As a midwife, I have always been aware of the disparities in our health care system and have quietly done what I could to provide the best care I could within a broken system. However, the events of 2020 have shined light on racial injustice in a new way and this has spurred my drive to do more. If you are seeking education around these issues, this site provides an excellent starting point. Here, I am going to get straight to the point. Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) experience significant disparities in the care they receive and those disparities impact their experience, all the way up to much higher rates of preventable death, for both parent and child – not just during childbearing, but throughout their life. I am committed to doing what I can to change this situation. With that, I have started the Little Tree Birth Justice fund. I want to be able to provide small, one-time grants to BIPOC individuals.
I need the community to pitch in to support this effort. I know many of you are doing your part to change this situation in many ways. Here, I am asking you to contribute financially. Any amount you can give is supportive. Little Tree has developed a grant application process you can access here. Every dollar donated will go directly toward funding these grants which provide BIPOC people the means to pay for services, supplies, training or resilience experiences – at Little Tree and beyond. Grant recipient details will be posted on the Little Tree website. If you are interested in applying for a grant, click here. At this time, Little Tree Birth Justice is not non-profit, but we are working toward that designation. We are starting this effort now, because we have clients who would benefit from this support NOW.
10/2020 – Grant Recipient: $95 – paid for Baby supplies and Bowspring Classes
01/2021 – Grant Recipient: $224 – paid for acupuncture and herbal supplements
02/2021 – Grant Recipient: $200 – helped cover costs for a home birth