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Help Hadassah become a Midwife

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Hi, my name is Hadassah, but many people have gotten to know me as Das the Doula. I am a mother of a college student and wife to a supportive partner. I am originally from the Bronx, NY.  I have spent over 15 years working for non-profit agencies  supporting mentally ill adults in NYC. I am incredibly passionate about reproductive justice and educating my community on their options in and out of the hospital. Over the last few years, I have made a diligent effort to help birthing people access doula support, childbirth education, and other free and low-cost resources while centering Black and IPOC. I have been intentional about moving to PG County.  I have even donated several packages to ensure that families received doula support virtually and in my area. I have been doing this as a Full Spectrum Doula, Lamaze Educator, Placenta Encapsulator, and Maternal Health Consultant. I love what I do, but I know that I will need financial assistance to get to the next level.
My goal is to become a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM). This distinction is given by the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM). I currently live in PG County, Maryland and I intend to join the small number of Black out-of-hospital licensed midwives serving Maryland, D.C., and Northern Virginia. I am currently in Phase 2 of the PEP (apprenticeship) process. To become a CPM, I will have to meet the requirements for the four Phases of the PEP process. After I complete Phase 3, I will have to pay to submit my paperwork for each phase. Once my paperwork is approved, I will be eligible to sit for the NARM exam. To gain licensure in Maryland I will have to take additional courses to meet the criteria for the Bridge Certification. This process is costly and requires a lot of emotional, physical, and financial sacrifices. I humbly ask for assistance. It will be challenging for me to work and travel to different states to study under preceptors as their apprentice. I have already purchased a few of the books that I need to meet the didactic requirements for this journey, but I still need more. Additionally, I have already traveled to Kentucky twice to learn. The plan is to return to the Kentucky/Ohio region for four months later this year.  While my preceptor has gone out of her way to make my learning experience as accessible as possible, I will still have to meet my personal finacial reponsibilities since I will not be working. Here is a breakdown of what your generous donations can help with :
Required Reading $1041
NARM Phase 1 $243
NARM Phase 2 $459
NARM Phase 3 $459
NARM Phase 4 $135
NARM Exam $1188
NARM Exam prep courses $1000
Bridge Courses $690
Maryland Licensure Fee $900
Birth Kit and Supplies $3500
4 month Apprenticeship $5000 to help cover my Bills & Responsibilities in Maryland
Transportation $800
Total : $15765
To learn more about CPMs and the process to become one, please visit
Any amount will be appreciated. Please help me become a Black Midwife.


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Hadassah Bellot
Greater Upper Marlboro, MD

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