing to help other women have Healthy High Risk Pregnancies.  Parijat has a new book coming out on June 25th called Pregnancy Brain be sure to check it out on Amazon or her website pregnancybrain.com

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EP49 - Candace Farris Infertility Journey, IVF Story, and blog My Fruitful Journey

EP49 - Candace Farris Infertility Journey, IVF Story, and blog My Fruitful Journey

For the month of June we are talking about infertility and IVF success stories on the Sisters in Loss podcast.  In today's episode we have Candace Farris who has been on her infertility journey for 10 years due to Uterine Fibroids.  After a failed IVF in August 2017, having her mother pass away in the middle of her IVF cycle, she is currently 10 weeks pregnant from a successful 2nd round of IVF.  In this episode Candace discusses her journey to motherhood, having surgery to remove fibroids, her husband having surgery to help with sperm quality, and preparing her body for her upcoming embryo transfer.  She also discusses her vlog and youtube channel Fruitful Journey as she is documenting her entire story with us.  This episode is for you to listen to if you are still in the wait for your miracle baby!

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EP48 - Chimyra Powell's Infertility Journey, Ectopic Pregnancy, and IVF Success Story

EP48 - Chimyra Powell's Infertility Journey, Ectopic Pregnancy, and IVF Success Story

For the month of June we are talking about infertility and IVF stories on the podcast.  In today's episode we have Chimyra Powell a wife, mom, and blogger of journeyofchimyra.com.  Chimyra suffered a 5 year journey with infertility and her first natural pregnancy ended due to a life threatening ectopic pregnancy.  She and her husband decided to try IVF and it was successful as she birthed her rainbow baby boy Solomon.  In this interview we discuss how she struggled with depression, severely grieving, and how she was overall unhappy and unfilled.  Chimyra started her blog journeyofchimyra.com to empower women to achieve and obtain all that they want in life.  Chimyra hopes that her transparency will help shed a light on infertility and how we can overcome it while sharing resources and her journey through her blog.  Her desire for us all to be fruitful in all areas of life to include motherhood, marriage and career.

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EP47 - Dr. JaNae Taylor on the Cost of Therapy & Minding My Black Business Podcast

JaNae Taylor

In today's episode we are discussing the Cost of our Mental Health and therapy with licensed psychotherapist Dr. JaNae Taylor.  JaNaè is a licensed psychotherapist in Virginia Beach, VA, where she owns and operates, Taylor Counseling and Consulting Services. JaNaè works with Black men and women who are struggling with harmful self-evaluations. Therapy with JaNaè helps them create a more empowered and focused sense of self that is more aligned with their beliefs and values. JaNaè also provides consultations to Black Entrepreneurs, in every stage of the game, who are working to balance their mental health, Black identity, and successful businesses.  Minding My BLACK Business is a movement and podcast dedicated to the mental health of Black Entrepreneurs, led by Dr. JaNaè Taylor. The goal is to engage, inform, and support other Black Entrepreneurs as they manage the business of work!  In this episode Dr. JaNae and I talk about the cost of therapy and how & why Mental Health Awareness Month is important.


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JaNaè is an Alabama native and a macaroni and cheese and brunch expert. She is also fluent in sarcasm, lover of neo-soul and big laughs with good people. Most importantly, JaNaè is a daughter, big sister, best friend, godmother, HBCU grad, and trying to make a dollar out of 15 cents.

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EP46 - Katina Nish Child Loss Story & Mourning Moms Blog

EP46 - Katina Nish Child Loss Story & Mourning Moms Blog

In today's episode we have Katina Nish who shares her child loss story and Mourning Moms blog and community.  Katina is a published freelance model and writer.  Katina loss her son in March 2008, and she felt God moving her into her purpose so she created the Mourning Moms blog and community to help other grieving mothers like herself.  Her goal through Mourning Moms is to create a national movement dedicated to women of child loss. From pregnancy loss, still birth, and infant/child loss the goal is to keep you encouraged and in hope of what God said you would naturally have.  Katina shares in this interview how she is called to this work and how it is okay for us to mourn.  

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REWIND Episode 3 - Our Special Needs Journey and How we

REWIND Episode 3 - Our Special Needs Journey and How we

n today's episode we have a REWIND!  My husband, my pastor, and my biggest cheerleader, Brandon McAfee, is starting a podcast to discuss the matters of the black church from the pulpit and beyond the walls of the church.  We are dedicating two episodes a month to discussing disabilities in the black church.  So, I wanted to rewind to his episode where we talk about our journey to our rainbow baby Maxwell also known as Super Mighty Max.  We also discuss his special needs and diagnosis of Spastic Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy.  We are currently casting and looking for families and caretakers of special needs, differently abled, and developmentally delayed children or siblings.  If you are interested in being interviewed please email us at blackchurchmatters@gmail.com.

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EP45 - Mother's Day Letter for Sisters in Loss

EP45 - Mother's Day Letter for Sisters in Loss

Today's episode is a solo episode and its a Mother's Day episode as Mother's Day is this upcoming Sunday, May 13, 2018.  I share the letter I wrote in a recent blog post to Grieving Mothers and Sisters in Loss for Mother's Day.  In this episode I am also recapping my weekend spent in NYC keynoting with a short clip of my keynote, and how it was meeting some of my listeners, and podcast guests in person.  I also talk about my first Mother's Day experience after my loss and the importance of sisterhood in this episode.

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EP44 - Dr. Jerisa Berry's Uterine Fibroid, Infertility Journey, and Secure your Fertility App

EP44 - Dr. Jerisa Berry's Uterine Fibroid, Infertility Journey, and Secure your Fertility App

In today's episode we have Dr. Jerisa Berry a board-certified Emergency Medicine doctor also known as Dr. Jerisa ER.  She is a nationally recognized speaker, media consultant, and author.  In this episode Dr. Jerisa shares her infertility journey with uterine fibroids, multiple surgeries, IVF, and how surrogacy was her final decision to become a mother.  Dr. Jerisa also uses her expertise in partnering with Lab Corp and creating Secure Your Fertility an app to help women identify their ovarian reserve a test that insurance typically does not cover.  For only $97 you can go to your local Lab Corp, get blood drawn, and it will determine how many eggs you have so you can make a sound decision around taking control of your fertility.  Dr. Jerisa and I are on similar journey's and surrogacy is something I am considering and her experience has solidified that no matter how we become mothers, we have to continue to take control of our health and trust that God will give us the desires of our hearts.

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