I moved to Brooklyn, NY from Houston, TX more than a year ago to be a full time Full Spectrum Doula. I wanted to work with black women, women of color, low income, undocumented, immigrant, Queer... And I do. I've attended 34 births in Homes, hospitals and birth centers. Some were born via ceserean, some vaginally, some were abortions and even one was a still birth. I even provide free resources online about birth and reproductive justice on DoulaChronicles.com
It focuses on holistic uterine health and reproductive care by creating easier access of reproductive education for women of color. A Doula is a nonmedical birth coach/companion who assists people before, during and after childbirth. Research shows that the quality of your birth experince dramatically increases with a doula. Pregnant people are less likely to need pain relied medications (Epidural/Narcotics) and less likely to have a cesarean birth with a Doula.
I was the Perinatal Doula Coordinator for a grassroots collective that offers Doula Services to Women of Color and Low Income Families who otherwise would not be able to afford Doula Care. And apart of a Prison Doula program where we visit pregnant women twice weekly at Rikers Island. I now work for a city agency providing reproductive health referral services in Brownsville, Brooklyn.
With all the work I've done in such a short amount of time I've realized that I am ready to add Midwifery to my resume. A lot of the births I attend I witness women get mistreated, ignored and belittle during labor and I want to be apart of filling that gap in the lack midwives in my communities. I want to be apart of the long History of Black midwives (https://ictcmidwives.org/black-midwives/history-of-black-midwives/
. The dream goal is to go back to my parents home in Nigeria and provide Midwifery services but as we all know revolutionary work doesn't pay a living wage so I'm asking for assistance.
The Midwifery Program I will be attending is out of state in EL Paso, Texas, Maternidad La Luz
. It's a one year immersion program that fulfills the requirements necessary to apply to become a Texas-licensed midwife, a NARM Certified Professional Midwife (CPM), or for licensure in other states and provinces. The amount I'm hoping to raise will cover the tuition, Books, Housing, and Transportation.
Cash App- $EfeOBooks for Midwifery SchoolThe granny midwives who birthed untold numbers of babies in the rural SouthDeath By Delivery by Fusion TV