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Pregnancy After Loss Yoga Training

$475 of $1,500 goal

Raised by 13 people in 7 months
Maribeth Wilder Doerr  RENO, NV
IIn 2014, I had a successful GoFundMe campaign to complete Baby Loss Doula Training .  Thank you all so much for helping me achieve that dream.  In 2015, I completed the requirements and am a certified baby loss doula.  I help women and families in my community as well as across the country (and even one in Australia!).  I do this work as a volunteer, and as a woman who went through labor knowing my baby would be born dead (and knowing after delivery that my second son would die as well), I understand the need for women to have someone help them make plans for their birth when they know their baby will not survive.  This work is truly a labor of love.  These babies are wanted and cherished and these few moments (or days) after birth is the only chance their parents have to parent them.  I help them decide how they want to do exactly that.  You helped me achieve a dream come true!  Thank you thank you thank you!

On that first GoFundMe campaign, I had a wish list that included Prenatal Yoga Teacher training.  I am a registered yoga teacher (RYT) and now it's time for me to take the next step in helping women who experience pregnancy/infant loss and to full-fill that first campaign.  Pregnancy after loss is an incredibly emotional roller coaster.  Yoga helps with anxiety and stress; yoga for women who are pregnant again after pregnancy loss not only helps with grief but also with the fear that goes with another pregnancy.  It also helps with bonding with the new little one while holding space for the love for the baby that died.  

I want to bring yoga to these women and I pray and hope you'll help me.  My goals are to teach locally, to offer private lessons both locally and via skype which includes grief coaching and to make yoga videos for women who are not local or wish to learn over the internet.  I have yet to find anyone who is serving families in this way.  It's needed - and badly!

I need your help to fund my training.  And good news!  Since my first GoFundMe where I thought I'd have to travel to San Francisco, there is now a prenatal yoga teacher training in my area (where I completed my 200 hour yoga teacher training)  beginning in January 2017, provided there are enough signups at the training studio.  I need $1370 by January 1, 2017.  The additional amount to $1500 is for the fees that GoFundMe and WePay charge for this fundraiser (7.9% plus .30 per donation).  Can you help?

My wish list items include:  hoping to be certified in chair yoga and gentle yoga so that I can teach seniors at my church.  I am a Registered and Certified Yoga Teacher.  It would be helpful to be certified in chair yoga ($695) and gentle yoga for seniors ($495).  I can teach these now; however I am not certified and in teaching seniors, certification is extremely helpful and valuable.  

I am in the process of creating my own brand of Yoga for Grief and I hope to debut that in Summer 2017.  In the meantime, I humbly ask you to help me help women grieving a pregnancy loss and/or trying to conceive/are pregnant again after a loss(es).  Getting back in touch with your body after such a loss is so important and vital.  Yoga can do this; someone trained in pregnancy loss support AND yoga can help these women move forward with less anxiety which always is better for baby!  Help me be that person.

From my heart to yours,

Maribeth
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Update 5
Posted by Maribeth Doerr
3 months ago
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Thank you dear supporters! I have good news and not so good news. The good news is that the Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training has been rescheduled to start in April instead of January. I have extra time to secure funding and get in better health. YAY! The not so good news is the certificate for Chair Yoga and Gentle Senior Yoga has increased more than expected. So that's on hold for a bit while I check into payment plans. I'm not nixing the goals, just reassessing time and finances. It will all happen in God's time, I am sure! Merry Christmas special people! I love you.
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Update 4
Posted by Maribeth Doerr
7 months ago
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Hello again! Just wanted to share some comments my future prenatal yoga teacher, Kim Allcock, shared about why prenatal yoga teacher training is so important beyond the basic 200 hour yoga teacher training . . . "Regular 200 hour trainings give you about enough information to keep a mother-to-be safe in your regular classes. Sometimes not even that much. You get no experience actually teaching a pregnant population. Prenatal yoga is so much more than modifying a general asana practice to accommodate a belly! Prenatal practice is its own specialization specifically designed to benefit mama and baby, to build community and provide support for participants, and to give a woman tools for birth and beyond. For the population Maribeth wants to serve, the support, psychological and social aspects are extra crucial. And, they need to know they are in qualified hands!"

Once I'm trained in prenatal yoga, as a grief coach and someone who has worked with families experiencing pregnancy/infant loss since 1988, I'll have a unique skill set to help these families.

My gratitude to you for your help! <3
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Update 3
Posted by Maribeth Doerr
7 months ago
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Thank you guys for your questions! Today, I'll answer a couple and answer more in a few days . . .

1) Yes! You can send checks or donate with paypal rather than gofundme. Also, any purchases of my booklets will go towards this fund. Just ask for my address and/or email.

2) Why do I need prenatal yoga teacher training if I'm already a registered yoga teacher? While we do study some prenatal yoga during teacher training, it's really not in depth. Prenatal yoga teacher training incorporates the physical changes which occur normally in the pregnant body and how sequencing poses (asanas) can help alleviate the discomforts of pregnancy. Prenatal classes focus on pelvic alignment and preparing for birth. This specialized information in not taught in regular yoga teacher training.

Because I'll be working with a high-risk population (all women are classified as high risk after a loss even if the new pregnancy is completely normal and uneventful), proper training is even more essential.

More answers to come! Thank you for your thoughtful and curious questions and support of my dream!
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Update 2
Posted by Maribeth Doerr
7 months ago
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I've updated my fundraiser for clarity. My primary goal is to pay for prenatal yoga teacher training so I can bring the gift of yoga to women pregnant after pregnancy/infant loss. The first module begins in January 2017, right here in Reno! That's a gift in itself - no traveling and no travel expenses. Holler if you have questions! Thank you so much for reading and sharing. <3
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$475 of $1,500 goal

Raised by 13 people in 7 months
Created July 31, 2016
Maribeth Wilder Doerr  
$50
Anonymous
3 months ago(Offline Donation)
KC
$25
Kelly Carrico
6 months ago
DG
$50
Dana Gensler
6 months ago

Never give up! :)

IS
$20
Irina H. Smith-Jones
6 months ago

My little bit towards your goal Maribeth. Irina (Storknet).

$20
Gaye Johnson
7 months ago

Wonderful that you are doing this, Mari! ♥

KL
$25
Kristin Lessard
7 months ago

For all the good work you do and the lives that you impact!

$50
Anonymous
7 months ago
RD
$30
Ruth Damron
7 months ago
$75
Anonymous
7 months ago(Offline Donation)
EA
$25
Elaine Alexander
7 months ago(Offline Donation)
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