In lieu of material gifts for Maeve and Viona's 7th and 4th birthdays this year, we're continuing our tradition from last year to raise money in their name to make a positive impact in our community and help some amazing helpers provide support to vulnerable communities in Chicago. Due to Maeve and Viona's birthdays being in December, right before the Christmas holiday, they have never been in short of gifts and the amazing generosity of our friends and family. We have been very priveleged and fortunate. We'd love to share some of that good fortune and generosity. In continuance with last year, we'll be donating to the amazing not-for-profit, Chicago Volunteer Doulas. Our very own doula, friend, and all around amazing human who we are honored to know, Amy Catania, is the Executive Director at CVD in addition to a volunteer doula and board member. Amy supported Damon and I through my pregnancies and births, and post partem with Maeve and Viona. We were utterly priveleged to have her support. We think everyone who would like a doula should be able to have one, that it shouldn't be a privelege. Help us help Chicago Volunteer Doulas do their good work! Help us make our $407 goal!
Here is what CVD is all about, taken from their website.
We are a birth justice organization providing comprehensive doula support with a focus on vulnerable communities in the Chicago-land area.A Chicago Volunteer Doula is a labor support professional who has chosen to commit time and energy to helping pregnant people and their families in Chicago.
Our doulas come from a variety of backgrounds. They are social workers, childcare workers, cab drivers, community organizers, accountants, stay-at-home moms, midwifery students, artists, activists, nurses, lawyers, teachers, yoga instructors and massage therapists.
Our doulas celebrate different racial, ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds and some are fluent in Spanish, Russian and Polish to name a few. CVD doulas include women, men and gender non-conforming or trans people, as well as members of both straight and LGBTQ communities. Some of our doulas have disabilities. No matter their background ALL of our doulas are committed to provide the best doula support to the clients they serve. If you feel you would not be comfortable receiving services from a doula who may not be from the same community as you or may have a different background we will be happy to refer you to a community based doula program or get you a list of private doulas.
All of our doulas have been trained by an accredited organization and many are certified. Some of our doulas are new to the profession while many have been supporting mothers in childbirth for years.
Each doula has been interviewed by our administrators to ensure that they support our mission, have the necessary skills and are committed to our mission and the families we serve.
Why do we find joy supporting families?
Each of our doulas has begun their journey into the field for a unique reason. Many of our doulas are mothers who have experienced the wonder of pregnancy and childbirth and wish to provide support to other mothers and parents during such a life-changing time. Other doulas enter the field to support and empower people in what is likely the most powerful experience of their lives.
The most common reason a doula is drawn to this work can best be described as a calling. These individuals have found a common passion for holding the hand of a laboring woman who is becoming a mother, anyone who is becoming a parent or anyone who is giving birth. They attend the birth of each baby as if it were for the first time and stand in awe of watching each family being born.
Find more info here : http://www.chicagovolunteerdoulas.org/ Thank you!