EP84 - Couple Series: The Pruitt's Unexplained Infertility Journey and Gracefully Waiting Ministry

EP84 - Couple Series: The Pruitt's Unexplained Infertility Journey and Gracefully Waiting Ministry

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 stay together their marriages endured the hard times of pregnancy loss and infertility. In this episode we have the Pruitt’s who share their infertility journey and how they are gracefully waiting on their promise from God. Glenn and Natasha have been married for 4 years and live in Austin, Texas. They have never conceived so that lead to many doctor visits, trying different types of medicines, having procedures, many emotional rollercoaster, attempt to foster to adopt a teenager, which tested their marriage. Gracefully Waiting was birthed with anticipation of giving hope to other women battling infertility. The Hope Gift Boxes allows Natasha to share her story and start a conversation of giving hope in the midst of the storm. In this episode we learn how the Pruitt’s are gracefully waiting for their blessing while serving God and being faithful to the call on their lives as ministry leaders.

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EP83 - Couple Series: The Hutchinson's IVF Journey and "I Still Want To Be A Mom" Book

EP83 - Couple Series: The Hutchinson's IVF Journey and "I Still Want To Be A Mom" Book

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 stay together their marriages endured the hard times of pregnancy loss and infertility. Today’s couple is The Hutchinson’s who share their infertility and IVF journey and new book “I Still Want to be A Mom.” Shara Hutchinson went through over six rounds of Clomid, two miscarriages, two laparoscopic surgeries, one D&C, two failed IVF cycles, one failed FET, an ectopic pregnancy, and was finally able to have her miracle baby from her third IVF cycle. In this episode she and her husband Todd share their journey to parenthood, how their faith helped them endure the disappointments, and how their miracle rainbow baby inspires them everyday.

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EP82 - How to Support Your Friends during Miscarriage and Infertility with my BFF Amber Smith-St Louis (Part 2)

EP82 - How to Support Your Friends during Miscarriage and Infertility with my BFF Amber Smith-St Louis (Part 2)

The hardest part of going through a miscarriage or infertility is not having friends who can relate to this experience. How many of you had to distance yourself from your friends or friendships ended or shifted as a result of your loss or diagosis? Well, I have been blessed that this was not the case for me and my BFFs. If anything we have learned that our friendship can endure the best of times and the worse of times. In today’s episode we have my BFF of over 15 years on the show Amber Smith-St. Louis. Amber and I met in college at Virginia Commonwealth University in our first Chemical Engineering course and have been thick as thieves since. In this episode we just have girl chat and talk about how our friendship has evolved over the years. How we have supported each other through dark times, and how I am supporting her now in her new season trying to conceive after a miscarriage and Endometriosis diagnosis. This episode is for you if you have a BFF or girlfriends and want some inspiration on how I have maintained my friendships through my losses and infertility.

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EP81 - How to Support Your Friends during Miscarriage and Infertility with my BFF Amber Smith-St Louis (Part 1)

EP81 - How to Support Your Friends during Miscarriage and Infertility with my BFF Amber Smith-St Louis (Part 1)

The hardest part of going through a miscarriage or infertility is not having friends who can relate to this experience. How many of you had to distance yourself from your friends or friendships ended or shifted as a result of your loss or diagosis? Well, I have been blessed that this was not the case for me and my BFFs. If anything we have learned that our friendship can endure the best of times and the worse of times. In today’s episode we have my BFF of over 15 years on the show Amber Smith-St. Louis. Amber and I met in college at Virginia Commonwealth University in our first Chemical Engineering course and have been thick as thieves since. In this episode we just have girl chat and talk about how our friendship has evolved over the years. How we have supported each other through dark times, and how I am supporting her now in her new season trying to conceive after a miscarriage and Endometriosis diagnosis. This episode is for you if you have a BFF or girlfriends and want some inspiration on how I have maintained my friendships through my losses and infertility.

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EP80 - Sonhara Eastman's Black Girls Guide to Fertility and Why our Stories need to be told!

EP80 - Sonhara Eastman's Black Girls Guide to Fertility and Why our Stories need to be told!

There is a new webseries that has been all the buzz on Instagram, and its called Black Girls Guide to Fertility, created, written, and based on Sonhara' Eastman’s own battle with infertility. Black Girls Guide to Fertility tackles infertility in a profoundly intimate way that’s both dramatic and comedic without ever feeling rigid. It focuses on Ava, a 37-year old romance novelist, who faded into obscurity after finding love–and now finds herself on the rise again after self-publishing a diary detailing her fertility woes. Each episode is a recreation of Ava’s diary entry, adding a unique and compelling touch to the everyday struggle of infertility. I had the pleasure of prescreening the first two episodes and when I tell you, you do not want to miss this webseries. In this episode we discuss Sonhara’s vision, her personal infertility battle, and what is next with Black Girls Guide to Fertility. The webseries premires on Friday, January 18, 2019 and if you are listening to this in real time that is two days away. Be sure to subscribe to their youtube page, and join us in the private Sisters in Loss community at sistersinloss.com for our Watch party on Tuesday, January 22 at 8pm EST.

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EP79 - Relentless 2019! Growing my family in 2019

EP79 - Relentless 2019!  Growing my family in 2019

Happy New Year Sisters in Loss!  Welcome to 2019! Today is a solo episode of the podcast where I share my word of the year and my personal infertility and growing my family journey. 

Thank you to everyone who rated and reviewed the podcast this year.  If you have never left us a review please do so now.  Thank you to all of the guests on the podcast for sharing your story and your light during the 2018 year.  2019 is here and I’m excited about the interviews, stories, and journey’s to motherhood we will share.

So what does it mean to be relentless with our faith in Christ? Are we even sure we want to go down that road? Being relentless can sound noble and right, but it is also strangely elusive these days, especially regarding our faith.

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EP78 - Best of Sisters in Loss 2018

EP78 - Best of Sisters in Loss 2018

Happy New Year 2019 Sisters in Loss!  Welcome to 2019!  Day 2 into the new year I wanted to kick off the year with a best of series. Today’s episode is a Best of Sisters in Loss of 2018 and the episodes you loved the most.

You loved hearing about fibroids, infertility journeys, SIDS stories, 2nd trimester miscarriages, and infant loss stories.

In today’s episode I’m highlighting clips of episdoe 55 guest Gessie Thompson talking about Uterine Fibroids and how we can eliminate them through diet and exercise.  Episode 71 guest Geneen Fitchett who shares her SIDS story.  Episode 58 guest Courtney Arlesia’s 2nd trimester miscarriage journey, and episode 65 guest Qiana Wright who shares her infant loss due to daycare negligence.

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EP77 - Andrea Fenise's 2nd Trimester Miscarriage and Coping with the Loss

EP77 - Andrea Fenise's 2nd Trimester Miscarriage and Coping with the Loss

How have you coped with your loss? In today’s episode we have Andrea Fenise who share her 2nd trimester miscarriage and how she is coping with loss. Andrea is a mom, wife, and creative entrepreneur. She raised her daughter Amira for 9 years as a single mother. Andrea found love, married, and was excited to be pregnant with a girl name Olivia Isabelle. She loss Olivia at 17 weeks and in this episode she goes into detail of this journey and how she has coped with the loss. This episode is for you to listen to if you have experienced a 2nd trimester miscarriage or have struggled to cope with loss.

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EP76 - Courtney Shorter's Infertility due to Brain Tumor, Twin Loss, and Ryan Morgan Events

EP76 - Courtney Shorter's Infertility due to Brain Tumor, Twin Loss, and Ryan Morgan Events

Have you heard of the prolactin hormone? This hormone comes from your pituitary gland and is what causes your body to produce breast milk. When this hormone’s levels are elevated it causes your body to think it is pregnant and is producing milk. This was the case for today’s guest Courtney Shorter. In June 2015, Courtney delivered twin girls Ryan and Morgan 4 months early, both weighing one pound each. Three days later Morgan received her angel wings, and three weeks later Ryan joined her sister in heaven. Courtney shares in this episode how high prolactin hormone levels caused her infertility due to a brain tumor on her pituitary gland. How she took medicine to reduce her prolactin levels, her IVF journey with her rainbow baby boy Hendrix, and her inspiration for starting Ryan Morgan Events. This episode is for you to listen to if you have been diagnosed infertile due to high prolactin levels.

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EP75 - Chanay Banks' Infertility Diagnosis due to Blocked Fallopian tubes and IVF

EP75 - Chanay Banks' Infertility Diagnosis due to Blocked Fallopian tubes and IVF

Have you heard of blocked fallopian tubes?

In today’s episode we have Chanay Bank’s who share’s her secondary infertility diagnosis due to blocked fallopian tubes and her IVF journey. Chanay was diagnosed with secondary infertility at 26 years old after already having a child from a previous relationship. She ended up having both her tubes removed resulting in IVF being the option for her and her husband to grow their family. She is currently going through her second round of IVF and is documenting her journey on instagram. This episode is for you if you have experienced secondary infertility or have been diagnosed with blocked fallopian tubes.

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EP74 - Jamillah Miller's Recurrent Losses due to Incompetent Cervix and That Girl Named Boom Podcast

EP74 - Jamillah Miller's Recurrent Losses due to Incompetent Cervix and That Girl Named Boom Podcast

Have you experienced cervical incompetence or an incompetent cervix? In today’s episode we have Jamillah Miller who shares her multiple miscarriage story due to an incompetent cervix, and finding out her 16 year old daughter was pregnant right after she had her rainbow baby, and right before her grandchild was born experienced another loss. Jamillah is the founder and host of The Girl Named Boom Podcast and in this episode she shares how she overcame post partum depression, marriage being tested, and how she overcame obstacles of fear, doubt, uncertainty and timidness. This episode is for you to listen to if you have experienced recurrent losses due to incompetent cervix.

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EP73 - Chasity Womack's Stillbirth Story, 2nd Trimester Twin Loss, and Angel Babyzzz Organization

EP73 - Chasity Womack's Stillbirth Story, 2nd Trimester Twin Loss, and Angel Babyzzz Organization

In today’s episode we have Chasity Womack who shares her stillbirth story of daughter Kierstin on Sept. 26, 2009, and her 2nd trimester miscarriage of twins on January 2, 2012 and March 6, 2012. She then went on to have twin rainbow baby girls. In this episode we talk about her losses and how it inspired her to start Angel Babyzzz to support parents with Angel Babies with memory boxes at local hospitals. Their mission is to raise money and donate memory boxes to local hospitals for bereaved parents as it is extremely important to have something to remember angel babies during the grieving and healing process. We all know that leaving the hospital without a baby is one of the hardest things a parent will have to do. Angel Babyzzz goal is to keep the angel babies memory alive.

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