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The COVID generation: How women navigated pregnancy during a pandemic

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Mother's Day is coming up, so we're dedicating this episode of Uniquely Milwaukee to all the mothers.

For those who navigated pregnancy during the pandemic, this episode is especially for you. We recognize the extremely unusual circumstances you found yourself in on the path to welcoming a baby into the world.

Here in Milwaukee, a local artist has been documenting women's journeys through pregnancy and a global pandemic, gathering dozens of interviews and hours of audio. N'Jameh Russell-Camara recently launched a website called "Pandemic Pregnancy Project and Popsicles," a community of women sharing the firsthand stories as intimate, spoken monologues.

Erin Bagatta
N'Jameh Russell-Camara

The "popsicle" part of the name comes from the sweetness each of the stories intentionally contain, even though many describe challenging times for the mother and parents.

Radio Milwaukee partnered with Russell-Camara to record several monologues from women — most local, but some from other states — with each one offering a glimpse into pregnancy during a truly unprecedented global event.

Listen to this week's episode, and be sure to subscribe using the icons at the top of the page so you never miss an episode. On our next episode, we'll revisit the Pandemic Pregnancy Project and bring you more stories from Russell-Camara's interviews, plus we'll speak with more local mothers who navigated the pandemic with children.

Director of Digital Content | Radio Milwaukee