My name is Dionne. I am called to be a midwife. My great grandmother was a birth keeper in Jamaica - my birthplace. She was my first introduction to midwifery. Although she has inspired me to follow in her footsteps, it was after giving birth to my five beautiful children that I developed a love and passion for the care, dedication and holistic art of midwifery.
On my journey to answer my midwifery calling, I have found, and am pursuing the perfect opportunity. I will be attending the Mercy in Action Intensive Academic Midwifery training in Boise, Idaho from September to November, 2013. Upon completion of my academics, I will be travelling abroad to complete my midwifery internships where I will be working alongside local midwives to serve mothers and babies at a clinics in underserved communities over the next 2 years.
Upon achieving Certified Professional Midwife Certification through NARM, it is my dream to build a midwifery practice based on the philosophy that the practice of midwifery is one that perceives childbirth and pregnancy as a natural, healthy life event. And to offer SAFE, culturally sensitive care that is assessable to all.
I will work towards closing the gaps between members of the healthcare team – working together in an atmosphere of respect.
In the future, I see myself advocating strongly for young women everywhere. Instilling the knowledge and confidence within themselves to realize they have a voice and that every woman has a right to a peaceful birth. I see myself supporting and encouraging them through what I believe to be one of the most wonderful and profound life experience.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), "Investing in health systems—especially in midwife training and in making emergency obstetric care available round-the-clock—is key to reducing maternal mortality”, yet more than 58 countries lack enough qualified midwives to provide timely access to skilled healthcare for mothers and infants. That’s why I have chosen this journey and your support is invaluable to me.
I invite you to become part of the solution, while helping me answer my life’s calling.
Your contribution, in any amount, will go to:
Help me pay for my tuition, which includes:
Personalized clinical placements and academic study overseen by an experienced midwife preceptor.
Leadership training, including business development and community-building skills
The purchase of required textbooks, essential medical equipment and pay for room and board while living abroad
Provide resources to support birth clinics in underserved regions around the world
Provision of basic birth care supplies and medical equipment
Development of the birth clinic where I am placed
Provision of basic maternal healthcare education to local women and frontline health workers.
I am guided to continue cultivating the work of past generations of midwives such as my great grandmother and to educate and empower future generations of women and families.
Thank you for your support.
Dionne, aspiring midwife Ontario, Canada