Meet Kai Shatteen.
The 2018/2019 Black Midwife Education Fund Grant recipient.
Kai Shatteen-Jones is a leader in the Bay Area Birth Work Community with a deep commitment to ending the injustice that puts BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of Color) and LGBTQIA (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer Intersex Asexual) communities at the bottom when it comes to positive birth outcomes. For Kai this work is an answer to Ancestral calling, not a career and she is guided by her Ancestors daily. Kai is an Apprentice Midwife, Placenta Encapsulation Specialist, as well as a Birth & Postpartum Consultant. She is currently the Client Intake Director and a Doula Trainer within the Roots of Labor Birth Collective and she is also the mother of two young adults! Read more about her journey to midwifery on the following slides.
We have 6 weeks to raise $4,800.
So far, we have raised $1,700 toward our goal of $6,500!!!
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About the Cornerstone Black Midwife Education Fund Grant
"As maternal mortality rates rise in the Black community, Black midwives are ensuring that Black mamas lives remain at the center of conversations about women’s health. They are on the frontlines helping pregnant Black women move through the trauma and fear of racism to have healthy pregnancies, empowering births, and happy children. Black midwives are not only standing with activists and organizers in various social justice movements, they are building a birth justice movement for us all." - Tamika Middleton
Black midwives are leading the change in the current maternal health crisis in the US, and beyond. As a result of colonalism and systemic racism, Black midwives experience incredible barriers to practice - the very practice that is the key to lowering maternal and infant morbidity and mortality rates in their communities. We stand with Black midwives and are committed to uplifting, honoring and supporting Black lives -the lives of mothers, parents and their children through culturally relevant and responsive midwifery care. Cornerstone Doula Trainings is committing to donating $10 from every Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula and CBE student's tuition, as well as all funds donated to an education grant fund to support Black midwifery students. We must increase access to midwifery education for Black birthworkers. We must ensure safe, culturally relevant care for Black and Brown birthing people.
How it works: We will choose a grant recipient once yearly and will pay the accrued funds to them in two payments: one payment every six months after being chosen for the grant for a total of one year. For example: If we choose a recipient on February 1, they will receive funding on August 1 and February 1, the following year. The grant amount is not guaranteed, as it is variable, dependent upon the number of course participants we have for the year. Applications will open on January 1, 2020 and will close on January 15, 2020. We will review applications and notify the recipient no later than February 1, 2020.
Do you qualify for the grant? If you are a Black student midwife, currently in an apprenticeship or completing course work and are experiencing financial barriers, you qualify. You are not required to prove income, nor do you have to repay the grant funds after you begin your midwifery practice.
What can you use the funds for? You can use these funds for tuition, rent, living expenses, books, supplies, childcare and self care. We want you to thrive in your midwifery training and practice.