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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EP43 - Heather and Dimitri Wilson's 1 Year Review of Kennedy's Angel Gown's NFP Organization and 2nd Annual Angel Ball

EP43 - Heather and Dimitri Wilson's 1 Year Review of Kennedy's Angel Gown's NFP Organization and 2nd Annual Angel Ball

In today's episode we have Heather and Dimitri Wilson, who lost their daughter Kennedy to stillbirth, and they share how the 1st year has been since starting their Non-Profit Organization called Kennedy's Angel Gowns in January 2017.   You may remember Heather,  she was my first guest on the Sisters in Loss Podcast and shared her stillbirth story of daughter Kennedy in Episode 2.  In this episode Heather and her husband Dimitri share how running a non profit centered around loss has effected their relationship, and now after 1 year and 4 months into starting their non profit and dealing with loss everyday how it has impacted them both.  We also talk about their 2nd Angel Ball that is taking place tomorrow, Saturday, April 28, 2018 and what they are looking to do to transform the Hampton Roads area.

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EP42 - Lisa Hendrickson-Jack's Uterine Fibroid Journey, Menstrual Cycle Charting, and Fertility Friday Podcast

EP42 - Lisa Hendrickson-Jack's Uterine Fibroid Journey, Menstrual Cycle Charting, and Fertility Friday Podcast

In today's episode we have Lisa Hendrickson-Jack who shares her Uterine Fibroid journey with Heavy Periods, Menstrual Cycle Charting and Fertility Awareness Method, and her podcast Fertility Friday.  Lisa is a Fertility Awareness Educator and a Holistic Reproductive Health Practitioner who has been charting her own menstrual cycles using the Fertility Awareness Method for the past 15 years. She is passionate about helping women to develop body literacy, by understanding their natural cycles.  After struggling with excessively heavy and painful periods for years Lisa discovered the connection between health and fertility first hand. Her personal experience of overcoming a Hashimoto's diagnosis and uterine fibroids has influenced her practice immensely.  Lisa created her weekly radio show, the Fertility Friday Podcast, to connect women with a deeper understanding of how fertility and overall health are connected and intertwined with their menstrual cycle health. The number one response from her listeners is always "why didn't anyone teach us this stuff when we were growing up?" Her mission is to share the message of body literacy with as many women as possible. Each week she conducts in depth interviews with professionals who specialize in helping women to restore their fertility naturally.   In this episode we dig deeper into how we are taught how to prevent pregnancy via birth control versus how to actually get pregnant.  How to get off of birth control properly, and how to chart your menstrual cycle with the Fertility Awareness Method, and what 1 million downloads of the Fertility Friday podcast means for Lisa.

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EP41 - Patrice Washington's Secondary Infertility Journey and Redefining Wealth

EP41 - Patrice Washington's Secondary Infertility Journey and Redefining Wealth

In today's episode we have Patrice Washington, "America's Money Maven." who opens up and shares her infant loss story, secondary infertility journey, and how to Redefine Wealth.  Patrice is a national recognized best selling author, transformational speaker, spokesperson, radio host and leading authority on personal finance, entrepreneurship and success for women.  You may have heard Patrice on the Steve Harvey Morning Radio show where she hosts a weekly segment called Real Money Answers with Patrice Washington. Patrice is the big sister in my head that gets me together, snatches my edges, and teaches me how to Chase Purpose and Not Money on her new weekly podcast called Redefining Wealth.  In this interview Patrice shares her infant loss journey with us, how she lost everything during the recession while she was pregnant with her rainbow baby daughter, and how she is surrendering to God for her desire to have more children after experiencing secondary infertility.  I could not have Patrice on this episode without discussing money and we talk about what it means to Redefine Wealth and her definition of her 6 pillars of wealth.

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EP40 - Kemi Olowe's Miscarriage Story & Fertility Journey and 9 Months & Waiting Blog

EP40 - Kemi Olowe's Miscarriage Story & Fertility Journey and 9 Months & Waiting Blog

In today's episode we have Kemi Olowe who shares her infertility journey with PCOS diagnosis and IVF story.  Kemi is the founder of #9MonthsandWaiting, a blog dedicated encouraging those on their fertility journey through her own experiences, research and testimonials. Kemi has been married for 6 years to her Primary School sweetheart and in November 2016, after a five year journey with infertility, they welcome their baby boy Samuel.

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EP39 - Sosina Morgan's Adoption After Infertility Journey

EP39 - Sosina Morgan's Adoption After Infertility Journey

In today's episode we have Sosina Morgan who shares her fertility journey and decision to adopt after going through infertility treatments.   Sosi is passionate about adoption and loves to encourage other woman of color to consider adoption as a way of growing their families. Sosi is a minister, friend, daughter, and wife to Lee of five years.  She would like to add "mom" to that resume!  After several IUIs and too much time spent pursuing fertility treatment, Sosina and her husband Lee said yes to God's leading to pursue adoption. They are joyfully and patiently (and sometimes not joyfully or patiently) waiting to bring home their child through adoption.  In this episode Sosi takes us back to her initial infertility diagnosis and how she and her husband Lee made the decision to adopt.  We discuss why she has elected to stop infertility treatments and focus on adoption.  Sosi details the adoption process for us and how there are many financial grants and resources for adoptions.  We also discuss adoption loss and how it affects her relationship with God and her husband.  This episode is for your if you are considering adoption after infertility and are unsure of the steps in the process.

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EP38 - Rana Campbell's Miscarriage Story & Financial Burden of Loss

EP38 - Rana Campbell's Miscarriage Story & Financial Burden of Loss

In today's episode we have Rana Campbell host of Dreams in Drive Podcast who shares her miscarriage story and the cost of miscarriage from her feature on Elle.com.  After her miscarriage in 2014 Rana found the hospital bills quickly adding up to the thousands of dollars even with insurance.  In this episode Rana takes us back to how she started Dreams in Drive while grieving the loss of her baby, and how her feature on Elle.com helped her shed light on the significant costs of loosing a child.

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EP37 - Michelle Smith's 2nd Trimester Loss Story & Miracle Speaks Non-Profit Organization

EP37 - Michelle Smith's 2nd Trimester Loss Story & Miracle Speaks Non-Profit Organization

In today's episode we have Michelle Smith who shares her 2nd trimester pregnancy loss story at 19 weeks gestation, her journey to become a full circle doula, and her non profit Miracle Speaks.  Michelle is wife and mom of 4 and is passionate about helping other women and mothers of loss.  After her loss of daughter Miracle at 19 weeks she knew she wanted to help other moms through their birthing process as she is currently 2 live births away from receiving her Full Circle Doula Certification with a specialization in Bereavement services.  In this episode Michelle shares the details of her pregnancy loss story and how that journey inspired her to start her new non profit Miracle Speaks named after her daughter.   

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EP36 - Bettye Williams SIDS Story & Bailey's Dash Foundation

EP36 - Bettye Williams SIDS Story & Bailey's Dash Foundation

In today's episode we have Bettye Williams who shares her SIDS story of four month old daughter, Bailey Nicole.  On June 26th 2015, Bettye loss her four month old daughter, Bailey Nicole to SIDS. It was the most devastating, life shattering experience of her life. Trouble is inevitable in this life but when you lose a child, so suddenly and so unexpectedly in their death, a part of you die as well. One day while struggling to get through the day, Bettye fell to her knees and asked the Lord to not only strengthen her, but to open up her eyes so that she can see the purpose in all of the pain she was feeling. Bettye reminded him of his promise in Romans 8:28. After pouring her heart out and weeping with much despair,  she stood up. Immediately she felt the burden lift. The Lord put it in on her heart to “just write” and that is what she did. Bettye created Bailey’s Dash Foundation with the goal of assisting other families who were grieving. She decided to share some of my transparent moments with facebook. Within three weeks, there were over 15,000 followers. She knew that this was a portion of God’s greater plan for her life. 

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