Provide Doula Care To Teen Survivors

by The Firecracker Foundation
Provide Doula Care To Teen Survivors
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Hands joining together to ingite sparklers.

These are unprecedented times and we are faced with daunting challenges:

How do we preserve healing connections during a pandemic?

How do we create lasting change and healing in a health system that consistently harms Black, brown and indigenous parents?


But YOU are undeterred.

You stepped up and ensured that we can continue the critical work of providing pregnant and parenting teens with holistic healing support. As a result, we’ve been busy...

For parents who are survivors of sexual violence, pregnancy and childbirth can be re-traumatizing. Your midwife, Connie, continues to provide telehealth support for postpartum teens, walking alongside them as survivors and new parents.

You are making healing a reality for young parents across the country. Connie regularly participates in virtual birth chat groups to offer support and guidance to parenting teens. Research demonstrates that young parents and their babies are healthier when young mothers participate in peer support groups that are facilitated by midwives.

Connie is developing a program to provide virtual childbirth education and healthy sex education classes. This will be a safe space for pregnant and parenting teens to heal, build healthy parenting skills, and disrupt intergenerational trauma.


Collectively, you are changing lives.

Thank you.

Erica Dziedzic


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Announcing the expansion to area partners!
Announcing the expansion to area partners!

YOU loved this project into reality with your big generosity.

In 2019, thirteen pregnant and parenting teens had access to reproductive health education, doula services, and labor support. YOU empowered, supported and amplified the voices of young parents.

And now, we are so excited to share that your love has been magnified by WomenStrong International

In urban communities across the United States, black and brown people are dying in pregnancy and childbirth at rates more than three times those of their counterparts. This is compounded by the fact that survivors of sexual violence have a higher risk of experiencing re-traumatization during pregnancy.

YOU are upending these disparities by helping pregnant and parenting teen survivors access reproductive health care at The Firecracker Foundation.

You started this work by believing 13 pregnant and parenting teen survivors deserved more from their community.

Your critical support paired with funding from WomenStrong International will make it possible for more than 100 pregnant and parenting teens to have access to the services they need to have healthy pregnancies, good birthing experiences, trauma-informed care, and more!

YOU are healing generations.

Thank you.

Tashmica Torok

WomenStrong International
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YOU changed lives in 2019.

Right now, 13 pregnant and parenting teen survivors of sexual trauma are supported through TIMED. For example, your midwife and doulas offer a full childbirth education series and a newborn care series. 


YOU make this possible.

  • 128 donors
  • $11,454 contributed by YOU.


But, there is still so much to do...

According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, 113 young women between the ages of 15-19 received no prenatal care prior to giving birth in 2018.

In 2020 TIMED is expanding and accepting pregnant and parenting teen survivors from the tri-county area of mid-Michigan in addition to teen mothers living at Angel House, a residential program for pregnant and parenting teen girls.

Please consider committing to a monthly donation of $10, $25, or $100 so we can continue to support our teens and include new young mothers tomorrow.

THANK YOU for all you do for pregnant and parenting teen survivors of sexual violence. We feel your love.


With much gratitude,

Erica Dziedzic

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You have a lot to celebrate.


You are a community of 123 donors and YOU raised $11,419 in donations.


Because of YOU 17 pregnant and parenting teens at Angel House have access to monthly birthchats with a certified midwife and access to a doula and midwife for prenatal and labor/delivery care. Every week Connie, your midwife, checks in with all of the teens at Angel House. The teens enjoy these moments with Connie and always say they want to interact with her more often.


At the beginning of the summer, you provided a doula for a teen mother during the birth of her baby. You might be wondering: how are mama and baby doing?


Mama and her doula have developed a special bond; mama lights up every time her doula stops by for a visit. Your midwife continuously supports mama as she parents her newborn and works toward a healthy space where she can regain custody of her older child. Through it all, mama takes pride in her birth experience: the challenges, the beauty, all of it.


This is how it should always be: mothers lovingly supported by attentive caretakers as they bring their babies into the world.


But, unfortunately, it is not.


According to the Michigan Department of Community Health, in 2017 a combined 220 teens between the ages of 15 - 19 gave birth to babies in Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham counties. We clearly have more work to do to support young mothers.


With your continued support we can:

  • Conduct comprehensive sex education classes at Angel House.
  • Have childbirth education courses for the newest group of pregnant teens.


Please consider committing to a monthly donation of $10, $25, or $100 so we can continue to support our teens and include new young mothers tomorrow.


“Sometimes the bravest and most important thing you can do is just show up.”

-Brené Brown


Thank you for showing up.

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You have so much to be proud of.

You supported the launch of the Trauma-Informed Midwifery, Education, and Doula Project in partnership with Angel House.

You even secured The Firecracker Foundation a spot amongst GlobalGiving's projects!

Because of YOU, we estimate that 50 teens will have access to prenatal and postpartum care through the TIMED Program at Angel House.

All of them will be under the age of 18.

Here's what's happened so far...

  • We've hosted 3 Birth Chats where new and expecting parents are asking their biggest questions.
  • For an hour every week your Midwife, Connie hosts a Nurturing Hour to check in on all babies, expectant and postpartum parents. 
  • You provided a Doula to the first teen enrolled in this program and it resulted in a safe and supported birth. 

That's right. You've caught your first baby. 

You're amazing!

And, yet. 

According to Kids Count Data, 335 mothers living in the tri-county area of Mid-Michigan gave birth to children with late or no prenatal care in 2016.  

As a matter of fact, it is estimated that 80% of those 335 mothers were under the age of 20

These numbers are stark and impress upon us the urgency of the work you are doing to improve the reproductive health of birthing people.

You know there are hundreds of teens who would benefit from your generous support that live in the community and no one is better poised than you to make a profound difference in their lives.

So far, 123 donors (that's YOU again) have raised $10,999.03

Please consider committing to a monthly donation of $10, $25, or $100 today so that we can plan to serve more teens tomorrow. 

Thank you for all you do today, tomorrow, and in the future for pregnant and parenting teen survivors of sexual violence. 


Tashmica Torok


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Location: Holt, MI - USA
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Project Leader:
Tashmica Torok
Holt, MI United States
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