EP102 - Crystal Justice's Healing from Miscarriage and Still Desiring to become a Mother

EP102 - Crystal Justice's Healing from Miscarriage and Still Desiring to become a Mother

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.

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EP101 - Shawn Owen's Uterine Fibroids Journey and Pregnancy After Miscarriage

EP101 - Shawn Owen's Uterine Fibroids Journey and Pregnancy After Miscarriage

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.

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100th Sisters in Loss Podcast Episode - MTY Retreat Experience and The Momference

100th Sisters in Loss Podcast Episode - MTY Retreat Experience and The Momference

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.com

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EP99 - Brittany Bronson's Chemical Pregnancy and Unexplained Infertility Diagnosis

EP99 - Brittany Bronson's Chemical Pregnancy and Unexplained Infertility Diagnosis

Have you heard of the term Chemical Pregnancy? Well in today’s episode our guest Brittany Bronson explains her journey to motherhood began with 2 chemical pregnancies and one blighted ovum. She was referred to a reproductive endocrinologist only to be diagnosed with unexplained infertility. They endured 2 rounds of fertility medication with no luck and decided to take a break. A month later they conceived their rainbow baby Carter naturally. In this episode she takes us on that journey of being pregnant after loss and infertility. This episode is for you to listen to if you want to learn about a Chemical pregnancy, blighted ovum, and stepping out on faith to trust God during your journey to motherhood. 

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EP98 - Tanisha Garnier's 2nd Trimester Loss and 25 week Miracle

EP98 - Tanisha Garnier's 2nd Trimester Loss and 25 week Miracle

Tanisha Garnier has experienced a loss of her son Xavier Lawrence at 21 weeks due to a short cervix that wasn’t detected until her 19 week ultrasound.  Tanisha also has beat infertility from being diagnosed with PCOS and having a history of not ovulating because of irregular periods. She was able to conceive Xavier after a few months of fertility treatments with her OB, and after a year she tried again, and in this episode, she has birthed her miracle and rainbow baby Ezra Joy at 25 weeks.  In this episode we had to reschedule due to a scare of preterm birth in her pregnancy, and we could chat about her experience in the NICU thus far with Ezra. This episode is for you to listen to if you have been diagnosed with PCOS, incompetent cervix, had a micropreemie and extended NICU stay.

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EP97 - Tori Alamaze's Recurrent Pregnancy Loss Journey and Trans Abdominal Cerclage

EP97 - Tori Alamaze's Recurrent Pregnancy Loss Journey and Trans Abdominal Cerclage

Recurrent pregnancy loss is defined as 3 consecutive losses prior to 20 weeks gestation.  Today’s guest Tori Alamaze has carried and birth 4 babies, but only has only living child the other 3 babies died due to incompetent cervix and a recurrent pregnancy loss diagnosis.  In today’s episode Tori shares her journey to motherhood after receiving vaginal cerclages and having them fail at 24 weeks with her son Issa and at 21 weeks with her boy/girl twins. She knew she needed to research to understand what was happening to her body and she found abbeyloopers.com.  From her research she knew she would be a great candidate for a Trans Abdominal Cerclage and in this episode she takes us back on the journey to making the decision to undergo major abdominal surgery prior to conceiving to have her rainbow baby girl.

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EP96 - Halima Edge on How to Seek God for Healing, Understanding and Restoration after Loss

EP96 - Halima Edge on How to Seek God for Healing, Understanding and Restoration after Loss

May is always a difficult and painful month for us Sisters in Loss. I’m here to let you know that You're Still a Mother on Mother's Day and everyday of the year, if You've Had a Miscarriage, Infant Loss, Stillbirth, and Infertility Challenges. Celebrate Mother’s Day in your own special way, and reflect on your baby in heaven and the future babies that will be here with you on earth. I love you Sisters in Loss and know that we are here to support you, love on you, and encourage you in every way. Join us in our private community at SistersinLoss.com

In today’s episode we have Halima Edge who shares her 2nd trimester miscarriage story and how her rainbow baby healed her. Halima shares in this episode the traumatic birth she had a 20 weeks and how she turned to God for healing, understanding, and restoration. The doctors could not diagnose her with premature labor or incompetent cervix so when she became pregnant again with her rainbow baby she received a cerclage due to her previous cervical challenges. Her rainbow baby boy was born at 39 weeks after overcoming the fear of losing him and healing throughout the pregnancy. This episode is for you to listen to if you have been pregnant after loss and how to seek God for healing, understanding, and restoration.

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EP95 - Kieona Fairley Stillbirth Journey and London’s Footprints Book

EP95 - Kieona Fairley Stillbirth Journey and London’s Footprints Book

In today’s episode we have Kieona Fairley who shares her stillbirth story of son London and her book London’s Footprints. Kieona shares in this episode how her water broke during Thanksgiving 2011 at 41 weeks pregnant only to find out her son London did not have a heartbeat. She recounts this traumatic experience and how she is using her story to help heal herself and others through her book London’s footprints. This episode is for you to listen to if you have experienced a Stillbirth or want to know how to use your story to heal others by becoming an author.

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EP94 - Tabitha Franklin's Infertility Journey and using the Fertility Awareness Method to conceive her Rainbow Baby

EP94 - Tabitha Franklin's Infertility Journey and using the Fertility Awareness Method to conceive her Rainbow Baby

April is what we call our Sisters in Loss Fertility Awareness Month. All month long we have been talking to women who have had fertility challenges, gone through alternative fertility treatments like IUI or IVF, and continue to push through the barriers to grow their families.

In this last episode of this series we have Tabitha Franklin who shares her miscarriage, infant loss story, and infertility journey using the Fertility Awareness method. Tabitha is an English teacher in the Chicago suburbs and has been married for over 6 years. She shares how she got off birth control when she was married and charted her cycles using the Fertility Awareness Method. She was able to conceive, but soon after she miscarried. Tabitha went on to try again and was able to conceive and carry her daughter Parker to 24 weeks when she had her prematurely and she lived for 57 minutes. Tabitha was heartbroken she didn’t want to try again, but she knew since she was 39 she needed to retrieve eggs to freeze embryos. When she scheduled her egg retrieval she found out she was pregnant with her rainbow baby. In this episode Tabitha takes us on her infertility journey, infant loss story, and how her losses strengthened her marriage instead of tearing it apart. This episode is for you to listen to if you have considered charting your cycle and following the Fertility Awareness Method, and faith in the wait.

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EP93 - LaTaunya Andrews Infertility Journey with PCOS and Trusting God through the Set backs

EP93 - LaTaunya Andrews Infertility Journey with PCOS and Trusting God through the Set backs

April is what we call our Sisters in Loss Fertility Awareness Month. All month long we will be talking to women who have had fertility challenges, gone through alternative fertility treatments like IUI or IVF, and continue to push through the barriers to grow their families.

 

In today’s episode as we end Black Maternal Health Week we have LaTaunya Andrews who shares her PCOS journey and infertility challenges.  LaTaunya is a Navy Military wife residing in beautiful San Diego, California, while her husband is currently on deployment.  LaTaunya was diagnosed with PCOS when she was 21, and her doctor told her she wouldn’t be able to have children.  She started her journey to motherhood back in September 2015, after changing her lifestyle to shrink her cysts, she conceived in December 2016 with the help of Clomid.  She was so happy and felt quite blessed, however on January 6, 2017 just 2 days after hearing the babies heartbeat for the first time she found out she was miscarrying.  LaTaunya left the hospital defeated, but determined to have a baby.  She went on to conceive again in January 2018 and that ended in a chemical pregnancy.  In this episode LaTaunya shares where she is now currently in her journey after a hysteroscopy removing precancerous cells, hyperthyroidism diagnosis, and a benin tumor on her pituitary gland.  LaTaunya is determined to bring home her rainbow baby and shares how she keeps going inspite of set back after set back, and how she stays grounded.  This episode is for you to listen to if you have PCOS, hyperthyroidism, Pituitary gland tumor, or infertility challenges that make you question “why me God.”

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EP92 - Black Woman Birthing Justice with Dr. Sayida Peprah

EP92 - Black Woman Birthing Justice with Dr. Sayida Peprah

Tomorrow begins Black Maternal Health Week April 11-17, 2019 and there is no better way to kick off this week than talking to the women of the Birthing Justice movement. I had the pleasure of meeting these ladies this past December at the Black Mamas Matter Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. The work these women do around Maternal Health and Mortality is remarkable. In today’s episode we have Dr. Sayida Peprah who is a doula, licensed clinical therapist, speaker, and member of the Black Birthing Justice movement. She shares what Birthing Justice movement is, why doulas are important, and what we can do to help the infant and mortality rates in our community.

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EP91 - Tina Fuller’s Child Loss and Secondary Infertility and Healing Fibroids with Plant Based Diet

EP91 - Tina Fuller’s Child Loss and Secondary Infertility and Healing Fibroids with Plant Based Diet

April is what we call our Sisters in Loss Fertility Awareness Month. All month long we will be talking to women who have had fertility challenges, gone through alternative fertility treatments like IUI or IVF, and continue to push through the barriers to grow their families. In today’s episode we have Tina Fuller, author and certified nutrition coach and my fellow plant based sister who shares her loss of her son who was tragically hit by a car and secondary infertility journey. Tina and her husband Rashon are the founders of FullerQuest, a holistic healing advocacy company. Tina shares in the this episode how she grieved the loss of her son when she was so young, how fibroids have played a role in her secondary infertility, and how changing her diet and switching to eating plant based and living a holistic lifestyle is how she is healing her body from fibroids. This episode is for you to listen to if you have fibroids (which most black women do have), and want to understand how to heal your body from the inside out by eating more plant based meals.

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