#BlackBirthsMatter

Im a Black butch person who is due to give birth to my first child in early July. 

I generally avoid hospitals because Ive only once in my adult life been treated in a dignified way by any medical professionals. 

I was told by my insurance company that I could only have my midwife paid for if I did a hospital birth. This is terrifying. Black women often arent listened to when reporting pain and far too often die as a result of birthing.  I have a midwife who is amazing, and a Black woman. The only thing is that I cannot afford her. 

With all thats going on in the world, im doing all i can to avoid stress because I want my baby to be born happy and healthy. I dont think the stress of a hospital birth can be avoided. Women who arent Black are often told how to birth using fear tactics to get convenient and desired outcomes for doctors and other staff.  On top of this, with COVID-19, they would only allow myself and 1 other person to support me during the birth. That person would have to wear a mask, and would have to exit right after the birth. 

For these reasons, Im asking that you donate to my home birth with a midwife and doula. I know it will be peaceful and calm. My Black baby deserves that, coming into the world at such a crazy time. 

Thank you so much for this gift for me and my baby.

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El Davis 
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Brooklyn, NY
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