First of all, thank you. Thank you to my community and my support network for helping me get this far. I have worked hard, teaching newborn care and childbirth education classes as a doula and midwifery student, graduating midwifery school in 2017 and supporting families in San Diego since 2005. Now, I am a licensed midwife in California, and I am only one of four Black midwives in San Diego county.
I will be opening a birth center in central San Diego county. Currently, there are birth centers in Chula Vista, Encinitas (UPDATE: the Encinitas birth center is soon to close its doors), Poway, Point Loma, Vista and Fallbrook, which are all wonderful spaces, and I would like to open my own space in Clairemont and make services available to the wider community. I want to help support the families that would otherwise not be able to afford to have an out of hospital birth. I want to offer reproductive health care to those who may not have insurance or want to care for themselves outside of the hospital system. I want to offer a learning space for student midwives and student nurses. I want to offer support to our teenagers by providing sex-positive, evidence based education about their bodies and how to care for them and each other. I want to help build families by offering home-based IUI services. I want to educate folks about family building and open up the world of Midwifery to everyone.
The funds raised will be used to secure a space in central San Diego, hopefully Clairemont, purchase birth tubs, equipment and to build out and furnish our space. I would like to be open to accept clients in October of 2020.
People who need reproductive healthcare have options! Birthing folk need to know that they have options!
You have options in how you birth, where you birth, where folks get their reproductive health care, preconception care and where they seek their education and support. Please help me to establish a centrally located, warm and inviting community hub where all families are supported.
I am so very grateful and deeply honored by your support.