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Author: You Had Me at Black, The Woodshaw

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NATAL is a podcast docuseries about having a baby while Black in the United States. We pass the mic to Black parents, to tell their stories in their own words, about their pregnancy, birthing, and postpartum care, in their own words. The docuseries also highlights the birthworkers, medical professionals, researchers, and advocates fighting daily for better care for Black birthing parents.

Visit www.natalstories.com for bonus content, our community blog, and resource hub. Follow @natalstories on Instagram and Twitter.
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Introducing NATAL

Introducing NATAL

2020-04-1402:23

Visit www.natalstories.com to learn more about NATAL, access our resource hub, read our community blog, and donate to our production fund.Follow NATAL on social media:www.instagram.com/natalstorieswww.twitter.com/natalstoriesJoin our Facebook Community to connect with other parents, birth workers, and advocates:https://www.facebook.com/groups/natalstoriesNATAL is produced by You Had Me at Black and The Woodshaw:Listen to You Had Me at Black wherever you get your podcasts 
The Prelude

The Prelude

2020-04-1505:29

Visit www.natalstories.com to learn more about NATAL, access our resource hub, read our community blog, and donate to our production fund.Follow NATAL on social media:www.instagram.com/natalstorieswww.twitter.com/natalstoriesJoin our Facebook Community to connect with other parents, birth workers, and advocates:https://www.facebook.com/groups/natalstoriesNATAL is produced by You Had Me at Black and The Woodshaw:Listen to You Had Me at Black wherever you get your podcasts 
One: Myeshia's Story

One: Myeshia's Story

2020-04-2223:16

Myeshia is a married, 34-year-old cis Black queer woman with a PhD. Two weeks after giving birth to her first child, things take a turn for the worse in a Southern California emergency room. In this episode we mention:  * California cuts its maternal mortality rate in half* CA Senator Holly J. Mitchell's bias training bill* California as a "global reproductive technology hub"* Postpartum preeclampsia* Sisters in Loss podcast Visit natalstories.com to learn more about NATAL, access our resource hub, and donate to our production fund. Follow NATAL on social media @natalstories. Join our Facebook Community to connect with other parents, birth workers, and advocates. NATAL is produced by You Had Me at Black and The Woodshaw. Listen to You Had Me at Black wherever you get your podcasts. 
Martina explores the historical roots of modern obstetrics and gynecology. Dr. Joia Crear-Perry and Dr. Mimi Niles explain how flaws in medical education and research contribute to the Black birthing crisis. In this episode we mention: Dr. Joia Crear Perry of the National Birth Equity Collaborative;  Dr. Mimi Niles of The Birth Place Lab;  and Healing Circle Podcast. Visit natalstories.com to learn more about NATAL, access our resource hub, and donate to our production fund. Follow us social media: @natalstories, and join our Facebook Community to connect with other parents, birth workers, and advocates. NATAL is produced by You Had Me at Black and The Woodshaw. Listen to You Had Me at Black wherever you get your podcasts.
Facing unplanned pregnancies in their 20s, Mikah and Cecilia's hospital births reveal how access to childbirth education, support systems, and the lack of standardization of care shaped their individual journeys to becoming parents for the first time.In this episode we mention: Birth Stories in Color podcast, The Depo-Provera shot, and Intrauterine Devices (IUDs)Follow NATAL on social media: @natalstoriesJoin our Facebook Community to connect with other parents, birth workers, and advocates.NATAL is produced by You Had Me at Black and The Woodshaw. Listen to You Had Me at Black wherever you get your podcasts.
A Message From NATAL

A Message From NATAL

2020-06-0301:25

In solidarity with the uprisings, and in honor of the countless victims of police and state-sanctioned violence, we are holding off on publishing this week's episode. We'll return Wednesday, June 10.In this episode we mention three organizations whose work you should support:#FreeBlackMamasSurvived & PunishedLGBTQ Freedom Fund,Follow NATAL on social media: @natalstoriesJoin our Facebook Community to connect with other parents, birth workers, and advocates.NATAL is produced by You Had Me at Black and The Woodshaw. Listen to You Had Me at Black wherever you get your podcasts.
Four: Shellie's Story

Four: Shellie's Story

2020-06-1041:35

After trying to conceive for 10 years, Shellie was finally having her dream baby, but the challenges of motherhood slowly evolved into a silent struggle with postpartum depression. Reproductive psychiatrist Dr. Sinmi Bamgbose shares how she's working to expand mental health resources for Black birthing parents.In this episode we mention:Mind Over Melanin PodcastDr. Sinmi Bamgboshe of Cedars Sinai Medical CenterPostpartum depression and reproductive psychiatry
Today we’re airing a special episode from the Bodies podcast. Their show follows women and non binary folx on their journeys to solve the mysteries of their bodies.  In this episode you’ll hear from Kalalea. After more than a decade of suffering, KalaLea discovers that the cause of her painful periods is common for Black women, but far from normal.In this episode we mention:FibroidsWeatheringFollow NATAL on social media: @natalstoriesJoin our Facebook Community to connect with other parents, birth workers, and advocates.NATAL is produced by You Had Me at Black and The Woodshaw. Listen to You Had Me at Black wherever you get your podcasts.
Marilyn and Yvonne are two parents determined to grow their families. When pregnancy loss disrupts their plans, they turn to their faith. Please note, this episode contains graphic details about miscarriage and stillbirth.In this episode we mention: Miscarriage, Stillbirth and Sleeping Babies, and Black Millennial Marriage Podcast. For resources for coping with pregnancy loss, visit the Mayo Clinic, CDC, and NATAL Resource Hub. For support following a loss, visit Still Birth Day and Sisters in Loss.Follow NATAL on social media: @natalstoriesJoin our Facebook Community to connect with other parents, birth workers, and advocates.NATAL is produced by You Had Me at Black and The Woodshaw. Listen to You Had Me at Black wherever you get your podcasts.
Six: Brittany's Story

Six: Brittany's Story

2020-07-2253:38

After receiving subpar care with OBGYNs at her local hospital, Brittany pursues pre-natal care with a midwife. In this episode, we explore alternative care models for Black birthing parents, and hear from Demetra Seriki, a midwife in Colorado.In this episode we mention: Midwives, Birthing Centers, The Business of Being Born Documentary, and Demetra Seriki of A Mother’s Choice Midwifery Follow NATAL on social media: @natalstoriesJoin our Facebook Community to connect with other parents, birth workers, and advocates.NATAL is produced by You Had Me at Black and The Woodshaw. Listen to You Had Me at Black wherever you get your podcasts.
Seven: Alexius' Story

Seven: Alexius' Story

2020-08-0537:27

This week we’re at home with Alexius Hill, a Memphis-based young mother who chose to give birth at home despite her family and friends’ concerns about doing so. We discuss the stigma around home births, and explore the radical work of full-spectrum doulas and the ways they strive to provide quality perinatal support for all birthing parents.In this episode we mention: Homebirths, and their costs, safety and legality; Positive home birth outcomes for low-risk birthing parents; Full-spectrum doula practice; Charlie Monlouis Anderle of Nourishing Seeds Doula; The NATAL Summit Follow NATAL on social media: @natalstoriesJoin our Facebook Community to connect with other parents, birth workers, and advocates.NATAL is produced by You Had Me at Black and The Woodshaw. Listen to You Had Me at Black wherever you get your podcasts.
Eight: Trish's Story

Eight: Trish's Story

2020-08-1944:17

In our season finale, Dallas-based mother and doula, Trish, demonstrates what agency from day one looks like for Black birthing parents: Trish shares what inspired her to become a birthworker, as well as the story of her home birth experience, including the phenomenal care she received from her Black midwife and doula. And Congresswoman Alma Adams (D-NC), co-founder of the Black Maternal Health Caucus, tells us why care for Black birthing parents is personal for her and how she's fighting on Capitol Hill to improve policy and protections for them.In this episode we mention: Homebirth midwives, Congresswoman Alma Adams (D-NC), The Black Maternal Health Caucus and Momnibus Act of 2020, Expectations placed on Black pregnant women at work, Where you can rewatch the NATAL SummitFollow NATAL on social media: @natalstoriesJoin our Facebook Community to connect with other parents, birth workers, and advocates.NATAL is produced by You Had Me at Black and The Woodshaw. Listen to You Had Me at Black wherever you get your podcasts.
Welcome to The NATAL Summit! In this bonus episode, birth equity advocates from the non-profit sector to government discuss how they're advancing public narratives, alongside effective data-informed public policies that result in better health outcomes for Black birthing parents. In this episode you’ll hear from:Congresswoman Alma Adams, D-NC (Black Maternal Health Caucus)Jamille Fields Allsbrook (Center for American Progress)Kimberly Seals Allers (Irth)Charles Johnson, (4Kira4Moms)Moderator Gabrielle Horton (NATAL)
Welcome back to The NATAL Summit! In this bonus episode, medical providers and birthworkers share steps needed to create a more integrated model of care that empowers Black birthing parents and protects the sacredness of the childbirth process.  In this episode you'll hear from:Dr. Sinmi Bamgbose (Cedars-Sinai Medical Center)Latham Thomas (Mama Glow)Dr. Jamila Perritt (Board-certified OBGYN)Tanya Smith Johnson (Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition - Hawaii)Moderator: Martina Abrahams Ilunga (NATAL)
Welcome to The NATAL Summit! In this bonus episode, our very own production team offers a behind-the-scenes look at what it means to produce Black stories with dignity and how the team approached the season from a craft perspective. You'll hear from our:Editor, Tiara DarnellSound Designer & Engineer, Jessica JupiterProducer, Jhodie WilliamsCo-Hosts, Gabrielle Horton and Martina Abrahams Ilunga
Welcome to The NATAL Summit! In this bonus episode, several parent storytellers from NATAL Season One gathered in a multi-generational conversation about the value of oral traditions, agency, and healing for Black birthing parents. You'll hear from:Marilyn Abrahams, Episode FiveShellie Blackson, Episode FourTrish Jones, Episode EightModerators: Co-Hosts Martina Abrahams Ilunga & Gabrielle Horton Share your story on NATALWe're looking for stories for Season Two! This time, we're focusing on Black birthing parents, providers and advocates in rural communities. If you or someone you know have given birth, delivered a birth, or supported birthing persons in rural areas, visit natal stories.com/participate for more information.
Despite how common pregnancy loss is, families often suffer in silence. In honor of Black Maternal Health Week (#BMHW21), we teamed up with NPR’s Life Kit to share stories from parents who have experienced loss, and expert advice about how to support loved ones through grief.In this episode we mention:Episode Five: Marilyn and Yvonne’s StoriesSisters in LossThe NATAL Resource HubNPR: Life Kit
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