Emily's Nursing School Fund

$3,500 of $3,500 goal

Raised by 56 people in 21 months
In 2012 I boldly stepped into the uncertain territory of becoming a doula and childbirth educator. I helped to start a non-profit organization that would ensure that all pregnant people would have access to prenatal education, a birth doula and parenting support--regardless of ability to pay.  It is work that I love and feel passionate about, even though it has not brought my family financial security.

Over this time, I have felt more and more called to the work of midwifery and have decided to return to school to pursue a degree in nursing and eventually midwifery.  Right now I am taking the prerequesite classes I need in order to start a nursing program in 2018 (hopefully at Spalding University).  However, our family is struggling financially due to under-employment from having to decrease my client-load to take classes, child care needs and unexpected expenses from this summer (car repairs and having to replace a laptop needed to do work).  This means that I no longer have (credit card) funds available to pay out of pocket for the classes that will get me to nursing school (and a more stable financial future).

I am trying to raise $3,500 toward that end.  This will cover the following:

Fall Semester 2017 tuition (2 classes and lab)
Lab Kits
Text Books
Spring Semester 2018 Tuition (1 class and lab)

Can you help me get over this hurdle that will get me to my educational and professional goals to help more pregnant people have healtlhy, safe, and satisfying birth experiences?

If I raise beyond my goal, any funds will be used to pay off the class I am taking now or be applied towards books when I begin nursing school.
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Guess what! We did it! With all of your your help and generosity, today I was able to pay for my last prerequisite class that I need to take to get into my nursing program. I also took advantage of the relative calm of this holiday week to officially submit my application for Spalding University School of Nursing. Now I get to wait for an acceptance and begin the financial aid process. I'm really going to do this!
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Hey friends, families and supporters! I am fresh off of completing my finals this week and I am relieved to share that I finished out with an A in both classes (Anatomy and Physiology II and Pathophysiology). It was a major challenge to get through these classes while working and being a Mama to three wild kiddos, but I pulled it off with tons of support.

Now it's time to get serious about next semester. I need to take ONE MORE prerequisite for nursing school (and THAT'S IT). Currently I am about $400 short of being able to cover the costs of my Microbiology class. If you feel moved or able to help I would be eternally grateful for your support and assistance.
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Hey, supporters! How about a check in?! Thanks to your gifts this summer, I've been busily chipping away at a couple more prerequisites for nursing school this fall. I am thrilled to share that so far I've been acing my classes and I feel more sure than ever that my path is leading me toward nursing and midwifery in particular. (No matter how long it takes!!!)

As I look forward to next semester, I only have ONE more class and lab I need to take, but alas my biggest hurdle is the financial one--about $700 should just about do the trick. I hate to even ask, as we head into the holiday season, but if you have anything to give to this cause or can ask others to do the same, I will be forever in your debt and full of gratitude for the community that has been supporting me through this process.

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After taking the weekend to study for my anatomy and physiology final coming up this week, I have been trilled every time I peek at this and see that you are are still sharing and making gifts. Every dollar is bringing me closer to my goal and will help me cover the expenses I am needing help to cover. Just over $800 to go! Will you help me get there?

Also, I shared this picture from instagram of my little one napping ON me while I took a test last week, but I thought it would be appropriate to share here too! This is how moms get stuff done. (With lots of help and nap times.) Love to you all!
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$3,500 of $3,500 goal

Raised by 56 people in 21 months
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