After being diagnosed at 18 years old with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) today’s guest was told she was unable to have children. At 31, Chappy Morgan lost a significant amount of weight and was surprised when she found out she was expecting. During an ultrasound she found out her son was sick and was going to suffer from heart problems specifically congenital heart disease. Chappy shares in this episode how she fought for her son Messiah, is healing from child loss, and continues to share Messiah’s message through #MessiahStrongRead More
Imagine being told that your baby had no fetal heartbeat one month from their due date? Today’s guest Tomeka Issac takes us back to that very moment where she and her husband were faced with the news no parent ever wants to hear that her son Jace was not going to make it. Then they were dealt another blow that she was diagnosed with H.E.L.L.P Syndrome (Hemolysis Elevated Liver Enzymes Low Platelet) which is pre-eclampsia on steroids and she was dying. This episode is for you to listen to if you have never heard of H.E.L.L.P. Syndrome and how God covers you so that you can survive and thrive after a near death birth experience.Read More
Have you ever suffered from painful periods? Today’s guest Bria Burrell has always had painful periods, and in 2015 she found out there was an cyst on her left ovarian. Her OB/GYN monitored the cyst for a couple of months, until it started to grow. In order to prevent the cyst from rupturing the OB/GYN performed a laparoscopic procedure in January 2016. . The cyst dominated the left part of Bria’s pelvic cavity, and therefore, they had to remove her left ovarian and Fallopian tube, and during this procedure it was determined she had endometriosis. She had many complications from that surgery that left her bowel perforated resulting in her wearing a temporary colostomy bag. Bria takes us on the next steps of her journey to motherhood in this podcast where she undergoes fertility treatments and 2 rounds of IVF, that has resulted in two miscarriages. This episode is for you to listen to if you have been diagnosed with endometriosis or have lost a fallopian tube or ovary.Read More
Losing your baby and losing your womb and ability to have more children is what today’s guest had to face. Alexus Harris Oluyole lost her son Maverick at 21 weeks due to pregnancy complications and had to have a partial hysterectomy to save her life.
Alexus Harris Oluyole was devastated as she had to navigate the grief of losing her son and losing her ability to bear more children. God was her anchor during this time and lead her to write a book Peace That Supersedes to help encourage women who are going through challenges with fertility, pregnancy loss, or child loss.
In this episode Alexus takes us on her healing journey, the challenges she face with seeing babies everywhere, and her path forward to motherhood.Read More
After experiencing three losses today’s guest felt ashamed and guilty of her grief as she experienced secondary infertility with already having two children.
Jessica Hortman had a spontaneous miscarriage in 2015 at 6 weeks, a miscarriage due to a submucosal fibroid at 10 weeks in 2016, two years years of not getting pregnant, and then finding out she had a fibroid in 50 percent of my uterus. After having the fibroid removed, Jessica had an ectopic pregnancy in 2018.
In today’s episode Jessica takes us back on how she navigated her emotions of grief while still being a mother, and how she is overcoming secondary infertility.Read More
Happy 34th Birthday to me!
Today is my 34th birthday yall! I’m so excited to celebrate another year around the sun. There is no place I’d rather be than in the guest chair myself talking about Sisters in Loss and the amazing Jesus year I just experienced. I can not put into words what God has done in my life, I can truly say that I’m blessed. I do have a testimony. I’ll save that announcement for another day, but I do have a request of you.
But First my birthday wish is for you to rate and review the podcast. Even if you have reviewed before your feedback means the world to me. It helps me craft a better podcast, produce more dynamic shows, and ensure we are meeting and exceeding your needs as a Sister in Loss. My prayer is that I receive 34 new reviews in honor of my 34th birthday. Thank you so much in advance for reviewing the podcast and for listening, tuning in, joining in the discussion in our private facebook community and so much more.
I’m so excited to share with my podcast sisters all that has been happening behind the scenes with Sisters in Loss.Read More
What does Life After Baby Loss look like? Feel like? Appear to be for everyone like today’s guest. Yonela Resi is the mother of two angels one loss at 16 weeks and the other a stillbirth at 38 weeks. In this episode she takes us on that journey of becoming a mother at 24 in South Africa, the black community there and how baby loss is not talked about, and how she started the Lakhanya Foundation in honor of her angels. Today’s episode is for you to listen to if you have wonder what does life after baby loss look like for me?Read More
After two miscarriages today’s guest experienced preterm labor at 26 weeks. Carrita Flie would not have chosen this journey to motherhood. After her miscarriages, one in the first trimester and one in the second, she was labeled high risk and had to see a specialist weekly when she became pregnant with her rainbow baby. At 21 weeks she was told her cervix was shortened and received a cerclage. Even though Carrita had a cerclage she experienced preterm labor at 26 weeks and her son spent 117 days in the NICU. In this episode she takes us back to how she healed from her miscarriages, going into labor at 26 weeks, and raising a micropreemie.Read More
Have you felt you may never experience motherhood?
Today’s guest felt exactly that way after experiencing two miscarriages. Jasmine Moore experienced her first miscarriage in 2016 at 11 weeks cause was a blighted ovum. In 2018 she experienced her second miscarriage at 19 weeks due to natural causes. Jasmine takes us back on her journey to motherhood in this episode and shares the pain of not ever experiencing motherhood.
Being raised in a Christian faith based home, and respecting the unspoken rule of not having children out of wedlock, today’s guest began her journey to motherhood at 38 years old.
Crystal Justice found out she was pregnant on Aug 9, 2018. On Sept 7, 2018 she was told that the pregnancy was no longer viable. Despite my HCG levels and Progesterone levels being normal her D&C was scheduled on Sept 11, 2018 which is was her partner’s birthday. In this episode Crystal takes us back to that day and how her faith has helped her heal from miscarriage. This episode is for you to listen to if you have had a miscarriage, maybe advanced maternal age, and still have the desire to become a mother.
Shawn Owens found out she was expecting as she was preparing for an outpatient procedure. She and her husband were shocked by the news due to her diagnosis with uterine fibroids and her being 38 years old. Shawn wanted to wait to share the news with her family around Father’s Day. She ended up in the Emergency Room a week before Fathers Day with severe pain and bleeding. The doctors could not detect a heartbeat and sent her home with medication for pain to miscarry with no direction.
In today’s episode Shawn takes us back to that day and then shares when she was ready to try again to conceive her rainbow baby which pregnancy came with many challenges like bleeding, being placed on bed rest, and not being able to walk due to the size of her 5 fibroids.Read More
100 Episodes we are here! I’m so thrilled that you are apart of the Sisters in Loss family. My goal when starting this podcast was to share our stories, stories of phenomenal, resilient, amazing black women to remove the shame, stigma, and silence around pregnancy and infant loss and infertility. In this episode I share my travels over the last month. My first stop was in Cancun, Mexico at the My Taught You Retreat hosted by Myleik Teele of CurlBOX. I share my experience and nuggets that were dropped from being in the room. I then spoke on a panel at The MOMference in Washington, DC where I spoke on infant loss and infertility. This is the conference for black moms, moms to be, and moms in waiting. I also share what’s next for the Sisters in Loss community and why you need to join us at SistersinLoss.comRead More