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.Read More
It's Women's History Month as well as National Developmental Disabilities Month. In today's episode we are featuring the 5th black women author who shares her journey around Faith, Miscarriage, Stillbirth, Infant and Pregnancy Loss, and Hope to continue on this grief journey.
In today's epsiode we have LaTanya Sothern who shares her infant loss journey and journey with special needs son. Tiffany is the author of Victory Through the Rainbow: Living with Pregnancy and Infant Loss. This book chronicles 7 women's stories of heartbreak, healing, and hope as well as their testimonies of loss, both during and shortly after pregnancy. Celebrate their bravery as they seek to help remove the stigma of pregnancy and infant loss, and show other women how they can have victory in spite of these losses. During this interview with LaTanya and one of the book contributors Ms. Aviyah Forrest we find that we share loss and having a Special Needs child in common. Listen to both of these dynamic stories of having victory after loss.
LaTanya S. Sothern has been an educator for over 20 years. She is a passionate supporter of families of children diagnosed with disabilities, and it is her mission to help them get services appropriate for their needs. A native Washingtonian, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Communication and Economics from The American University and a Master of Arts in Teaching with a concentration in Early Childhood Education from Howard University. She is certified in Early Childhood Education, Special Education, and School Administration; achieved National Board Certification (Early Childhood Generalist), and is the C.E.O. and Owner of Sothern Education Solutions, LLC – offering special education consulting, workshop presentation, and public speaking. Ms. Sothern currently serves as an administrator in the Prince George’s County Public School system. Her first book, The Birth of an Advocate: How My Son Helped Me Find My Voice, chronicles the story of her oldest son's first year of life as she and her husband learned to manage his various special needs. It was as featured at both the NAACP and The Congressional Black Caucus conventions in 2017. She is happily married to her husband Greg and they reside in Prince George’s County, Maryland with their two sons, Thomas III (Tré) and Quinton.
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LaTanya's Book about her Special Needs Son: The Birth of an Advocate: How my son helped me find my voice
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In today's episode we have Tiffany "B.Renee" Upchurch-Rivera who shares her ectopic pregnancy loss and infertility journey. Tiffany is also the author of of Ruined Womb: From Fertility to Inspiration a book of poetry and spoken word pieces to inspire those who have faced infertility or child loss. She is a veteran, army wife, mom to Elijah, and she loves to write poetry, books, anything that shares the light of God to others. Her writing style is unashamedly transparent, freeing and relatable to those who have a past but who strive for excellence everyday. Tiffany shares from the heart in this interview and stay tuned for a special Spoken Word piece from her book.Read More
In today's episode, we have Tanika Fitzgerald who shares her miscarriage story and her book titled "Miscarried Joy: Moving Beyond Incredible Pain to Extraordinary Faith." We discuss how her faith played a role in her miscarriage and her inspiration for writing her book. We also talk about the barren women in the bible Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel, Hannah, or Elizabeth, and which barren women she identifies with the most. Tanika is a woman who is passionate about her relationship with Jesus Christ, family, giving to others, laughter, having fun and enjoying every moment that life brings, and you will see that in this interview.Read More
In today's episode we have Danielle and Chris Jones. They share their Infant Loss Story of son Chris Jr, Chris Sr.'s Journey with Multiple Sclerosis, Danielle's breast health challenges, and how it was documented in their book As Sure as Tomorrow Comes: One Couple's Journey through Loss and Love. They also founded the Angel Baby Network out of the desire to help other parents who had surged pregnancy or infant loss.Read More
Happy Black History Month! After a quick Amazon search, I realized there aren't many black authors of books in this Grief and Pregnancy Loss Community. For the next 6 weeks on the podcast we are featuring 6 Books from Black Authors around Faith, Miscarriage, Stillbirth, Infant and Pregnancy Loss, and Hope to continue on this grief journey.
In today's episode we have Keanna Barnes who shares her Stillbirth story and Fibroid Journey. She is the author of Journey to Peace a 31 Day Devotional: Through the Grief of Miscarriage, Stillbirth, or Other Pregnancy Loss. In this episode she shares her journey to getting pregnant with fibroids, how her miscarriage broke her heart into a million pieces, and her courage to try again and get pregnant with her current baby due in March 2018.Read More
In today's episode we have Morgan Goodwin who shares her incompetent cervix loss story and new blog Incompetent but Hopeful. Morgan is a UT Grad and Track and Field Star and is the wife to NFL player Marquise Goodwin who is a wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers. Most of us who watch football became familiar with the Goodwin's story back in November 2017. On Sunday, November 12, 2017, Morgan's husband Marquise scored an 83 yard touchdown on the same day their baby passed away prematurely. Marquise celebrated the touch down by blowing a kiss to the sky, dropped to his knees and broke down crying in the end zone. Morgan then went on instagram to post "This whole week has taken an emotional toll on my husband and I, Struggling to keep our healthy baby safe in my womb. However, God had other plans for us. Today, I had to deliver my precious baby boy early this morning due to preterm labor. Despite our loss, my hubby kept grinding, scored his son a touchdown & got our first “W” of the season. He had a wonderful game today. I️ appreciate everyone who kept us in their prayers and constantly checked in on us. This was truly and an amazing experience and it was also a tragic experience. But that’s okay because we won’t stop fighting and we won’t give up on what God has in store for us. It’s just important for us to remember that things happen for a reason, even though we may question ourselves “why us.” Our faith is strong..." In this interview Morgan share's what happened up until that day and that moment when she saw her husband make that touchdown, how her faith in God played a role in her grief, and how she is writing through her newest venture her blog Incompetent but Hopeful.Read More
In today's episode we have Aniesa Knapp who shares her 20 week pregnancy loss story of daughter Ava and her personal blog My Hope Floats. Aniesa is the mom to Angel Ava who was born into heaven at 20 weeks and has been married to her husband Don for 3 years. They live in Hartford County, Maryland with their fur baby Piper. Aniesa is a nurse and works as a home care nurse liaison. She created the My Hope Floats blog to continue to heal and to hopefully connect with others who have experienced pregnancy loss.Read More
In today's episode we have Cassidy M. Dear who share's her stillbirth story of daughter Courtney and the Born into Heaven Foundation. Cassidy has become an extreme advocate for stillbirth awareness ever since her own personal loss of her daughter Courtney in 2014. Cassidy strives to dedicate her time by uplifting parents in the community who have also been affected by stillbirth. In 2015 she founded Born Into Heaven Foundation as a financial resource for families in the state of Alabama. She oversees a volunteer board that is dedicated to relieving the financial burden of funeral cost for stillborn babies. Cassidy was awarded her bachelors in Social Work from Auburn University in December 2017. Cassidy lives in Opelika, Alabama with her family. She enjoys dancing and journaling. Born into Heaven Foundation is hosting their Spring Gala on April 14, 2018 in Opelika, Alabama to gather among others, mingle, dine, and support stillbirth awareness.Read More
Do we need to have grief resolutions or grief goals for this year? In today's episode we have Pachuska Vil-Audain also known as Pat who shares her infertility experience and journey to starting a grief coaching business called Top Counseling. We discuss having and setting grief goals and resolutions. How can we make this New Year one filled with personal growth and inner peace from grief due to pregnancy loss. And how we can commit to our grief journey this year. Pat is a passionate and engaging coach and motivating speaker who works enthusiastically with individuals, couples, families, groups and companies to guide them from turning their dreams into realistic, attainiable & tangible goals.Read More
Happy New Year 2018! Welcome Episode 26 of the Erica M. McAfee Podcast. Today’s episode is a solo episode of the podcast. I wanted to start the year off with chatting with you about the biggest lesson I learned from 2017, and doing what scares me by being Fearless in 2018. Before I begin, thank you to all who have rated, reviewed, and subscribed to the podcast in Apple Podcasts. You can still complete the Podcast Survey by visiting bit.ly/emmpodcastsurvey and you will be entered into a raffle for a $20 Amazon Gift Card. I love your feedback it helps me get an idea of what type of content you want to hear in the new year.Read More
In today’s episode we have the Garrets. Sheldon and Xenia met in undergrad at Louisiana State University and began dating a little over 10 years ago. They were married in 2013 after completing grad school and moved to Houston a couple of months later. Sheldon is a Senior Business Analyst for a managed healthcare company in Houston. Prior to having our twins, Xenia was a Talent Acquisition Manager for a Restaurant Group here. They are the proud parents of Nolan and Nash (1 year old fraternal twin boys) and Cassius, our 3 year old English Bulldog. Prior to Nolan and Nash, they unfortunately lost a set of twins while they were 17 weeks along. It was the most devastating life event for their family and an adversity they initially struggled with overcoming. They are blessed to have their rainbow twin boys, as well as their angels who will always reside in their hearts.Read More