The Birthing Circle

For: The Birthing Circle
United States
Organizer: Jessica Kent
The Birthing Circle (The Birthing Circle)
$360
of $10,000 goal.
Raised by 11 donors
3% Complete

The Story

The Birthing Circle began as a small group of families supporting each other through pregnancy, birth and postpartum. We connect families with local resources, provide personal support, run support groups, provide evidence-based information, and advocate for informed choice. 

And we want to do more.

The support and community that we have built is amazing, and thriving. But there are still issues surrounding birth in our country and community that need to be addressed. There are families who need support that we can't currently give, and that they can't get anywhere else. We know that birth outcomes in the US are decreasing. We know that Postpartum Depression rates are increasing. And we also know that community action and support makes a difference for these issues, and we're making that difference here!

So we've decided that we want to step up, make real changes to improve birth, and really and truly serve all of our local families.

There is huge disparity in quality and types of services available to low-income and minority families, and we want to change that, and offer them true support. We will do this through free childbirth classes, free doula services, and by continuing to grow the community support options available. This project is our Frederick Doula Project.

This kind of support takes a huge amount of time, passion, and commitment, and we want to hire at least one full time employee to devote themselves to this work full time. They will continue to build and enrich our current organization, and develop and implement the Frederick Doula Project. 

In order to do this, we have built a business plan that will enable the Birthing Circle to become self-sustainable financially within the year, but we need startup funds to build this infrastructure. 

Your funds will support the following: 
- Overhead costs such as business cards, online marketing, and printing.
- Hiring a marketing and business developer to ensure financial sustainability
- Hiring one or more employees to develop and work full time for the Frederick Doula Project and the Birthing Circle community.

We have the passion, and our growth and development over the past year has taught us that this model is making a difference, and that it works. We have people who need help, and people who are willing to help, but need some financial backing.

Please join us in this movement to create real changes in birth by building community and serving those who need us most. Your donation makes a huge difference, YOU make a huge difference!!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on November 29, 2016

Posted on November 29, 2016

Thank you all for the support! Help us continue the support on Giving Tuesday! $25 covers the cost of one Birthing Circle meeting or one or our workshops, $50 covers the cost of a childbirth class for one of our Frederick Doula Project clients, and $200 covers the cost of a birth doula. Any and all donations welcome, and all are tax deductible!

Posted on October 29, 2016

Posted on October 29, 2016

Good news! We've now officially obtained our 501c3 federal status as a public charity nonprofit. This means all donations will be tax deductible! We will be emailing receipts with our tax ID out by end of year. Thank you all for your support! 

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