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The Savvy Black Birther

22 EpisodesProduced by Takiya Sakina Ballard, Licensed MidwifeWebsite

The Savvy Black Birther is a podcast that inspires, cultivates, validates and protects the voice of Black Mothers as consumers of healthcare in the United States. It equips the black and indigenous birthing person to become a savvy healthcare consumer during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. It is a… read more

22 Episodes | 2020 - 2021

Season Finale - Postpartum: The Forgotten Trimester

April 21st, 2021


Navigating the pregnancy and birth of a child can be overwhelming and rewarding too. Being tried and tested to come out on the other side of delivery with the gift you've been waiting for is the highlight of the …

Uterus Don’t Fail Me Now: Living with Uterine Fibroids

April 14th, 2021


Have you ever been diagnosed with uterine fibroids? What do you do when you feel like your uterus has failed you? Is it even possible to heal from uterine fibroids? Founder LaToya Dwight of “The Fibroid Pandemic”, a …

Pregnancy, Birth, Newborn, and Breastfeeding Hacks from the Community’s Experts

April 7th, 2021


Want to know proven hacks to navigate the healthcare system as a person who is embarking on parenthood? Hear from community experts, a nurse …

Racism in American Healthcare Education

March 31st, 2021


Has it ever dawn on you that the healthcare provider that you’ve sat across from was once a student? An individual who was shaped into the professional they are today. Now granted, every individual is unique and may …

All Things Sex: During Pregnancy and Postpartum

March 24th, 2021


In this episode, we discuss all things sex during pregnancy and postpartum. We will talk about myths and facts and give you all the tips and tricks to having a healthy sex life during pregnancy and after. Featuring …

The Evolution of Me #HERSTORY

March 17th, 2021


Listen as the host of The Savvy Black Birther podcast, Takiya Sakina Ballard, Licensed Midwife, tells the story of her journey through life, from her childhood until now. This is a must-listen-to audio autobiography for …

The Truth About Black Birth Series: The Nykeba Sonubi Story

March 10th, 2021


This episode features the birth story of Nykeba Sonubi, a South Florida-based creator and entrepreneur with a vast background in sales, education, marketing, and storytelling.  Nykeba’s story is one of tests and trials; …

Infertility and Pregnancy Loss in the Black Community featuring Erica McAfee

March 3rd, 2021


In this episode, we explore infertility and pregnancy loss in the Black community with special guest Erica McAfee, Founder of Sisters in Loss, a community of black women replacing silence with storytelling. Grab a cup …

The Truth About Black Birth Series: The Helanah Warren Story

February 24th, 2021


This episode features the birth story of Helanah Warren, who is an entrepreneur who helps working professionals create & commit to their wellness goals. She is a Plant-based chef, Licensed Massage Therapist, Yoga …

Self-Advocacy: Understanding Your Rights and Learning How to Fight For Them

February 19th, 2021


Those who champion the birthing community encourage birthing people to self-advocate, but what exactly is self-advocacy? In this episode, we explore …

The Truth About Black Birth Series - Breaking it Down: The Shannel Pearman Story

November 18th, 2020


Season Finale (Part 2): This episode reviews the birth story of Shannel Pearman, an Emmy Nominated News Reporter who had a stroke secondary to postpartum preeclampsia, and it almost cost her her life. This episode …

The Truth About Black Birth Series: The Shannel Pearman Story

November 11th, 2020


Season Finale (Part 1): This episode features the birth story of Shannel Pearman is an Emmy Nominated news reporter living in Baltimore, Maryland with her husband and young son. In 2019, just one week after giving …

Black Midwifery: Past, Present, and Future ~ A real and relevant conversation for the community!

November 4th, 2020


An in-depth conversation with midwives representing Black Midwifery’s past, present, and future. This is a real and relevant conversation for the community to inspire strategic partnerships and support.   

Special …

Cesarean Section: Not Just Birth. It’s Major Surgery!

October 28th, 2020


In this episode, we will discuss surgical birth with two Obstetrician-Gynecologists, both of BIPOC descent, one practicing in the American healthcare …

The God We Trust: How the Electronic Fetal Monitoring System has Become God of the Labor Room

October 21st, 2020


We talk about the electronic fetal monitoring system, the system that all laboring individuals are connected to when they enter the hospital system to birth. This episode will not disappoint. It’s jam-packed with tons …

Sonogram: The Great Pretender

October 14th, 2020


“Sonogram: The Great Pretender” offers listeners an abundance of information about obstetrical ultrasound. It equips you to make informed decisions …

Deconstructing the Prenatal Visit

October 7th, 2020


An in-depth conversation with experienced midwives from the hospital, birth center, and home settings who talk about the components of the typical …

Pregnancy Wellness

September 30th, 2020


This episode details the concept of “pregnancy wellness” and offers the listener the opportunity to explore the life and pregnancy experiences of our guest Nykeba Sonubi as she journeys towards her personal wellness. …

Vetting the Healthcare Provider

September 23rd, 2020


This episode details the how-tos of vetting a healthcare provider. How do you know if you’re picking a good one? 

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Dismantling the Medical Industrial Complex: Break the Bitch Down

September 16th, 2020


This episode details the pitfalls of the Medical Industrial Complex (MIC), how to recognize them, and how to safeguard yourself when birthing in the MIC. We're talking about ”breaking the bitch down,” the Medical …

Becoming a Savvy Healthcare Consumer

September 9th, 2020


This episode details the how-tos of becoming a savvy healthcare consumer. It describes the ins and outs of the American Healthcare System and how to navigate it wisely.

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The Savvy Black Birther Podcast

September 2nd, 2020


This trailer describes the purpose and mission of the podcast. It is a personal invitation from the creator and host Takiya Sakina Ballard, CNM, to you, the listener, to sit back and enjoy the show. You’re welcome to …

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