EP66 - Alishia Anderson on Life After Loss

EP66 - Alishia Anderson on Life After Loss

October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. All month long we are discussing Life After Loss. In today’s episode we have Alishia Anderson who shares her stillbirth story and her new memoir Still Here: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Triumph After Stillbirth. On January 15, 2016, at 28 weeks pregnant she went in for a routine ultrasound when she was told her son no longer had a heartbeat. In a matter of seconds her world was flipped upside down. They were given a day to process the news then went to the hospital the very next day to deliver their stillborn son. After three days of labor she gave birth to her angel Derrek Jerrell Anderson Jr aka DJ on Monday, January 18, 2016.  Alishia went on to have her rainbow baby Grayson after working on herself for a year. This episode is for you to listen to if you have experienced a Stillbirth and are still on your own healing journey and are unsure what life after loss looks like for you.

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EP65 - Keisha Wells on Self Care After Loss

EP65 - Keisha Wells on Self Care After Loss

October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. This month we are talking all about Life After Loss. In today’s episode Keisha Wells is sharing on Self Care After Loss. Keisha experienced 2nd trimester loss of twin boys in 2017. In this episode we talk about Self Care after loss, how her loss pushed her to become a licensed Professional Counselor, and how she is eradicating injustices in pregnancy and birth experiences via educating women, particularly WOC, on their rights and assisting them in advocating for their emotional and physical well being while working with medical professionals.

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EP64 - Qiana Wright's Infant Loss due to Daycare Negligence & Savannah's Smiles Community

EP64 - Qiana Wright's Infant Loss due to Daycare Negligence & Savannah's Smiles Community

In today's episode we have Qiana Wright who shares her miscarriage at 8 weeks, premature birth at 28 weeks, and infant loss story at 9 months due to daycare abuse. We also talk about her inspiration for starting her foundation Savannah Smiles, and trying again for a family after having her tubes tied. Qiana shares in this episode how her first pregnancy ended in a premature birth of son Julius. He spent a month in the NICU and came home on a breathing monitor. Later she conceived and ended up miscarrying at 8 weeks. Qiana and her husband were determined to try again, and became pregnant with daughter Savannah. After not having a known cause for her previous preterm birth and miscarriage, a cerclage was placed at 21 weeks due to her cervix shortening. Qiana gave birth to her beautiful healthy baby girl Savannah on March 1, 2015. She knew her family was complete and opted to get her tubes tied in April 2015. On December 4, 2015, Savannah died at 9 months due to child abuse while at daycare. This episode is for you to listen to if you have had a miscarriage, premature birth, infertility, and to understand how a couple and family grieves while going through the legal process of child abuse at daycare.

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EP63 - Sanita Mitchell's Infertility Journey, Infant Loss Story & Anaya's Project Foundation

EP63 - Sanita Mitchell's Infertility Journey, Infant Loss Story & Anaya's Project Foundation

In today's episode we have Sanita Mitchell who shares her infertility journey, infant loss story of daughter Anaya, and starting the Anaya's Project foundation.  Sanita is a wife, business owner, non-profit CEO of Anaya's project, and the mom of 4 children (3 boys and 1 princess) and 1 Angel Baby named Anaya.  Sanita shares in this episode how having her tubes removed gave her 10-12% chance of becoming pregnant on her own, how she naturally conceived her rainbow baby, and now that pregnancy as well as her second rainbow baby pregnancy was met with challenges including high risk pregnancy, gestational diabetes, and uterine rupture.  She also shares how she was led to start Anaya's project which serves couple's or individuals who have experienced the painful experience of pregnancy and infant loss as well as those who are experiencing infertility challenges.  This episode is for you to listen to if you have had one of you tubes removed and if you have had pregnancy challenges like gestational diabetes or being considered high risk.

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EP62 - Jennifer Robertson's 2nd Trimester Losses due to Cervical Incompetence and Memorize Forever Boxes

EP62 - Jennifer Robertson's 2nd Trimester Losses due to Cervical Incompetence and Memorize Forever Boxes

In today's episode we have Jennifer Robertson who shares her 2nd trimester  losses due to cervical incompetence and her memory boxes called Memorize Forever.  Jennifer experienced 3 miscarriages including the loss of her twin boys Kyrie and Karson at 17 weeks due to an incompetent cervix.  The loss of her twins inspired her to start working on memory boxes that holds memories forever.  She then experienced the loss of a daughter named Joelle at 20 weeks, and knew she was called to this work.  Jennifer is committed to meeting and uplifting woman who have walked the same path as she.  This episode is for you to listen to if you have experienced recurrent pregnancy loss and are still waiting for your rainbow baby.

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EP61 - Jewel Carey Smith SIDS Story and She Rises from SIDS

EP61 - Jewel Carey Smith SIDS Story and She Rises from SIDS

In today's episode we have Jewel Carey-Smith who shares her stillbirth story with daughter Darielle Ava.  She started her youtube and facebook community She Rises from SIDS to educate around Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or SIDS and create a safe haven for other parents to express themselves, and to impart knowledge for those parents who have walked down this road.  Jewel shares in this episode how sharing her story and her journey is not for herself, but for the healing and deliverance of others.  This episode is for you to listen to if you are looking for a community around Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or SIDS.

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EP60 - Mych'laya Alexander's PCOS Diagnosis, Loss Story, and blog The Womb Keeper

EP60 - Mych'laya Alexander's PCOS Diagnosis, Loss Story, and blog The Womb Keeper

In today's episode we have Mych'laya Alexandar who shares how being diagnosed with Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome and struggling with infertility led to her starting the Womb Keeper blog and community.  Mych'laya struggled with infertility for many years and had 3 miscarriages.  She is determined to encourage and support those who have struggled or is struggling with infertility and pregnancy loss.  This episode is for you if you have being diagnosed infertile due to PCOS.

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EP59 - Lindsey Boxie's Stillbirth story, Early Endometriosis Diagnosis, and helping others through Grief Therapy

EP59 - Lindsey Boxie's Stillbirth story, Early Endometriosis Diagnosis, and helping others through Grief Therapy

In today's episode we have Lindsey Boxie who shares her stillbirth journey with us.  Lindsey was diagnosed with Endometriosis in middle school and told her that because of the way her uterus was shaped she would have difficulty getting and staying pregnant.  After college she was able to conceive and around 36 weeks she went into labor arrived at the hospital and found that her baby passed away.  She then went on to have her rainbow baby afterwards which led her to going back to school to help others through grief therapy.  This episode is for you if you have been diagnosed with Endometriosis and those who have experienced a stillbirth.

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EP58 - Courtney Arlesia's  2nd Trimester Miscarriage and Being Patient in the Wait

EP58 - Courtney Arlesia's  2nd Trimester Miscarriage and Being Patient in the Wait

In today's episode we have Courtney Arlesia who shares her 2nd trimester miscarriage and how she is being patient in the wait.  Courtney is a native of Murfreesboro, TN and creator of Endless Love.  She started this in 2012 to motivate and inspire all women to get in tune with themselves and find solace in their creator.  In this episode Courtney shares how her 2nd trimester miscarriage affected her and how she is being patient while trying to conceive.  This episode is for you if you are still waiting for your rainbow baby and trying to conceive.

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EP57 - Jeanae Hopgood-Jones Twin Loss due to PPROM and Motherhood through Adoption

EP57 - Jeanae Hopgood-Jones Twin Loss due to PPROM and Motherhood through Adoption

In today's episode we have Jeanae Hopgood-Jones who shares her IVF journey and loss of twins due to PPROM and how Adoption chose her for motherhood.  Jeanae and her partner had been trying to conceive for four years they decided in February 2017 to do a round of IVF and were able to conceive their twin daughters on the first round.  They lost their twins due to PRROM and in this episode we talk about her healing journey and how she chose her path to motherhood through adoption.  She is an angel mom to two beautiful twin daughters Aviva & Jora.  Jeanae is also a wife, a writer, blogger, a therapist, a professor and a clinical sexologist.  This episode is for you to listen to if you have experienced PPROM and maybe on the fence about adoption as your path to motherhood.

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EP56 - 1 Year Podcast Anniversary and my IVF/Surrogacy Journey!

EP56 - 1 Year Podcast Anniversary and my IVF/Surrogacy Journey!

Today's episode is a solo episode as I'm sharing my personal infertility journey with you all.    I share why I'm choosing to go through IVF to retrieve eggs and freeze embryos for a future gestational surrogacy, and why I'm still team Surrogacy vs. team Adoption.  In this episode I talk about my first year podcasting and what I've learned about myself and this amazing Sisters in Loss community. Thank you all so much for listening to this podcast and the evolution of it this past year.  I committed to myself to release an episode every week for at least a year and I made it here!  Thank you Lord for grace upon grace upon grace for reaching this goal.  Now, if you have never rated or reviewed the podcast please do so wherever you listen to podcasts that would bless me in my first year as a Indie podcast.

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EP55 - Gessie Thompson's Uterine Fibroid Journey and Eliminating Fibroids through Diet Change

EP55 - Gessie Thompson's Uterine Fibroid Journey and Eliminating Fibroids through Diet Change

July is Fibroids Awareness Month and over 90% of black women are affected by fibroids by the age of 50.  In today's episode we have Fibroids Activist and Health Coach, Gessie Thompson who shares her Uterine Fibroid Journey and Eliminating Fibroids through Diet and Detox.  Gessie Thompson is one of the 90% of Black Women affected by fibroids by age 50. She personally battled the epidemic for 14 years and the resulting infertility for 10 of those years to have her miracle baby Nia. Her grueling journey included 10 surgeries, five IVF cycles, a devastating miscarriage and even her heart stopping on the delivery table.  In this episode Gessie takes us back on her healing journey spiritually and physically, we both share how our hysterectomy's led to us eating a plant based diet, and how she is helping other women eliminate estrogen dominance and inflammation through her DetoxNow and Fibroid Elimination program.

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