It’s Black Maternal Mental Health Week!
Black mothers are much more likely to suffer a pregnancy or infant loss, and also more likely to die during pregnancy and childbirth. The emotional and mental weight of these losses is heavy and ever present for Black mothers in America (and many other countries). There are many factors that influence these statistics, but the over arching truth is that it has to change. And the first step to change is awareness.
At Smooth Stones Coaching, we are here to support all our sisters who have endured loss.
I am honored to have as my guest Erica McAfee. Erica is a mom of two babies in heaven and one miracle child. She is an advocate for Black maternal mental health and grief support. She is an educator, speaker, and podcaster at Sisters in Loss, where she shares stories of loss and hope. Erica also trains birth and bereavement doulas. She is a classically trained violinist and lover of Jesus Christ.
You can find out more about Erica and Sisters in loss here:
The book Erica mentioned is Medical Bondage by Deidre Cooper Owens
If you have any questions, let me know here:
If you would like to share your baby’s story on the podcast, submit here: https://smoothstonescoaching.com/podcast-submissions
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Music provided by ZingDog / Pond5
Photo provided by Erica McAfee