Oh my gosh, I'm THERE. Twelve days in, and your generosity has put me over my goal to allow me to do this doula training. I don't have enough ways to say thank you, both for the donations and all the amazing words of support and encouragement. Thank you for believing in me, and now I suppose I'd better go register for my classes! Whoo-hooo!
Holy cow, almost 85% of the way there -- only $75 short of my goal after not even two weeks. You guys are amazing and I love and appreciate you all. Your generosity and kind, supportive comments have completely filled my heart. You've made this dream of mine reachable, and I honestly can't thank you enough (but I'll sure try).
Since all of your generous donations have already put me just over 70% of the way toward my goal (THANK YOU), I figured I should start doing some of the prep work for these classes. Starting to do some reading and watching birth videos in earnest. And, honestly, thinking, "Wow, I can't believe I did that. Birth is awesome." Very excited about the possibility of being there to support other parents as they go through their own birth journeys. Thanks again for all the help and support!
Absolutely amazing...only three days in, and I'm already more than halfway there. Wow. I had no idea what to expect when I decided to try this "crowdfunding" thing, but you guys are blowing me away. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your support and generosity, and can't wait to return the favor whenever you need it!
So incredibly blown away by the generosity of my friends and family. I can hardly believe it, but I'm already almost halfway to my goal. Can't possibly extend enough gratitude to everyone for all your support. My heart is full. Thank you.
Feeling so blessed -- not even a day in, and already two donations toward my goal of learning to be a doula. I have amazing friends and family and I appreciate you so much!
In July, 2011, I gave birth to my little girl, and it was awesome. It was challenging and exhausting (and yes, certainly uncomfortable at points), but it went exactly the way I'd hoped it would. When I think back on it, I remember it primarily as a powerful, peaceful, happy and positive experience. Even after 10.5 hours and no drugs! I credit that in large part to my amazing support team in the L&D suite, which included my husband and mom, and my wonderful doula
My experience working with Tammy on my daughter's birth has turned me into a fervent "doulavangelist," and, ever since then, there's been this little voice in the back of my head saying, "You could do this. You'd be a great doula." And, since it doesn't seem to be going away, I figure perhaps I should pay attention to it.
And thus this GoFundMe campaign: Midwest Doula Trainers offers doula education workshops
here in the Madison area, and I've kept my eye on them for about a year now. However, it's extra money that we don't necessarily have to spare (gosh, kids are kind of expensive), so I've not yet bitten the bullet and signed up.
This project is to ask any friends, family or fellow doulavangelists if you might be interested in helping me get to my goal. The $455 I'm trying to raise would cover tuition for me to both the "Introduction to Childbirth Class for Doulas" ($80) and the Basic Birth Doula Workshop ($375). The extra would be to cover fees GoFundMe charges to allow use of this neato crowdfunding platform.
In return for your donation, I would be happy to thank you with a reduced fee on my doula services for a single birth in the Madison area, redeemable either by you, or a friend/family member you designate. If you have no use for those services, I would gladly give you a huge hug and babysit your kids or help paint a room in your house (I'm a master edger...no tape) or find some other way to express my appreciation.
Thank you in advance for your consideration in helping me get to my goal of helping other Mamas have as wonderful and positive a birth experience as I did.