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Paige's Midwifery Training

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Raised by 28 people in 10 months
Hello my name is Paige and I am a Black student midwife, the great, great granddaughter of Henrietta Harris, a Granny midwife from Little Rock, Arkansas. Currently, I am living in Boise, Idaho, entering my second year of midwifery school at Mercy In Action and my second year of my required student midwifery internship at Mercy Birth Center and L'Abri Midwifery, all in Boise, Idaho.

In August of 2017, I was honored to be chosen as the 2017 Mercy In Action Grand Challenge Scholarship recipient. This $20,000 scholarship, is awarded once a year to a birth worker of color in an effort to train more Certified Professional Midwives of Color, to do our part to stop the racial disparities women of color are facing and to help end fact that we are 3-4 more times more likely to die in pregnancy and during the postpartum period, than white mothers. This scholarship award covers my 3 year tuition, housing, and food. What is does not cover is my monthly car payment, my car insurance, my monthly cell phone bill, etc.

I would not have made it this far without this scholarship and the help of my amazing village, and I’m calling on you all for help again. As I enter my primary student year, I enter a year of greater responsibility of working under my preceptors as the lead student midwife. With this greater responsibility, I will not be able to work as I have been able to during my assistant phase. Birth is beautiful, but it's also unpredictable and when a baby chooses to enter this world is too unpredictable to plan an outside work schedule around. That leaves me without the means to cover my monthly expenses, but this is also where you can play a part, to help a student midwife of color get the training she needs. Without your help to cover my monthly expenses for the next 10 months, I won't be able to financially continue with my training.

My monthly expenses are as follows:

Car Payment: $318.26 x 10 months= $3,182.60 dollars
Car Insurance: $115.00 x 10 months=$1,150 dollars
Cell Phone: $55.00 x 10 months=$550 dollars

Miscellaneous (gas, personal hygiene products, food while away from home (long home birth labors, hospital transfers), occasional get a way movie outing, coffee/tea while out studying, etc): $75.00 x 10 months= $750 dollars

Total: $5,632.60

In advance, know that I am eternally grateful to all who donates. I do not take for granted that you chose to sow your hard earned money into me. I can promise you that what you sow, no matter how big or small, will not go to waste. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping me to serve purpose.
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Hello all and Happy Wednesday! Just a quick update...Thanks to all of you, I’ve been able to dedicate the past 6 months to learning more about the natural birth process, attending births, gaining valuable clinical training and numbers needed for me to graduate midwifery school next year. (That’s so bananas to type! I GRADUATE NEXT YEAR!!!). Because of your donations, prayers, and belief in my purpose, I’m well on my way to completing my minimum required clinical numbers a whole year early! To reach this goal in the next 4 months, I need to attend 15 more births. With birth being so unpredictable there is no way that I could work a regular 9-5 and still be available for births without your donations. I currently have a friend and supporter who has stepped forward to cover my monthly car insurance, but would you be willing to donate to help cover my other monthly expenses? No amount is too small. In advance know that I eternally grateful that you chose to share your hard earned finances with me and I can promise that your money will not end with me. I have so many things in the planning stages, to help other Black Student Midwives not have to stress and struggle financially as I and many others have. Your seed will encourage and support me in going the distance so I can reach back to help others!

Thank you,
Paige Jackson, future BSM, CPM, LM
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I am amazed and so grateful for all who have donated thus far and for all who will continue to donate. In three months you all have helped me raise $2,229 of the $5,363 dollars humbly requested, towards me completing the primary year of my clinical training. It is hard and nearly impossible to balance being a primary student midwife with a work commitment outside of my unpaid internship. So your donation has freed time for me to prepare for/attend prenatal appointments and attend births, (all under the supervision of my midwife preceptors), study, practice life saving skills, and rest, instead of working 12 hours as a Home Health CNA every Friday, and Saturday. Since my last update, I’ve attended 9 births with 5 counting towards the 25 births required as primary student midwife under supervision to graduate. Which means I’ve attended 5 birth as lead student midwife and with my midwife preceptor supervising/assisting me I assisted the laboring mother, caught her sweet baby as it entered this world (or assisted a family member in doing so), caught the placenta, performed the newborn exam, and gave postpartum discharge instructions. It’s been exciting times to say the least! Thank you for the part you’ve played in that, until my next update!

Blessings,
Paige
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Thank you to all who have donated funds towards my expenses while I work to finish by clinical internship. Your donation will help me not have to worry and be available solely for births the next 10 months. Your donation will help me complete my training as a Certified Professional Midwife so that I can help fight the horrible disparities pregnant women of color are facing. You’re donation will help me become a midwife so that I can reach back and help other aspiring midwives do the same. I’m eternally grateful for your support.
All my love,
Paige
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