Hello Blog Family!
Many of you know this about me but for those who don’t: I am a Black Queer 18 year old who is determined to become a certified professional midwife (CPM). Black and Brown births MATTER, and the maltreatment against Black and Brown pregnant folks in the medical industrial complex is beyond unacceptable. It is genocide, and BIPOC folks should not deter pregnancy due to the fear of dying at the hands of white supremacist ideals. During my sophomore year of high school, I was introduced to birth work when I joined an abolitionist organization with a mission of collective liberation. I did not know that the Black community was disproportionately affected by parent and infant mortality during hospital births. Over the past few years, I have grown an immense love for childbirth; this is mostly due to being exposed to the beauty of home births. I have been manifesting becoming a midwife for a while now, but I did not know how/when it would happen because of my aspirations of going to a four year college. I am going to college in Portland, Oregon, which has a huge birth work scene, and it dawned on me fairly recently that I could do college and midwifery training simultaneously. My college campus would allow me to have secure housing and food, which would allow me to be completely focused on my studies of English Literature and Midwifery. A prospective midwifery school that I am interested in costs about $19,000 total to become a CPM. To avoid burnout with my two studies and my own personal wellbeing , I have chosen not to have a job or do work study. Because of this, I am aiming to raise $30,000 to cover the $9,000 that I could make doing campus work study. These extra funds would allow me to navigate personal needs and emergencies without going into debt and experiencing financial insecurity. Thank you for your support. I look forward to serving and loving my pregnant Black and Brown communities.
If you would like to reach out to ask questions or offer additional resources, feel free to contact me on Instagram or by email which can both be found at the bottom of my “about ♡” page.
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In solidarity and love,