birth trauma stories Podcast

Holding space and finding light after Perinatal trauma


 Courtney Johnson

I am an AFE-DIC Survivor after the birth of my second child. I have two beautiful children and four angels who were called home too soon. So, in total I am a Mother of six. 

After the birth trauma of my son's delivery, I became very passionate in helping others by   work/volunteering for the AFE Foundation, MoMMA’s Voices and supporting blood drives. All Mothers deserve to have the outcome that my son and I had and to keep sacred the hope after pregnancy loss. 

I hope my pregnancies and birth trauma experience will help others when suffering in grief, looking towards hope, walking their own path in their healing journey, and helping drive research to ending AFE or their own related birth traumas. 

Motherhood can be hard and rewarding… am I right? So let’s fill up our cups and chat Motherhood for some Coffee with Cathy and Courtney!

Alyssa Messick is a two time cleft mom to her little boys, Jack (5), Jett (3) and is an advocate for the emotional health of every cleft mom. Starting off with cleft awareness in the social media world, Alyssa made it her mission to shine light on the wide array of emotions and events a cleft mom goes through. This inspired the launch of her brand : Smile Strong. In addition to Alyssa’s reels on IG, you can find her hosting The Smile Strong Podcast, as well as Smile Strong’s online video course for brand new cleft moms called “Diagnosis Through Year One”. Her biggest hope for you, as a cleft mom, is to know that YOU are such a special part of your child’s cleft journey.

July 9, 2023

In today’s episode of #coffeewithcathyandcourtney we are joined by @alyssammessick to raise awareness for Cleft Lip & Palate Awareness Month!

Laura Fletcher, CD (DONA) is the mother of two, founder and  CEO of Selah Fertility and author of The Grace of Grief: Healing and Hope After Miscarriage (GreenLeaf 10.4.22). 

May 15, 2023

In today’s episode of #coffeewithcathyandcourtney we are joined by Laura Fletcher of @selahfertility to raise awareness on Hyperemesis Gravidarum. Tune into hear some tips of how Laura, after having HG for 5 pregnancies, did not have it for her last pregnancy! 

March 27, 2023

Honoring AFE Awareness Day with Katie Sellwood

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January 23, 2023 

123 for Moms with Courtney Johnson & Heather Martin

May 21, 2022 

Mental Health Awareness Month with Courtney Johnson

March 27, 2022 

AFE Awareness Day with Courtney Johnson