Philippines Internship Support

2 years ago I started on a journey to become a Midwife.
The education process is a very rewarding challenge I have been excited to take on. Along with the demanding academic book work there is also an extensive clinical internship required to properly attain the skills in the program. Since the area I live in does not afford me very many opportunities to intern with local experienced Midwives, the best prospect is in a high volume birth center which specializes in midwifery internships.

After searching for a few months I found myself in love with the work and dedication performed at a birth center in the Philippines called Shiphrah. You can learn about their mission and cause by using the link below.

So this brings me to why I need your help. After a long summer of government furloughs, and one very rough move (brought on by the furloughs) , I have exhausted all my funds we saved for this trip. My goal in the immediate future is to raise the money I need to purchase the plane ticket. After that the money will help to pay for the program fees and visa required while in the country.

I have been accepted into the internship program from March 1st- May 30th 2014. This 3 month internship will allow me to gain the hands on skills I will need to properly help mothers in our community.

The cost of the plane ticket is $950

Cost of the internship program monthly $850 x 3= $2550

Visa cost $150 (for the duration)


I’m extremely grateful if you are considering contributing to my internship fund. No matter what amount you can donate, every dollar will help. Thank you so much in advance for your help. As a large family we know what it means to live on a budget and I will cherish every dollar bestowed.

Contribution levels-

Please feel free to contribute whatever amount feels right for you and your budget. Below are some perks, besides my eternal gratefulness, for certain levels of contribution.

$1 + You will receive a hand written postcard from my destination.

$15- I will email you a personal newsletter from Shiphrah every month to update everyone what my daily experiences have been like.

$25- You will receive the newsletter and a wonderful treat in the mail this spring.

$500- Looking for a Doula, if you contribute $500 to my find you will get my services for free. You will of course need to be within my service area and due while I’m in the country. You will receive the same care my clients receive for a fraction of my regular Doula Fee. Please contact me for more information.

Monthly ongoing contribution- if you feel you would like to contribute a dollar amount on a ongoing basis during my stay ie; $20 a month, please choose the ongoing contribution buttons. you will recieve everything listed above- the postcard, newsletter, free gift, and an invite to the BBQ.

Again, thanks you so much.

About me:
I’m Tesa, a Wife, Mother of six children, certified Doula and student Midwife. I served in USAF for 10 years, then the civil service for 2. After deciding to stay home with our children I quickly realized I had too much energy to not utilize it. I found that I was able to pursue avenues of community enrichment I never had time to partake in before. I found myself knee deep in a community rich with natural living families seeking access to better maternity care. The minute I experienced the work and interactions of Doula work, I was in my heaven. I found the place I was meant to be. Not far behind my Doula training did I feel the pull to become a Midwife. Every day I am affirmed that I have made a great decision and the “work” is so rewarding.
We live in a little town called Tehachapi in southern California. This community and the towns surrounding it are in great need for maternity care options. There are few Midwives that practice in this area, and even fewer Doctors that support natural birth practices. When you choose to support me, you are in turn choosing to support the right of families to have choices. Thank you for your time and contribution.
Blessing to you and yours- Tesa
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Tesa Kurin Doula 
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