Help Caroline Learn to be a Doula

$535 of $475 goal

Raised by 17 people in 43 months
Caroline M. Sober-James  MADISON, WI
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, Tammy.

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.

Love,
Caroline
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Update 6
Posted by Caroline Sober-James
42 months ago
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!
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Update 5
Posted by Caroline Sober-James
42 months ago
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).
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Update 4
Posted by Caroline Sober-James
43 months ago
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!
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Update 3
Posted by Caroline Sober-James
43 months ago
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!
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$535 of $475 goal

Raised by 17 people in 43 months
Created May 16, 2013
Caroline M. Sober-James  
DA
$20
Daniel de Araujo
37 months ago

Never heard of doula before, but if you want to do it, why not?

JW
$20
Jennifer Wood
42 months ago

I will never need a doula, but think it's pretty darn cool that you are doing this. You will be an awesome doula, I have no doubt. Dream Big girlfriend!

KH
$20
Kristen Hamilton
42 months ago

Good luck!

$75
Katie Hill
42 months ago

You're gonna be painting your ass off at my house cuz I no longer need a doula:) I'm proud of you, my soul sister!

LP
$35
Laurie Pustina
42 months ago

Caroline, you will be a great Doula! My sister suffered from postpartum depression after the birth of her son. Seeing everything she went through was heart wrenching. Having someone like you to be there before and after child birth would be amazing! The world needs more people like you Caroline! Love you!

NW
$30
Nick Wesselman
43 months ago
IH
$40
Ingrid Hertel
43 months ago
NF
$25
Noora & Faris
43 months ago

You will make a wonderful doula. Best of luck!

$20
Anonymous
43 months ago
TL
$20
Tony Larsen
43 months ago

Enjoy!

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