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I'm so excited to announce my latest venture: The Atlanta Doula Access Project. It is in the very early stages of development, and has a very bright future ahead!
Over the years of doula work, one of the most heart breaking things I have noticed is that some of the families who need a doula the most are not privileged enough to afford "the luxury of a doula." I do not believe that doulas should be a luxury. The current climate of maternity care is an example of why I believe every person should have access to doula support. At the same time, I do believe the profession of doulas deserve respect and they should be compensated in efforts to continue providing services, meet their own financial needs, and avoid burnout.
* These are just quick facts, and might not be the most updated information.
My experience has shown prejudice against single, low income, or minority mothers to play a big part in the quality of care given during pregnancy and birth. I believe each pregnant or birthing person deserves the same respect and quality of care regardless of their privilege.
My goal is to help level the playing field for each family with doula support so that they can start their family safely, with love, and respect. I want each family to feel supported emotionally, physically, and be prepared with information regarding options and resources.
In a perfect world, money would never be an option and doulas could work for free and families could be supported. If you have asked any doula, few of us do what we do for the money. And many of us have made the sacrifice to work for free or extremely discounted service. But ultimately, we need to survive. So the Doula Access Project is born. My effort is to raise funds, apply for grants, and gain support so that not only can families get the support they need, but doulas can be supported as well. The Doula Access Project will be designed to offer services on a sliding scale of free to full price and donations will be used to offset the difference.
I want to let you in on my plan. Partly to keep myself accountable, and partly to be as transparent as possible.
Raise money to apply for 501 (c)3 status
Take donations online to go toward building non profit which will include: lawyer fees, accountant fees, administration fees, obtaining a brick and mortar location, etc.
Apply for federal/state grants to help get this non-profit off the ground.
This is a very basic overview of my plan, but I'm super optimistic and looking forward to what the future holds for families in Atlanta.
If you would like to donate to help us get started, please start by donating here. Donations will be set aside to apply for 501 (c)(3) status and first steps of business. Following approval of 501(c)3 status, donations will be received through a different Avenue for tax purposes.
After the business is established, we can begin taking applications for clients and doulas who wish to be a part of the project. Clients will be required to go through an application and approval process. Doulas will be required to attend a workshop