Help Train Birthworkers of Color

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Raised by 120 people in 20 months
                                       Mission Statement

To empower WOC/POC (women of color/people of color) by providing free and low cost training, education and certification on pregnancy, birth and postpartum including but not limited to,doulas,childbirth educators, lactation consultants,birth assistants and midwives,designed to address the maternal and infant health disparities in communities of color and other marginalized communities around the world.

Did you know that in 2017, mothers of color and their babies suffer the highest rates of maternal & Infant morbidity and mortality? That means that mothers and babies of color are dying at 3-12 x the rate of white women, before, during and after birth. All research on this point to systemic racism, lack of midwifery care options AND lack of midwives & doulas of color as the causes for these shocking disparities.(check out these sites to learn more about this crisis; www.amnestyusa.org,www.blackwomenbirthingjustice.org, www.birthplacelab.org, www.cmqcc.org and https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19788975)
     Over the years, Allegra Hill, CPM, LM, IBCLC and Kimberly Durdin, IBCLC, Student Midwife have been well aware of these disparities and both desired to use their skills, knowledge, talents and heart to do what they could to create a solution.
     After attending the Midwives of North America conference in Long Beach, CA in early November 2017, they were reminded again in session after session, that mothers and babies are dying, and that more midwives and doulas, culturally specific to the groups with the most disparities was THE KEY in lowering infant and maternal mortality rates.
     After talking with fellow midwives, researchers, doctors, lactation consultants, doulas their mission became clear. Allegra and Kimberly dreamed up the vision of creating a non-profit educational program, designed to train people of color to become doulas (Birth & Postpartum) Certified Birth Assistants, Childbirth Educators, Breastfeeding Peer Educators and Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultants and Midwives. Their plan is to open a Center for Birth and Education to be located in South Los Angeles, which will not only be a place to birth, but will provide a clinical training site for students.
     As Kimberly completes her education to become a Licensed Midwife, the Center will first focus on EDUCATION, preparing the birthworkers of the future to be ready to meet the increasing demand for their services. Their first step is to create the Non-Profit entity for the educational arm and to find and fund a space to hold trainings.
     They would also like to help reduce the primary cesarean rate by utilizing quality childbirth education paired with trained doulas, especially for women birthing in the hospital system. Primary caesarean occurs at higher rates in women of color, and push the complication and mortality rates up substantially.
     Several research projects will be invited to study the impact of their efforts, as well as examine existing barriers to culturally congruent and respectful maternity care. Ideally when the time is right, a Birth Center will open on its premises as well.
     Kimberly and Allegra are looking to crowdfund their initial start up costs. We know their are many giving people “out there” that would love to help them fund their dream of reducing maternal and infant deaths.Kimberly & Allegra plan to utilize their 501c3 status to seek out additional grants and funding sources around the country and internationally to sustain this program until it is needed no more. As first $1500 of funds obtained are prioritized for set up of 501c3 , Project Motherpath , Inc. has agreed to be a fiscal sponsor in the meantime. That means that all funds donated will be eligible for tax-exempt status!  

Here's what we will use your donations for:

$1500 fee to set up non-profit

-Materials fees for training

-Full and partial scholarships to train 35 Birthworkers of Color

-Train 15 childbirth educators of color

-Provide scholarships to IBCLC student candidates of color

-Provide 10 NARM exam fee scholarships to student midwives of color

-Space rental/clinical training site for one year

-Kimberly Durdin & Allegra Hill Doot stipend for 1 year

-Provide $500 stipends for doulas and birthworkers to support 35 marginalized families for 1 year.

The time is NOW  to take action! Every donation WILL make a difference! In gratitude for your support in saving the lives of mothers, parents and babies!
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Graduate student at USC School of Journalism, Arlissa Norman has been following KindredSpaceLA and Birthing People Foundation Trajned Birthworker Christian Michelle Beckley for her Capstone project highlighting The horrendous rates of morbidity and mortality for Black birthing people and their babies.

See the story and short video here: https://uscstoryspace.com/2018-2019/alnorman/Capstone/

This is the impact of the Birthing People Foundation on the community at large! Our trainings help train people of color who want to and DO make a difference in the lives of Black and Brown birthing People!

Our next training is coming up in June and already we are being asked if we offer scholarships for those who cannot pay. The majority of our trainees would not be able to attend if it weren’t for the scholarships that are offered through individuals like you.

Although we aim to keep our training low cost, we believe that the teachers/trainers/professionals that give their time should be compensated for said time,as well we provide lunch and snacks for all four days highlighting small black owned caterers and we make sure every trained Birthworker has a fully stocked “doula” bag.

Will you help us continue this work for Cohort 5?

Our next training is June 20-23!

We’ve trained over 50 birthworkers of color since we have begun! We are excited and delighted to train the next generation!
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As we approach the end of the year, folks have asked us to share our campaign. It’s still going and we are so grateful for what we were able to raise with your support this year. I must update this site with the work we were able to accomplish with your donations! We received good press this year and we were able to keep
Our doors open for free and low cost events for our community, provide trainings and help grow birth workers of color. As we look towards 2019 we have our sights set on continuing to do the work...

If you want to help us, this is the link to do so!
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Today was so special. We offered our free prenatal and postpartum group. We had wonderful turnout! We touched bellies and listened to fetal
heart rates. We heard mothers-to-be exclaim, “I received more out of my time with you then I ever have with my physician” and “I’ll be back!”
We helped mommas learn to palpate their very own bodies and feel their very own baby’s bodies within their very own wombs...

Today was a good day. To the Goddess be the glory.

We kept listening, and we heard more babies..
And then the next group came in and we shared and learned how to “wear” our babies. How to keep our babies “Close to the Heart” once they are on outside.

I thank Spirit, the Angels and the Ancestors for their love and guidance. I thank Allegra and her family and my family for trusting and loving us through the journey.

I am grateful for all of you who have donated. Your monetary support makes a huge difference!
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Today I questioned if all this “begging” for money for our non-profit really matters. Allegra and I are not entirely comfortable asking for donations and help. We both just wish we could be fully funded and we could just be free to do the work. I contemplates this all day and I to the evening until.... I got “the call”. Just one of many that we receive every week seeking support.

Unfortunately this call stood out, in particular because of the past weeks news of the suicides of some very prominent individuals. Yes this call stood out because it was the call of the most desperate cry for help...”Please, I don’t want to be like those people who killed themselves. Can you help me find a therapist?”

It’s heartbreaking to hear these words from anyone, let alone a young, talented, intelligent and very pregnant mother-to-be.

I thank God for the sign that we must keep going. That we must continue to seek funding and opportunities in order to be able to serve those who need our support. I am so grateful for the mental health professionals of color that I was able to refer her too. People that she can feel comfortable with. People that understand the seriousness of her cry for help and will have her back when she needs it most.
These folks will help this mom regardless of her ability to pay.

We need to support our professionals too.
So I’m going to keep posting until we are fully funded and then some. Your contributions make a difference. We need to keep going...the needs are great.
Thank you all who have been so generous it makes such a difference:)
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$12,011 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 120 people in 20 months
Funds raised will benefit:
Project Motherpath, Inc.
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North Miami, FL
EIN: 453192870
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