Provide Doula Care To Teen Survivors

by The Firecracker Foundation
Provide Doula Care To Teen Survivors
Aug 26, 2021

"So in love with my baby."

Derrick + Baby Gathering Calendula
Derrick + Baby Gathering Calendula

Maya's birth did not go according to plan.

After months of planning a homebirth, creating a birth plan, attending private Child Birth Education classes, and even meeting with a Lactation Counselor prenatally, everything changed. 

Maya needed an emergency C-section at 41 weeks. 

You made sure that she wasn't alone.

You matched Maya with a doula who had also been a teen parent. They met many times during her pregnancy. She received empowering prenatal care from her midwife and her doula. Even though her birth did not happen in the way she had planned, it wasn’t traumatic or terrible. It was just different. She had this to say about the experience:

"It was not what I planned but super great.”

The care you provide at The Firecracker Foundation goes beyond the birth. Maya is at high risk for postpartum mood disorders so your Lead Midwife, Connie Perkins is keeping a well-trained eye on her progress. Connie and her husband with their new baby tied to his back spent time gathering herbs from the Firecracker garden to prepare an herbal sitz bath for Maya's healing body.

Enjoy the attached wholesome photos! 

Even better, although she originally wanted to breastfeed for just the first day, maybe, Maya is still exclusively breastfeeding at 4 weeks postpartum!

Connie shared these reflections about Maya's progress:

"Maya is doing amazing and navigating her transition to motherhood well.  She reports being “so in love with my baby, I get it now”. 

Maya is just one of six pregnant people currently benefitting from trauma-informed, culturally responsive midwifery care at The Firecracker Foundation. 

Thank you for all you have contributed to the growth and development of this necessary program. None of this would be possible without you. 

With love,

Tashmica Torok

PS - In response to the Covid-19 crisis, Women Strong International has made our funding unrestricted. While we will continue to center the needs of BIPOC youth, we can now extend services to all pregnant and parenting teens and young adults under the age of 24.

Connie holding a bowl of fresh calendula
Connie holding a bowl of fresh calendula
Dried herbs for sitz bath
Dried herbs for sitz bath


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The Firecracker Foundation

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