AfroLatina Student Midwife Fund
Thank you to everyone who has supported me in the last year with pursing my certified professional midwife license. I am down to the wire and need to raise the rest of my funds. I need $1,500 to finish paying my school tuition, $1000 to pay for the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) licensing exam in August to be able to practice, and $2000 to simply have somewhere to live for the next 5 months. That is a grand total of $4500 to complete what I've set out to do: serve as a midwife and reproductive healthcare provider to our women in New Jersey and New York.
Why is this a community matter? I am answering the call to support our women in New Jersey and New York who need a culturally relevant midwife and health care provider. My special interest is young teenage mothers and women in their twenties. Our women are falling through the cracks in terms of reproductive health. From personal experience, I know the neglect that the urban communities like the Bronx, Brooklyn, Jersey City and Queens. I want to fill in this void with the skills and knowledge I have gained. In short, what I am doing is not for me but for my community to ensure that our future and current generation have a chance at healthier lives.
Furthermore, we need comprehensive education for women of all ages about their reproductive health so that we can begin to empower ourselves and influence a better legacy for our future generations. I need help to continue to step up in this way. Please help me in the form of a donation, resource or method of fundraising so I can reach my goal and come back home to serve.
Thank you for answering the call to help our women rise up and be empowered by adding a bilingual midwife to your community!
As of last weekend, I am able to pay for the short-term needs regarding tuition. I won't be flying home until I am all done! I have a few months left until my tour and graduation, and I couldn't have done it with you. I will still be fundraising to take the licensing exam and stay afloat. Thank you so much for believing in me. I look forward to transitioning back home east in whatever way the Universe and I decide is best. I look forward to supporting sisters back home in birth and reproductive health and wellness. Love you all very much!
Today marks the end of an incredible 3 months of life. I can honestly say I couldn't have done this alone. The journey to this point has been quite the struggle, with friends and family supporting me and my vision for healing our collective. So many things and ways of thinking have changed.
Check out the link to read my full reflection: http://www.thesewatersrundeep.com/2013/12/eres-una-partera-are-you-a-midwife-reflecting-on-my-first-quarter-of-midwifery-training/