NATAL is a podcast that highlights the stories of Black birthgivers and parents.

NATAL is a podcast docuseries about having a baby while Black in the United States. Throughout the season, NATAL passes the mic to Black parents to tell their stories about pregnancy, birthing, and postpartum care. The podcast also highlights the first person testimonials from birthworkers, medical professionals, and healthcare advocates.

NATAL aims to empower Black pregnant and birthing parents with information to navigate their parenthood journeys; hold medical systems accountable for the well-being of Black birthing parents; create a supportive community; and provide audiences with resources to amplify the national conversation about the current state and future of Black perinatal care.


Listen to the NATAL docuseries wherever podcasts are found.

Gabrielle Horton, Executive Producer
Martina Abrahams Ilunga, Executive Producer
Tiara Darnell, Editor
Jhodie-Ann Williams, Producer
Taylor Hosking, Producer
Jess Jupiter, Sound Designer + Engineer
Araya Baker, Mental Health Advocate
Asha Tarry, Mental Health Advocate
Adizah Eghan, Special Advisor
Catherine Stifter, USC Annenberg Reporting Mentor
Research Assistants: Opeyemi Famakinwa & MacKenzie Grow, MPH; Intern: Flo Ebem

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USC’s Center for Health Journalism Impact Fund Awards $25,000 in grants

"Gabrielle Horton, a freelance podcast producer, is working in collaboration with You Had Me At Black to produce NATAL, an audio-first docuseries about what it means to have a baby while Black in the United States today. The first season, in thought partnership with Black Mamas Matter Alliance, will focus on how Black parents are cared for during pregnancy and childbirth. Horton also will receive an engagement grant and engagement mentoring from the Center."

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Having a Baby While Black: NATAL Is the Podcast Pregnant Black Parents Have Been Waiting For

"Horton and Ilunga are the executive producers and hosts of a new docuseries, NATAL, which focuses on the entirety of the childbirthing journey through the eyes of black parents and the birth workers, medical professionals and advocates who support them."


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