Help Efe Become a Midwife!

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U.S. Has The Worst Rate Of Maternal Deaths In The Developed World @NPR

I moved to Brooklyn, NY from Houston, TX in 2014 to be a Full Spectrum Doula . I wanted to work with black women, women of color, low income, undocumented, immigrant, Queer etc. I've attended over 60 births ( as a StudentMidwife and Doula ) in Homes, hospitals and birth centers. Some were born via ceserean, some vaginally, some were abortions and even one was a still birth. I also provide free resources online about birth and reproductive justice on DoulaChronicles .com  It focuses on holistic uterine health and reproductive care by creating easier access of reproductive education for women of color. 

I was the Perinatal Doula Coordinator for a grassroots collective that offers Doula Services to Women of Color and Low Income Families  who otherwise would not be able to afford Doula Care. And apart of a Prison Doula program where we visit pregnant women twice weekly at Rikers Island. I left my job at a city agency providing reproductive health referral services in Brownsville, Brooklyn.

With all the work I've done in such a short amount of time I've realized that I am ready to add Midwifery to my resume.  A lot of the births I attend I witness women get mistreated, ignored and belittle during labor and I want to be apart of filling that gap in the lack midwives in my communities.  "States that give midwives a greater role in patient care achieve better results on key measures of maternal and neonatal health ." The dream goal is to go back to my parents home in Nigeria and provide Midwifery services but as we all know revolutionary work doesn't pay a living wage so I'm asking for assistance.

31186964_1531238997118087_r.jpegPhoto credit: Kanishka Sonthalia 

The Midwifery Program I am attending is in EL Paso, Texas, Maternidad La Luz .  It's a one year immersion program that fulfills the requirements necessary to apply to become a Texas-licensed midwife, a NARM Certified Professional Midwife (CPM), or for licensure in other states and provinces. The amount I'm hoping to raise will cover the tuition,  Books, Housing, and Transportation. 

Donations can also be sent through Paypal  and Cash App  ($EfeO)
If you rather purchase textbooks instead here's my Amazon Wishlist . You can also assist by purchasing medical supplies for my Homebirth practice here .

Instagram @DoulaChronicles 
Website DoulaChronicles.com 

More reading material on Maternal Mortality and Morbidity and Black Midwifery

Why Americas Black Mothers and Babies Are in a Life-or Death Crisis

Childbirth is killing black women in the US, and here's why @CNN

How More Midwives May Mean Healthier Mothers @ProPublica

Reproductive Justice for Black Women, Latinas, More Critical Than Ever  @Theroot

A Frustrating Year of Reporting on Black Maternal Health @LongReads

The Naked Truth: Death by Delivery @FusionTV

U.S. History of Black Midwives Timeline (ICTC) @ICTC

A Brief History of Black Midwifery in the US  @DoulaTrainingInternational 

Birthing, Blackness, and the Body: Black Midwives and Experiential Continuities of Institutional Racism 

Top 25 Books Every Doula (Birth Worker) Should Read @DoulaChronicles

American Babies Are Less Likely to Survive Their First Year Than Babies in Other Rich Countries @TIME

LOST MOTHERS: Maternal Care and Preventable Deaths @ProPublica

What Serena Williams’s scary childbirth story says about medical treatment of black women  @VOX
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A brief update on the status of my education.

I've been back in NYC for 4 months now. I'm attending births as a Doula full time and teaching childbirth education. I am also apprenticing with the homebirth practice Dyekora Sumda Midwifery Services, Memaniye Cinque CNM. I attend all prenatal and postpartum visits with her and assist at homebirths. So I am basically on call 24/7 for Doula and midwifery clients.

I plan to be Memaniye's student until I am licensed. I start a Registered Nurse program in spring 2020 with plans of entering a masters in midwifery program right afterward. Before the RN program, I will be going on a Midwifery Cultural Convergence trip to Uganda with Village Birth International. On this trip, we will work alongside the Ugandan midwives, visit the local hospital, learns skills on emergency care in maternal health and provide prenatal care.
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I've recently been featured in Romper's Doula Diaries episode. Also, check out my most recent interview

Black Doulas Ward Off Discrimination In The Birthing Suite In Romper's 'Doula Diaries'

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I have an opportunity to study and learn midwifery skills w/ a homebirth Midwife (Racha Tahani Lawler) in oahu, Hawaii. Currently been working in birth centers nonstop since Mar. I have left El Paso after working with the wonderful staff at another local birth center Luna Tierra/Casa de Partos for several months. This would be an amazing opportunity to get cultural competent home birth skills. Any amount helps in the long run. Afterwards I have a few options for apprenticeship to finish my clinicals that require relocating to another city. Funds will also be used to to pay for NARM Application, licensing Exam and homebirth supplies for my private midwifery practice.

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