My name is Ynanna Djehuty (also known as Carmen Mojica). I am an Afro-Dominicana born and raised in the Bronx. I am a student midwife at Maternidad La Luz, a writer and certified birth doula. The focus of my work is the empowerment of women and people of the African Diaspora, specifically discussing the Afro-Latina Identity. I utilize my experience as a birth doula to raise awareness on maternal and infant health for women, highlighting the disparities in the healthcare system in the United States for women of color.
I am fundraising to be able to finish the last 3 quarters. A couple of women of color in my cohort and I received financial assistance in the form of having our tuition reduced to continue here. I now only have to pay $1000 per each quarter. This has been a huge blessing. The other I need help making a strategy to raise the amount of money I need to stay for the next 3 quarters.
I have a short term goal of about $3000 by the end of this year and an overall goal of $13,000 to be able to graduate and return to the tri-state area to do work with reproductive health. The rest of the money I need is for my living and educational expenses - i.e housing, nourishment, bills, books.
I am unable to take a job during my time here because I dedicate over 60+ hours a week to two 24-hour shifts a week, with one week of three 24-hour shifts; I have 3-4 hour classes three times a week. Then I spend the other time doing homework, reading and getting the precious sleep I need to function. I need help because I want to gain this reproductive health and midwifery knowledge and bring it back to my community. I am aware of how much has been invested in me and I want to invest back into the home that I love.
My intention is to return to the tri-state area and collaborate with other reproductive justice advocates. It would be ideal to practice in New York but because I would have to get a master’s degree in midwifery, I am looking into opportunities for working as a primary under supervision in New Jersey. New Jersey is the most appealing because of the networks I have there and it is close to New York City, where I have most of my connections. I yearn to return home and invest as much time and energy back into my community as they have invested in my education up to this point. Additionally, if there is an interim between graduation and working with a midwifery practice, I would like to still use my doula skills to assist women. I am also looking into ways of using my workshop facilitation skills in developing ways to educate young and maturing women about their reproductive systems.
As a community, we are in dire need of midwives and other community organizers to assist us in shifting away from the violent and dehumanizing systems of healthcare (and lack thereof). Furthermore, we need comprehensive education for women of all ages about their reproductive health so that we can begin to empower ourselves and influence a better legacy for our future generations. I need help to continue to step up in this way. Please help me in the form of a donation, resource or method of fundraising so I can reach my goal and come back home to serve.
Link to fundraising campaign: http://www.gofundme.com/thesewatersrundeep