Full Moon Freestanding Birth Center

$13,730 of $75k goal

Raised by 85 people in 9 months
Sunshine Tomlin  SANTA CRUZ, CA
Full Moon Birth and Family Wellness Center  is so much more than just a birth center. It is a place families can come together for classes, massage, acupuncture, midwifery care, chiropractic care and more! It is owned and operated by Sunshine Tomlin, LM , a midwife practicing in Santa Cruz and the surrounding areas since 2005. Her vision includes making out of hospital midwifery care accessible to families, even those who don't want to or can't have a homebirth.

What is a freestanding birth Center? Birth centers offer comfortable place for childbirth, under the care of a midwife. She provides prenatal care, postpartum care, and well woman care in addition to attending the births of the babies. It's a place where people choose to go to be in control of their own experience, where interventions are avoided whenever possible, and food and drinks are encouraged during labor.

How will your donations help? Opening a freestanding Birth Center is a monumental undertaking. Furniture must be purchased to furnish 2500 sq feet of office and birthing spaces. This includes everything from beds and dressers to forks and spoons. We also want to update and paint the inside of the building, This is an estimated cost of $5,000. Equipment must be purchased, including medications, oxygen tanks, and dopplers that will be used during the birthing process, as well as sheets, pillows, and comforters.  A permit is required to use the office after regular business hours. This has an application fee of $2300, plus architectural floor plans and building elevations must be drawn up. We also want to renovate: removing carpet and adding hardwood, adding showers, and permanent tubs ensuite.

Any funds we raise above and beyond the expenses of opening and operating the birth center will be used to fund a scholarship account so we can offer a sliding scale to underserved and low income families.

Thank you for your support.
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Update 8
Posted by Sunshine Tomlin
7 days ago
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We're just shy of $14,000 in donations, both monetary as well as items needed for the center. I wouldn't be here without the support of my community. We still have a long way to go, yet we've come so far. Thank you Santa Cruz, Friends, Family, and believers in Birth Choices.

Love,
Sunshine
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Update 7
Posted by Sunshine Tomlin
3 months ago
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We had a wonderful photo shoot today with the Talented Paige Driscoll and her husband Rene stepping in when we needed a shot with Paige in it.

Our group of practitioners is growing so fast we can't even get them in the same place at the same time anymore. Missing from the photo are some of our practitioners as well as group facilitators: Satya Shiva, Aruna Ross, Ida Penny, Brandi Brewer, Miriam Tomlin, Brooke March, Heidi Olson, Sonia Phillips, and Vanessa Wennstrom

Pictured: Jennifer Jeffcoat, Kate Roberts, Bryn Truet-Chavez, Sunshine Tomlin, Mireille Cervelli, Eva Wax, Natalia, Joya Tarantino, Tahtahme Cann, Ashley Shanti, Gretchen Retka, Paige Driscoll, Kim Thoits, Caitlin Clarke, Tara Anderson

Stay tuned for more updates on the permit that allows us to be open at night, we're getting closer every day.

Next up: we need a noise study done to prove that we won't be a burden to the neighbors when women are laboring at night.
Some of our mighty women
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Update 6
Posted by Sunshine Tomlin
3 months ago
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We just had a donation that pushed us over the $10,000 mark! I'm so glad to announce that the city has our application for the after hours permit, and we are waiting for a date for the public hearing that will be held. I have little doubt we will be granted the permit, as there are so many benefits to the community in having a birth center.
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Update 5
Posted by Sunshine Tomlin
8 months ago
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We are so grateful for all of your support. Today we broke $5,000 in contributions from our friends, family, and other supporters. This more than covers the application costs for the special use permits. Next up professional floor plans as required by the city for the permit. Once the permit is in place, we can concentrate on the equipment and furniture needed to make it a cozy place to give birth. Please continue to share. Many hands make light work.
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$13,730 of $75k goal

Raised by 85 people in 9 months
Created June 16, 2016
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Sincere Thanks
For your $50 contribution you will receive a hand written thank you note with heartfelt gratitude.
$95
Acu Induction
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Donate $95 and receive Sincere Thanks plus Acupuncture for Natural Labor Induction with Tara Anderson, L.Ac.
$96
Mama Warming
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Donate $96 and receive Sincere Thanks plus a Mama Warming Postpartum Acupuncture Treatment with Tara Anderson L.Ac.
$100
Webster
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With this donation receive "Sincere Thanks" and a Webster Technique Chiropractic Analysis from Caitlin Clark, DC.
$120
PrenatalMassage
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With this donation receive "Sincere Thanks" and a 75 minute prenatal massage for you or your loved one with Joya Tarantino, CMT
$130
Acupuncture
2 of 3 left
With this donation receive "Sincere Thanks" and an Initial Visit for Acupuncture with Tara Anderson, L.Ac.
$200
Couple'sRetreat
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With this donation receive "Sincere Thanks" and a weekend intensive childbirth class with with emphasis on couples' connection, taught by Mireille Gale.
$225
MayaMassage
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With this donation receive "Sincere Thanks" and an Initial Maya Abdominal Therapy Session with Bryn Truett-Chavez approx 2 hrs in length.
$250
Silver Leaf
At this donation level your name will be on one of the "silver level" leaves of our family tree mural.
$251
Placenta Pills
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With this donation receive "Sincere Thanks" and have your placenta, or the placenta of a loved one encapsulated by Ashley Shanti, CMP
$300
Birth Prep
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With this donation receive "Sincere Thanks" and Birth Preparation Acupuncture Series (4 weekly treatments 36-39 weeks of pregnancy) With Tara Anderson, L.Ac.
$500
Gold Leaf
At this donation level your name will be on one of the "Gold Level" leaves of our family tree mural.
$600
prenatal chiro
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With this donation receive Sincere Thanks & one month of Caitlin Clarke DC's "signature birth passage dynamic prenatal care package", inc. chiro and much more.
$1,700
Mireille Doula
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Mireille Gale will be your or your loved one's BirthDoula. Package includes "Sincere Thanks", 2 pre & 2 post birth visits in addition to the birth.
$1,701
Joya Doula
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Joya Tarantino, CMT will be your or your loved one's BirthDoula. Package includes "Sincere Thanks", 2 pre & 2 post birth visits in addition to the birth.
$1,800
BirthStory
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With this donation receive "Sincere Thanks" & Paige Driscoll's presence from active labor up until one hour after birth. approx 150 digital photos included.
$2,000
Chiro doula
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Receive "Sincere Thanks" & Birth passage dynamics & doula package with Caitlin Clarke,DC. Inc. prenatal chiropractic, cranial sacral and doula services.
$2,500
Jennifer Doula+
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Receive "Sincere Thanks" & 2 prenatal visits, birth support, 1 postpartum visit, placenta encapsulation, homeopathy, hypnotherapy, more with Jennifer Jeffcoat
$5,000
LibrarySponsor
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Donate $5,000 recieve Sincere Thanks and you can name the library. All names chosen must be family friendly, and are subject to approval.
$8,000
ClassrmSponsor
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Donate $8,000 receive Sincere Thanks and you can name the classroom. All names chosen must be family friendly, and are subject to approval.
TK
$1,000
Tovah Kolodinski
7 days ago(Offline Donation)
AB
$120
Alexis Baldisseri
7 days ago

I'm beyond thrilled to see a birthing center open up in Santa Cruz. These services are so welcomed and needed in our area. Thank you for caring for our families and my rights as a woman to birth in my own way.

BF
$2,000
Brooke March And Friends
10 days ago(Offline Donation)
$250
Anonymous
2 months ago
MC
$100
Monika Clark
3 months ago

I believe in your mission. Thank you for what you have done for me Sunshine, it changed my life having a 2 VBACs at home.

CC
$50
Courtney Castaños
3 months ago

Thank you so much for dreaming this up and following through. Our community is so grateful and I hope that more funding will continue to flow in to help this dream flourish. Best of luck to you and thank you for all of your hard work.

JR
$500
Jack Ross
3 months ago

So happy to contribute to a wonderful cause Sunshine!

GR
$75
Gretchen Retka
4 months ago(Offline Donation)
$100
Anonymous
4 months ago
SB
$20
Simone Bessick
5 months ago
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