Auntie Jemimah consoled by Nick Cannon’s post about grief after stillbirth
Popular media personality and content creator Auntie Jemimah, recently shared a touching post on social media, commemorating what would have been her child Makena’s second birthday.
Her heartfelt message expressed that she was not feeling sad but rather “high on life”.
Auntie Jemimah shared her journey of grief and how she came across a profound insight from Nick Cannon about grief never truly leaving but finding purpose with time.
“I shared it on my WhatsApp status because I found that so profound. And true to this, I have found purpose in my grief. Through Makena, I met, and I continue to meet so many beautiful women who share in the pain of either stillbirth or miscarriage(s),” she wrote.
She highlighted the stigma and silence that often surrounds these topics, emphasizing the need for greater awareness.
“One thing that has stood out is the stigma, and the hush tones people use when it comes to stillbirths and miscarriages. The only thing vocalized around this topic is ‘Curses and baby showers and bad eyes.’ While I cannot change people’s perception, I have found my purpose in vocalizing the major causes of stillbirths and miscarriages,” she explained.
The content creator has raised awareness about the various medical reasons behind stillbirths and miscarriages, including conditions like Preeclampsia, pregnancy and labor complications, genetic complications, neglect, diabetes, infections, placenta complications, physical accidents, and more.
Auntie Jemimah encouraged women to seek medical support and information when they conceive, ask questions, and prioritize their mental well-being after such losses.
“I have found purpose in encouraging women and couples to seek mental support after loss. I have found purpose in asking people to respect people’s grief journeys and to just keep quiet if they can’t say anything better,” she concluded her post saying, “My Makena served her purpose.”
Her followers responded with empathy and shared their own experiences and support:
Kambua wrote, “Hugs, mama.”
Another mom using the Instagram tag simplyshillah shared, “I had a stillbirth in 2017. The sadness of being in the same ward with mothers who have been blessed to have babies is something else. First of all those mothers look at you in a funny way because they think you may take their babies. Also because most of the time you look so sad and sometimes crying, they think you are crazy and maybe you can harm babies. Not forgetting to mention how inflamed the boobs will become. Hospitals should consider creating a ward separately for mothers who go to the hospital pregnant and go back home empty-handed.”