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Introducing Our Photo Match Program!

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We're so excited about a new partnership with photographer Seze Devres! We're committed to supporting positive birth experiences for all people, and documenting the first days and weeks of their child's life is a big priority for many new parents. However, many families are unable to afford the costs of a professional photographer. Through our new Photo Match Program, we're offering an opportunity for mothers to support mothers. In partnership with Seze Devres Photography, new parents can purchase infant photo shoots for their own family as well as the family of a Doula Project client. For more information, check out our Photo Match form here.

Photos by Seze Devres

Last Updated ( Sunday, 15 December 2013 21:51 )
 

2013 Annual Appeal

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Dear Friends and Supporters,

Last year, The Doula Project was named as one of the best non-profit organizations to donate to in The Nation magazine. That’s because since 2007, we have provided full-spectrum doula care to over 10,000 people in the New York City area, free of charge. In addition to providing free birth doula services to people who are not in a position to pay for it and to those choosing adoption, our doulas provide the same benefits to people choosing to terminate their pregnancies: pain management and relaxation techniques, information and education about pregnancy, and above all emotional support and empathy. Our ongoing partnerships with clinics and hospitals allow us to provide an entirely innovative service model.

Traditional doula services are often inaccessible to the people who need them most: low-income people and people without existing support structures. By partnering directly with health care providers, we become part of the clinic structure, seamlessly integrating support into our clients’ experiences regardless of the outcome of their pregnancy. In 2013, we directly supported over 3,500 people choosing abortion or experiencing fetal loss and over 50 births. We have plans to continue to grow our existing relationships and to partner with new locations in the New York City Area.

We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished in the last seven years and we look forward to what the future brings! We need your help to do that. Your contributions are needed for ongoing training of doulas locally and nationally, expansion of our local NYC doula services to reach even more low-income clients, and stipends to pay our doulas for their critical services. The Doula Project is supported entirely by individual donations from people like you who believe that all women should have the support they need during their pregnancies. We believe that the work we do continues to be the number one reason to once again be considered one of the best-non- profit organizations to donate to in 2013!

The Doula Project is a 501C3, not-for-profit organization. Your donation is 100% tax-deductible. You can donate online or send checks payable to The Doula Project, PO Box 5172, Astoria, NY 11105

Thank you from all of us!

 

Celebrating The Doula Project: Our 2013 Benefit!

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The Doula Project has a lot to celebrate this year! Not only have we reached more clients than ever before, we have also reached a new crowd of supporters! Bringing together the arts and activism for one special night,The Doula Project 2013 Benefit on October 3 was filled with performances, art, and music, all in the name of celebrating our clients, donors, and doulas.

Doula Project Founders, Lauren and Mary, kicked off the night's festivities with some highlights of the awesome work the doulas have done over the past 6 years, including reaching over 15,000 pregnant people in the NYC area. This got big cheers from the crowd as all the doulas in the room stood up and raised their hands high. Next came performers Chavisa Woods and The Interior who made profound connections between doula activism and the arts through dramatic readings and modern dancing. DJs Juan and Grant set a romantic mood for the evening with inspired dance music, while Daga+Stan Photography helped create a fun,stylish atmosphere with their cameras. The evening closed with our Silent Auction as supporters walked out with records from Led Er Est, The Weal and Woe, Plow United and The Casualties and art from Caitlin Keegan, Liz Zanis, and Brendan Bliss, to name a few. The Benefit was followed by an intimate after-party at The Panther Room hosted by our friends of Subdivision.

As The Doula Project moves into its seventh year, we feel energized by the support, love, and strength of our donors, allies, and friends. Our goal for this event was to not only raise money for our work, but to celebrate our community, our clients, and our selves.

We can't wait to see you all at the next one! Check out all the event photos at our Facebook page.




Last Updated ( Sunday, 27 October 2013 14:22 )
 

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The Doula Project is an NYC-based organization that provides free compassionate care and emotional, physical, and informational support to people across the spectrum of pregnancy.

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