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Why I Am Fundraising My Tuition? Why This Journey? Why This Method?

In college, one of my best friends asked me what I wanted to be when I was little. I smiled and my heart became warm as I responded: mother, teacher and doctor. She told me that what we wanted to be when we were children was our most pure expression of what we would want to do as adults. I was struck by those childhood wishes; a part of me would always feel jealous when someone was going to medical school or working with young children.

Somewhere inside, I still wanted to be a healer. I knew after my first birth as a doula, I was going to be a midwife. I knew like the day is clear I wanted to provide care for a woman throughout her pregnancy, birth and beyond.

I care about women. They are our sacred vessels. I love our bodies. I always wanted to do something to make sure the world was better for the next generation. As I was a doula, I tried to start my midwifery education twice through becoming a certified nurse-midwife, but my heart was not committed to that pathway. It has always been committed to work primarily at home and birthing spaces.

I have wanted to study at Maternidad La Luz in Texas since I found out about it 4 years ago. I never applied before because the school is not a Title IV; that is, it can’t receive federal funding. That was why I kept pushing to go the certified nurse-midwife path, because I could take out loans.

It’s been especially challenging to save up the amount of money I’ve needed while supporting myself in full. Yet, the more time I spent around pregnant women, the more I knew I had to try some way to become a midwife. I desire this so much. It fills me with an unspeakable joy to be able to hold the space for a profound transformation – for the woman, family, friends and the world. Being a midwife would be my way of assisting the future generation of mothers and families have healthier beginnings.

Nearly all the loans and grants that I can apply for are for certified nurses-midwives. It would have been logical to go against my heart’s desire to offer women the option to birth in a more sacred and empowering way by being trained medically. But the truth is, I feel my place is with helping women remember their own innate strength outside of these often oppressive institutions. I feel committed to learning in a birth clinic to gain my basic medical skills and be able to be in a much more subdued environment. The money I do have saved is keeping me afloat here in El Paso this summer as I work my butt off at a job to offset some of the expenses. I am unable to take out personal loans because I have other loans in either forbearance, deferment or in collections from my undergraduate career.

Reaching out to others will not only help me fulfill this dream, but answer a calling for our women at large. This program would give me the opportunity to work as a midwife much sooner than later, so that I would still continue to study with other midwives and be practical as well. I am looking up and doing all that I can to raise the money through other avenues – looking for grants, reaching out to organizations in hopes of a response and asking my network for resources as well.

I am asking for donations to pay for my tuition, books, room and board for a year long program at Maternidad La Luz. I am also requesting resources and help spreading my message.

I am raising $15,700 for the entire year. Maternidad La Luz’s program is divided into 4 quarters, tuition is due on the first day of each quarter, so short-term I need to raise 25% percent of my goal, $4,000 to pay tuition and expenses by August 31st – my first day of school is September 1st. I have a fundraising page here:


libudsuroy's picture

Hi, Ynanna, Such a lofty

Hi, Ynanna,
Such a lofty goal! If only education is free everywhere. I hear these stories of how students in the US get indebted for life. I would like to be of help. The only thing I can do is to re-post this my blogs and in Facebook.

You will make it, trust yourself. Trust in the Wisdom of this Compassionate Universe.

libudsuroy/Lina Sagaral Reyes
Mindanao, The Philippines

''Every Day is a Journey and the Journey itself is Home.'' (Matsuo Basho)

LatiNegra's picture

Dear Lina, Thank you so much

Dear Lina,
Thank you so much for your supportive words and desire to help me. Everything helps!

Ynanna Djehuty
Certified Birth Doula and Writer

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