Interviewed By Micha Green
AFRO D.C. Editor
mgreen@afro.com

Sydne S. Kersey, is a 29-year-old education advisor, from Prince Georges County, MD who enjoys gardening, dancing and studying astrology in her spare time.

Occupation: Manager of High School Support- KIPP DC

Number of Children: 1 and 1 on the way ☺

How Far Along Are You?: 6 months!

AFRO: Congratulations on your new gift of life!  How have you been faring during this pregnancy?

SK: I have been doing well. I think of this time more of a gift in the sense that GOD really wanted me to have the opportunity to take things slow and move at my own pace. I found out about my new pregnancy a few weeks before we all went into quarantine, so I’ve spent the majority of my pregnancy at home.

Sydne Kersey and her son Khairo. (Courtesy Photo)

AFRO: With the COVID-19 pandemic is this experience with pre-natal preparation any different than with your first pregnancy?

SK: It’s different in the sense that I have had to have more virtual appointments, and my husband hasn’t been able to attend appointments with me, but overall it has been pretty simple. I go into the doctor’s office only if necessary and it has actually worked out for the better. 

AFRO: Do you have any concerns/ fears in birthing your new baby given the pandemic?

SK: My concern is that my new son will be due in October, which is when the second wave of COVID-19 is expected to hit. I’m focusing on finding peace with the uncertainty and preparing as best as I can. I know that ultimately GOD has a plan and things will work out the way that they are supposed to. 

AFRO: You already have a beautiful son, and another baby on the way, do you have any fears of bringing a Black child into the world with the current climate of America as it relates to racism and the treatment of Black people?

SK: I try not to lead a fear-based life in general. Is this a scary time? Yes, most definitely, but I do my best to not become overwhelmed with negative emotions surrounding things that I cannot change. I have instead focused more on things that I can use to contribute to my community in a positive way. I recently moved into my first house and I’m in the process of cultivating my garden to create a form of self- sufficiency, not only for my family, but my community as well.  

AFRO: Have you had to make any adjustments to birthing plans in light of the pandemic?

SK: After I had my son, I knew that I wanted to explore having a VBAC (Vaginal Birth after Cesarean) for my next pregnancy. I’m still open and preparing for this method of labor, while still remaining flexible.

AFRO: What are some ways you’ve worked to keep you and your baby healthy during this time?

SK: When I had my first son, I began incorporating more herbal medicine into our lifestyle, so I used natural remedies that will boost our immune system and I still use a lot of them during this pregnancy. I drink a lot of sea moss smoothies, eat my veggies, take my homemade elderberry syrup and am outside whenever the sun is high. 

AFRO: As you currently have a a young child, do you have any advice for first time mothers, particularly in light of the pandemic and state of America?

SK: My advice would be to find a self- care remedy that allows you to relax. Whether your thing is taking baths, long walks, practicing yoga, journaling, knitting or cooking, do that whenever you are feeling overwhelmed. I would also add to be as flexible as possible when it comes to the labor and delivery process because we are existing in unprecedented times and the process is already stressful enough, without the new pandemic protocols that are in place. Always have a plan, but be open to it possibly resulting in you having to make the complete opposite decision.  Overall, try to adjust your expectations and get ready to change directions a million times because flexibility is what good mothers thrive in.

Micha Green

AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor