W.I.S.E. Community Doula Fundraiser

For: Charlotte WOC who are most at risk for poor birth outcomes
Charlotte, NC
Organizer: Fametta Darling
$1,453
of $12,000 goal.
Raised by 22 donors
12% Complete

The Story

As the first organization of its kind, in North Carolina, W.I.S.E. (Women In Support & Empowerment) Community Doulas is a unique, innovative grassroots organization created to provide caring, sensitive and culturally appropriate (free and sliding scale) doula support,  to women of color; who lack the adequate resources needed, to afford doula care.

  • In Charlotte, NC, black women are 2 times more likely to die during pregnancy and childbirth than their white counterparts.
  • African American babies are nearly 3 times more likely (12.8 deaths for every 1,000 births) to die from premature birth and low birth weight than their white peers (5.1 infant deaths per 1,000 live births). Of all infant mortality racial/ethnic disparities in the state, this disparity is the greatest.
  • Additionally, women of color nationally have faced the highest cesarean rates of any other demographic. With each increasing cesarean, women are at higher risks of infection, poor wound healing, increased blood loss, post-surgical complications, hysterectomy, placental complication (accreta), lower breastfeeding rates and even death.  

In Charlotte and many other US cities, race has an independent effect on health outcomes, beyond those explained by socioeconomic differences. Infant mortality rates for college-educated African American women have been documented to be higher than those of white women who did not graduate from high school.

Increasing the capacity and access to full spectrum doula care, for women most at risk of poor health outcomes, uplifts the voices of birthing people, improves birth experiences and births outcomes, and transforms communities.

The Mission of W.I.S.E Community Doulas is to improve the maternal and infant health outcome and disparities of women of color, by fostering a community that advocates, educates, empowers and supports those who are pregnant, their growing families, and the professionals who work with them, during the childbirth continuum.

We are raising funds to:
  • Gain nonprofit status

  • Provide stipends to our volunteer doulas

  • Develop marketing materials to be shared with local business partners and stakeholders

  • Establish relationships with clinics and health facilities in the Charlotte area

  • Rent public spaces to host community workshops, trainings, and forums

  • Purchase birth books to add to our lending library

Our goal is to raise $12K by 12/31/17. We welcome your financial support to continue moving this great work forward! Please donate TODAY and forward to anyone else you think may be interested in supporting.
http://wisecommunitydoulas.wixsite.com/wisecommunitydoulas
and on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WISECommunityDoulas

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on June 8, 2017

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Posted on June 8, 2017

We'd like to send a special thank you, to everyone who came out for yoga yesterday. Thanks to you, we are $103 closer to our fundraising goal!
The support that we provide to the mothers in our community, is only possible because of your support. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Kelley Carboni-Woods, you are greatly appreciated. There aren't enough words. ❤️
#peacebeginswithbirth #CommunityHealing #ItTakesAVillage #fubu

Posted on April 3, 2017

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Posted on April 3, 2017

Dear community,
There aren't enough words to express the level of appreciation and gratitude, that we have for your support. We would like to thank Robin Blackwell,  Charlotte Family Yoga, and everyone that came out yesterday, for the W.I.S.E. Community Doulas fundraiser. Your donations brought in over $100, to get us closer to our fundraising goal.

We'd also like to shout out Melia Holbrook, who donated $200 and has been a major supporter of our cause.

We are so fortunate and blessed to live in such a caring and compassionate community. Fortunate too, that there is a deep understanding and commitment, to the work of changing the ways in which we support the most vulnerable families. Together, we are giving birth to something beautiful.
#PeaceBeginsWithBirth

Posted on February 23, 2017

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Posted on February 23, 2017

Dear community,
We are so grateful for your support! It's been almost 2 months, since WCD went public, and we've already raised $1,049. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! We couldn't have done it without you. With your donated funds, we are now providing doula support to 7 beautiful women AND we're much closer to filing for non-profit status. TOGETHER we can create the community that we all deserve! Let's birth something beautiful!

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