I have had a long transforming history with the Birthing Project USA. In 2002, I was in the middle of training for my career, when I discovered that I was going to be a mom for the first time. Those first moments were incredibly scary--I was far from home with no (biological) familiar support; I didn't know if this pregnancy would mean the end of my career as I envisioned it; I didn't exactly have the means to even support the pregnancy either.
I had so many mixed emotions, questions, and just needed some guidance. I met this wonderful, inspiring woman, Mama Katt (we call her), the founder of BPUSA, who reminded me that it was okay to be happy in and enjoy my pregnancy. She reminded me that I had a community (really family) of women, which consisted of herself and SisterFriends, who were there to love on me and support me throughout my pregnancy and my journey of motherhood. She reassured me that they would be right by my side to support me. And they were! That love and support did wonders for me and is what inspired me to give back to women who were and are just like me.
In time, I became a donor. Then, I became an Ambassador for BPUSA's safe birth kits. These kits were designed to help women (all over the world) have access to clean supplies to have healthy deliveries. Now, my hope is take on a new role by starting a branch of the Birthing Project USA in my community of the South Bronx, NY and pour into the women of my community as the women of BPUSA have poured love and support into me.
My daughter, Delilah Christina, is almost 15 years old . She is the most intelligent, beautiful, amazing, fierce, diva-licious, autistic young lady that I know. And I truly don't know if we would have made it this far without the love and support of my SisterFriends and BPUSA. It is by far the best nonprofit, not just in these parts but around the world.