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Tampa Bay's very first mobile prenatal care unit. Help bring top quality midwifery care to low income communities.
Charlie Rae Young
863 Facebook Friends
Tampa, Florida
United States
2 Team Members

Please visit our blog for the full story behind our plans for The Barefoot Bus for easy-access maternity care!

When I began midwifery school, my pie-in-the-sky dream was to have a mobile easy access clinic to provide prenatal care to low income and at-risk families. We have so many women who want and NEED quality midwifery care but face barriers such as transportation and accessibility to that care. I knew I needed to make the quality care a midwife provides accessible to the families that need it and deserve it!  

Through some beautiful and unbelievable serendipty, I found the amazing Jeff and Kelly Halldorson who live on a converted bus, traveling across the country as they learn and adventure with their unschooling teenagers. They were the perfect people to help us transform an old blood mobile into our dream, The Barefoot Bus.

Unschool Bus





I am taking my exam in August to become a Certified Professional Midwife, and upon my passing will become a Florida Licensed Midwife. Once my licensure process is complete we will begin taking the bus out into the community 1-2 days per week to see women for prenatal visits. We are hoping to connect with our local Healthy Start Coalition, local churches, and public women's health services to make them aware of where the bus will be situated for visits each week and how they may go about referring people for care. Women will be able to access information on women's health, pregnancy, early childhood health, find assistance with applying for Medicaid if needed, and of course be seen for prenatal and/or postpartum care. No births will take place on the bus. We will continue to serve women who are good candidates for homebirth, but provide women who desire a hospital birth with excellent prenatal care and a doula to accompany them to the hospital. They would then see the on-call physician or nurse midwife at the hospital of their choice--the same way they might if they were to receive care at a public clinic or health department. 

In order to make such a large scale community project come to life we have to have supporters. We still have the final pull to make the bus operational. Normal maintence, the stocking of supplies, and the finishing touches.

Did you have the awesome care of a midwife during your pregnancy? A great outcome because of it? Help share that with another family! Help us reach hundreds of families and start the pendulum of birth care swing in the more positive direction. We have started this funding campaign with lots of awesome incentives for our supporters. Everything from funny bumper stickers, in-home massages, all the way to adding your company's logo to the bus to be seen all across Tampa Bay! Our funding goal is $10,000- with every bit of that going into the bus. We are setting our sights high, and hoping that you can help make this very important vision come to life. 

Even if you cannot donate, we appreciate you spreading the word about this project with your friends, family, colleagues, and clients! 

Feel free to contact us with any questions you have--we are all so excited to share our vision with you! 

The Barefoot Family



Charlie Rae & The Barefoot Family 

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raised by 276 people in 2 months
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$10,000 USD goal
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This campaign ended on July 23, 2013
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  • $1USD
    A happy dance!

    Even your $1 helps us reach our goal! We will do a happy dance of thanks for your generosity!

    20 claimed
  • $5USD
    Facebook shout out!

    A personalized Facebook shout out to you on our Barefoot Birth page where we have nearly 3,000 fans! Our heart felt thanks along with a shout out and link to your business, or just our extreme gratitude!

    54 out of 500 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013

    Mystery Birthy Fun Pack!

    Will you get a button from Enchantment Illustrated? A couple of birth affirmation fortune cookies? Some funny parenting stickers for your kiddies? We don't know- but you're sure to love it, and it's even more fun because it is a mystery! And it's for only a $10 donation!

    25 out of 25 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $25USD
    Funny Bumper Sticker!

    You've probably seen them around, and now you can own one yourself! "Honk if your 10cms!" "You push--we catch!" "Midwives: the OTHER ladies of the night" A funny Barefoot Birth special Barefoot Bus edition bumper sticker!

    24 out of 500 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $30USD
    Set of 5 birthy buttons

    This perk gets you 5 completely adorable birthy buttons from artist Mark Spencer of Enchantment Illustrateed! Check out https://www.facebook.com/MarkSpencerArtist for examples of his work!

    25 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $50USD
    QuicKEY + Bumper Sticker!

    A gorgeous BIRTH*LOVE*FEED*HOLD QuicKEY + high quality vinyl bumper sticker from our beautiful friend Denarealla Designs! Check them out here: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=187602808059885&set=pb.127574074062759.-2207520000.1373809612.&type=3&theater

    6 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $100USD
    VIP Ticket to our Bus Party!

    Enjoy an exclusive first-look at the Barefoot Bus before our unveiling party. Your VIP ticket includes a funny bumper sticker, a personal private tour, and admission to our exclusive unveiling pre-party!

    5 out of 25 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $150USD
    60 minute in home massage!

    Relaxation, Thai, or Pregnancy massage bliss for 60 minutes in the comfort of your own home with Wes Bozeman LMT (MA# 58298) This special perk is available for supporters in the Tampa Bay Area.

    4 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $200USD
    Enchantment Illustrated Print

    Enjoy a gorgeous print from local artist Mark Spencer (https://www.facebook.com/MarkSpencerArtist) who specializes in magestical drawings and paintings- including some of the best birthy art around!

    1 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $250USD
    Concierge Postpartum Doula

    5 hours of daytime in home postpartum doula support. A postpartum doula can assist you with breastfeeding, household chores, and catching up on some much needed sleep. A priceless gift for any new family!

    2 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $300USD
    Placenta Encapsulation

    Full service placenta encapsulation package. Enjoy the benefits of our expertise in the world of placenta arts! This includes processing of your placenta into capsules, a cord keepsake, and hand delivery to your door step. This perk is available to our supporters in the Tampa Bay Area.

    2 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $500USD
    Photo Session + Images!

    A professional, personalized photo session with Jeanine Bollmann-Davis on location of your choice. Includes shooting time AND your images!

    1 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $2,000USD
    Your logo ON THE BAREFOOT BUS!

    For your generous support of our project, we will have your company's logo or a special message printed on the Barefoot Bus. A great advertising opportunity for local birth and family-friendly businesses! Maybe you do not have a business to advertise but would like to share a special message in memory of someone. The space on the exterior of the bus is limited to be sure your logo or message will stand out!

    0 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
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