W.I.S.E. Community Doula Fundraiser

For: Charlotte WOC who are most at risk for poor birth outcomes
Charlotte, NC
Organizer: Fametta Darling
$2,770
of $12,000 goal
23% Complete
Raised by 35 donors

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 March 20, 2018

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Posted on March 20, 2018

Dear community,

Thank you so much for your contribution of time and energy toward making the Laugha Yoga donation class a huge success. It’s only with your continued support that we can organize and assist with improving the birth outcomes, of those right here in our city. A special thank you to Robin Simmons Blackwell and Charlotte Family Yoga for holding space for us and believing in our cause.


Posted on January 1, 2018

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Posted on January 1, 2018

There's no doubt that 2017 was a good year for WCD. Not only was the organization created, but through the support of our community, we raised $1,950 dollars, which helped us provide prenatal, birth, postpartum and/or lactation support to 23 women. We also formed countless partnerships and were able to assist in the growth and development of 5 black Doulas. .
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We are beyond grateful to be a part of such a caring and supportive community. 2017 was an amazing year and we couldn't have done it without you all. We're looking forward to seeing all that 2018 has to offer. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! 🙌🏾🙏🏿🤰🏽
#WISECommunityDoulas #blackdoulasforblackmothers #FUBU #Ittakesavillage #communityhealing #charlottedoulas #communitysupport #communitydoulas #newyear #PeaceBeginsWithBirth #2017 #2018

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

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