Kai's Midwifery Journey!

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Who am I?

My name is Kai Shatteen-Jones and I am blessed to be the mother of two teenagers. I was young when I had them and knew nothing about being pregnant, childbirth, the postpartum period or even being a parent. My lack of education and support during that time of transformation has driven me to ensure that other parents don’t suffer from the unknown  the way I did. My experiences and those of people dear to me, have shaped how I move through this lifetime with the guidance of my ancestors. I am passionate about  serving others as they become parents. 

A Commitment to Better Birthing Outcomes for All: 

The facts about birthing outcomes for Black Birthing People are grim but changeable as more of us take charge of our health. To close racial gaps in health, we need to intervene on racism at multiple levels. It’s especially important to address institutional racism, which results in race-based differential access to a broad range of resources that enable good health, like quality health care, excellent schools, and good jobs. Right now, I am choosing to tackle the inequities in health care in regards to pregnancy and infant care.  As more people begin to birth at home with midwives, I believe our outcomes will become progressively better. Here are the facts now: The rate of death for Black infants at birth or within the first year of life nationally is double that the rate of white infants. As a doula, I strive to educate and provide resources to all birthing people, including ways to  advocate for themselves while navigating the hospital system,  understanding their power and listening to their bodies. I have supported numerous families by being with them before, during, and after their births to ensure the greatest health outcomes. I do this work because I believe our communities deserve better, and I am committed to participating in better birthing outcomes and healthier lives overall.

We Deserve Better, and It’s About Time: 

The institutionalized discrimination in Maternity and Infant Care settings against Black People, People of Color and the LGBTQIA communities mirror the discrimination in society at large. We deserve to be free from the harms associated with a system that does not listen to our needs and believes that Black People experience less pain. We deserve the highest quality of care available in all cases, at all times. That is what I offer now, and what I will offer more of when I complete the journey to becoming a midwife. It’s about time that we had more advocates, more conscious service providers, and more loving care-givers to choose from in our time of greatest need. Black Birthing People deserve to have care providers they can relate to. Help me birth my dream and know this: I will help tons of families get the quality care they deserve as they bring new life into the world!

How will the funds be used? 
I am enrolled in National Midwifery Institute ! The money raised will  go towards my tuition, textbooks and certification fees. Full tuition costs $17,000 over the course of 3-5 years and any additional funds raised above $5,000 will go towards the tuition balance. Thankfully they have a payment plan and I can pay the tuition monthly. Unable to donate money? No worries! Please share this cause and help get the word out! 

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping my dream come true! #FutureBlackMidwife #BirthJustice #ForThePeople #LiberateBlackBirth #ReproductiveJustice
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I am overjoyed by the amount of love I have received over the last month. I feel very blessed to have many people supporting my journey by donating and sharing my fundraiser! Over the past month I have also gotten to witness my first home birth as an Apprentice Midwife. I've always thought home birth was amazing, but witnessing it in the role of an apprentice was truly a gift and has me fired up for more!

I'd like to personally thank Kate Novotny of Taproot Doula for her commitment to centering BIPOC Midwives & Student Midwives in our work to save our people. She has helped me any many others raise money for school, birth centers, clients, etc. Deep gratitude!
#blacklivesmatter #blackmaternalhealth #blackbirthmatters #blackstudentmidwife #futureblackmidwife
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