Pedestal Professionals is a weekly spotlight series on our blog that highlights Black women entrepreneurs who are forging new paths in their respective fields.
Meet this week’s Pedestal Professional, Isis Rose, Show Host and Producer of the Homecoming Podcast, which provides information to mamas and birth advocates who are curious about home birth. Alongside guest host, Chae Pounds, professional birth-worker and CEO of Mawiyah’s Village Birth Services, their podcast is inspiring Black women to explore a wider array of birthing options to meet their needs. We had a chance to chat with Isis to learn more about the Homecoming Podcast!
Thanks for joining us on the Pedestal, Isis! Could you tell us a bit about the Homecoming Podcast?
My co-host, Chae, and I launched our podcast on Labor Day 2018. Our goal at Homecoming is to broadcast how Black families choose home birth as an alternative to hospital birth. Birthing in love and community requires support. Our episodes feature Black home birth stories and interviews with doulas, midwives, and birth experts who support out-of-hospital birth.
How did you get started?
I decided to do it, so I did! I spent months teaching myself about audio editing and podcast development.
Tell us about your educational journey.
I’m currently a PhD student in Anthropology (Sociocultural studies) with a graduate minor in Gender Studies. I graduated from Spelman in 2012 (BA Sociology and Anthropology).
What’s the most rewarding part of what you do?
My ability to inspire great confidence in the people I come in contact with. I try my best to give the energy of ambition, exceptional character, and a sheer determination to innovate new and exciting ways to assist and inspire everyone.
Did you encounter any challenges along your journey? If so, how did you overcome them?
Some of my challenges were learning new skills and inspiring families to consider giving birth at home.
In your opinion, what is unique about being a professional Black Woman?
Having little to no support (especially financially). But at the same time finding support networks via social media where you can get free advice from people genuinely excited about your work.
What’s your personal mantra?
Someday is not a day of the week.
What’s one piece of advice you would give to aspiring Black women professionals and entrepreneurs?
Trust your intuition, and do the work. If it makes you feel good about yourself and your purpose, do the work.
How can people learn more about your products, services, and/or journey?
Visit our website, join our newsletter, and follow us on Instagram @homecomingpodcast. Our show is currently available on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, and Spotify.
Is there anything else you would like us to know?
I agree with my favorite midwife who always says, “Birth is the revolution!”
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