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We are two, Black Single Mothers who made the decision to have and raise our children on our own. We met as admins for a Facebook group called Mocha SMC.This group is an unapologetically Black space for Black women to discuss the trials, tribulations, and joys of this non-traditional path to motherhood. There are several SMC social media groups and forums – some focused on trying to have a child and others on parenting those children. But after spending time in those spaces, we realized ther ...
 
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In this episode, the Mocha SMCs discuss what happened over the holiday season and dive into the topics: 1. How to tell your friends and family you want to be an SMC. 2. When is a good time (if age isn't a factor) to TTC? 3. How to deal with Father's Day events at school.By Aisha and Hera, The Mocha SMCs
 
The Mocha SMCs are bringing you a special holiday episode where we talk about what it's like for SMCs around the holidays. We give tips and tricks to holiday survival to include where and how to hide gifts, how to handle the elf on the shelf, and what to do with TTC disappointment during the holiday season. Make sure your kids aren't around when li…
 
In the final episode of season two, the Mocha SMCs break down by representation matters. They discuss their favorite television shows and how the conscious choice of media consumption plays into their parenting. Walk away with a solid list of shows that affirm Blackness for children as well as make you feel good watching as an adult.…
 
In the second to last episode for season two, the Mocha SMCs catch you up on what's been happening in their lives. They discuss topics such as how to get past anxiety about getting a sitter during the pandemic (so you can do adult things), traveling during the pandemic, toddler pandemic anxiety, the Single Mother's by Choice Conference, and a few h…
 
Join us for the second part of our season two ask us anything episode. I this episode we discuss things like - what to tell your friend when she's intent on setting you up with a guy while you are TTC, how to handle when your friends all seem to be popping out babies but you are not getting pregnant, and several others.…
 
On today's episode, Aisha and Hera (the Mocha SMCs) share a bit about themselves - things that aren't directly related to kids and mommying. Get to know your Mocha SMCs with questions like - what are we listening to, what are we reading, and where are we going during a zombie apocalypse!By Aisha and Hera, The Mocha SMCs
 
Here we are - almost two years into a pandemic that everyone thought would only last a few months. Kids are back to school in person and the Mocha SMCs are here to tell you about how it's been going for them and some tips for parenting survival during these tough times.By Aisha and Hera, The Mocha SMCs
 
Since we had so many questions from the season one AMA, we decided to dedicate another episode to answering your burning questions. In this episode, we discuss topics like baby hair care, the pain of IVF, how to practice self care during IVF, choosing a donor on the brown spectrum, and finding books with brown characters for your kids.…
 
In this episode, the Mocha SMCs have a conversation with sociologist Rosanna Hertz about her two books as well as popular SMC topics like outcomes, race, and the evolution of the SMC. Rosanna has been researching this topic for quite some time and was able to shed some light on the movement from a sociological perspective.…
 
The Mocha SMCs discuss how to get your finances in order before having children and some parenting hacks to ensure you are organized and prepared financially for your baby. You don't have to be rich to have a baby, but you need to be organized with your money if you are an SMC without another income to rely on outside your own.…
 
This week on the Mocha Single Mothers by Choice Podcast we chat with Mocha SMC Kim. Kim was in her late twenties when she learned she had aggressive fibroids that required invasive surgery to remove. At that time, her doctor informed her that if she wanted children she'd need to consider conceiving within five years or risk not being able to have a…
 
We found a Black Embryologist ya'll! This week we chat with Alease the embryologist on the science behind baby making. We will discuss things like - what does a quality egg look like, can you still inseminate with a mosaic embryo, and is it me or HIM (male infertility and how this should factor into sperm choice)…
 
Today on the podcast, Aisha and Hera have a case of The Mondays. The Mocha SMCs chat about how to manage every day frustrations, get out of the house with two kids (one of which is a toddler always trying to toddler), and how to navigate when our past trauma and fears seep into parenting.By Aisha and Hera, The Mocha SMCs
 
The Mocha SMCs sit down with the founder of the Single Mothers by Choice movement - Jane Mattes. In the early 1980s when SMCing wasn't really a thing (or at least wasn't enough of a thing for there to be a name for it), Jane was sitting around her dining room table with a few other mothers who'd chosen single motherhood prior to their children bein…
 
We're back!! We took a break for a couple months to plan new content for season two and in this first episode, we are catching everyone up on how things have been going for us. The topics in this episode include home buying, childcare post pandemic, dating, and what happens now when the world is opening up. We've missed ya'll and hope you tune in t…
 
In this special (in between season) episode the Mocha SMCs discuss what this Hallmark holiday means for our families, how we are celebrating (or not celebrating), and tips for surviving the day. 5 Tips for surviving Father’s Day as an SMC: Read books that depict diverse family structures. Books can be scaffolding for difficult conversations. 2. Pro…
 
This is the final episode of season one and we tackle five questions from our listeners. These questions are topics that we didn't go into too much detail on during the season to include: "Is there a right age to become an SMC", "How did you tell your children about their conception", "Does the fertility industry discriminate against SMCs" and more…
 
In this episode, the Mocha SMCs have a conversation with Alyse Mencias. Alyse is the Clinic Relations Manager for Seattle Sperm Bank and has a Masters Degree in Reproductive Clinical Science. In addition to sharing her own experiences as a Black mother, Alyse gives you a look behind the curtain of a sperm bank - from donor diversity to the awkward …
 
In this episode we discuss how to process birth expectations and disappointments. Even if we plan out every detail of our pregnancy and birth, that doesn't mean it will go as planned. We have a very special guest on this episode - Mocha SMC Simone, who is a teacher, author, and former Doula. She shares her birth journey and gives some excellent tip…
 
In this episode we welcome two special guests, Angela and Michelle. They are both Black, Single Mothers by Choice who adopted their children. In addition to being an SMC, Michelle Hughes is also an attorney in the Chicago area who specializes in adoption law. This episode will introduce the different types of adoption and the various ways in which …
 
In this week's episode we are joined by our guest (who is both a Black SMC and a Doula) Safara Cooper to explore the topic of known donors. This could be a friend whose offered his sperm or someone you met via a known donor connection website. Safara shares with us resources she used on her journey to finding the one.…
 
It's the day after Valentine's Day and to kick off this week's episode we do a quick recap of our first virtual event by announcing our Mocha SMC top ten things we would want to do for Valentine's Day. Thank you to the Mocha SMCs who helped us compile this list. In this episode, we also discuss the importance and the process of Estate Planning. How…
 
In this episode we discuss the things we wished we'd known about the medical stuff - such as questions to ask your fertility doctor, reasons you might not be getting pregnant, complications during pregnancy, and how to be your own advocate (as well as find your ride or die friend/family member who can advocate on your behalf).…
 
In this episode of the Mocha SMC Podcast, we discuss choosing a donor. We will review the things that were important to us as well as debate the hot button topic of race as it relates to donor selection. Where are all the Black donors? And what Black and White women should consider before choosing a donor outside of their race.…
 
In this first episode of Mocha SMC we discuss the very definition of SMC and why we think it's high time for us to hold a Black space on this topic. In a community that has been largely dominated by the White narrative, there's a growing number of Black women choosing this path and there are things we face as Black women that make our experiences a…
 
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