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W.I.S.E. (Women In Support and Empowerment) Community Doulas

As the first organization of its kind in North Carolina, W.I.S.E. (Women In Support and Empowerment) Community Doulas was formed to provide caring, sensitive, and culturally appropriate doula support, for women of color; who lack the adequate resources needed, to afford doula care.  In case you haven’t heard this term before or are unsure what it means, a doula is a woman who is trained to assist another woman during pregnancy and childbirth.  A doula may also provide support to the family after the baby is born.  This supportive organization believes that everyone deserves access, to doula support during childbirth, especially those from under-served communities, for whom negative disparities in birth outcomes are an unfortunate reality.

 

 

 

 

Karma yoga (Sanskrit: कर्म योग), (also known as Buddhi Yoga) or the “discipline of action” is based on the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita, a sacred Sanskrit scripture of Hinduism. Of the four paths to realization, Karma Yoga is the science of achieving perfection in action. Selfless action and service to others are emphasized in this type of yoga. Karma Yoga is selfless service unto humanity. If you have a favorite charity, that you would like to see Be Yoga feature, please email Michelle Seymour, michelle@beyogaclt.com.

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W.I.S.E Community Doulas

As the first organization of its kind in North Carolina, W.I.S.E. (Women In Support and Empowerment) Community Doulas was formed to provide caring, sensitive, and culturally appropriate doula support, for women of color; who lack the adequate resources needed, to afford doula care.  In case you haven’t heard this term before or are unsure what it means, a doula is a woman who is trained to assist another woman during pregnancy and childbirth.  A doula may also provide support to the family after the baby is born.  This supportive organization believes that everyone deserves access, to doula support during childbirth, especially those from under-served communities, for whom negative disparities in birth outcomes are an unfortunate reality.

Happy Autumn!  We hope everyone enjoyed a relaxing, fun summer and found time to get to the pool, build sandcastles, and enjoy the “warm” weather.  It was a hot one this year!  September and October are fantastic months full of soon-to-be cool days and colorful leaves to inspire your practice, as well as time to head back to school.  Our latest karma partner gets involved well before school years though, and focuses on helping expecting mothers in under-served communities.

As the first organization of its kind in North Carolina, W.I.S.E. (Women In Support and Empowerment) Community Doulas was formed to provide caring, sensitive, and culturally appropriate doula support, for women of color; who lack the adequate resources needed, to afford doula care.  In case you haven’t heard this term before or are unsure what it means, a doula is a woman who is trained to assist another woman during pregnancy and childbirth.  A doula may also provide support to the family after the baby is born.  This supportive organization believes that everyone deserves access, to doula support during childbirth, especially those from under-served communities, for whom negative disparities in birth outcomes are an unfortunate reality. W.I.S.E. Community Doulas was formed to provide these communities with free and sliding scale access to full-spectrum doula care. Their doulas are trained to provide informational, emotional and physical support during labor, birth and the postpartum period.  These services are important because doula care has been found to improve birth outcomes and reduce health disparities. Substantial evidence demonstrates that doula support increases the likelihood of safer, healthier, and more satisfying birth experiences.

W.I.S.E Community Doulas mainly serves low income pregnant people and teens in Charlotte who live in areas marked by low socioeconomic status and are unable to pay for doula services due to financial barriers. We serve families of color who are living below the poverty level, pregnant people in homeless and domestic violence shelters, pregnant people who are unemployed or on Medicaid and/or disability, and pregnant people with little personal and/or financial support.

W.I.S.E Community Doulas is working towards applying for 501(c)(3) non-profit status.  Among other things, donations help establish relationships with clinics and health facilities in the Charlotte area, offer trainings for those interested in becoming community doulas, and provide stipends to volunteer doulas.

For more information, go to their website at http://wisecommunitydoulas.wixsite.com/wisecommunitydoulas

Maybe you are inspired to support W.I.S.E Community Doulas – want to know how you can help?  Here’s how you can get involved:

Donation Classes – TBD.  Karma yoga classes are just $5.  Additional donations will also be accepted.

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