Full Moon Freestanding Birth Center

$24,275 of $75,000 goal

Raised by 95 people in 30 months
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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It's been an amazing week! Last week we were granted the permit we needed to be open 24/7, which was the only thing holding us back from legally operating as a birth center and today we received a generous donation of $10,000. This nearly doubles the donations we've received thus far. This is AMAZING news and will be a great start on the next step towards our goal.

In order to be fully functioning we still need your help! We need a shower installed in the upstairs bathroom, as well as flooring and a washer/dryer hookup. What this means is not only materials and labor costs, but also permits. These are the bare minimum requirements. Of course we could get fancy and add more finishing touches.

Please help us create a space people want to come home to. We need community support to continue making our dream become reality.

Your humble birth servant,
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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.

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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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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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$24,275 of $75,000 goal

Raised by 95 people in 30 months
Created June 16, 2016
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Yelena Rose
13 months ago

Dear Sunshine, we are sending you all the good wishes this year and hope to help more with the Birthing Center! Yelena and Jason Rose.

Yvonne Gray
16 months ago (Offline Donation)
Mariola Lopez
16 months ago

All the best with this awesome project!

Riverstyx Foundation
18 months ago (Offline Donation)
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