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#GivingTuesday Campaign for Doula Care


We are gearing up for our Giving Tuesday Campaign and looking for your help. This year, we are addressing the maternal health crisis in the US by fundraising to provide no cost Doula Care for women in our community.

Moms are dying at the highest rate in the developed world – and the rate is rising. For as dire as the situation is for all birthing people, the crisis is most severe for Black moms, who are dying at 3 to 4 times the rate of their white counterparts. One study found that in New York City, Hispanic birthing people experienced sever maternal morbidity at 1.8 times the rate of non-Hispanic white birth people.

Research shows a wide range of community-based approaches such as doula services, improve health outcomes and patient’s experiences, while also potentially reducing costs. Such approaches could benefit those most at risk of poor outcomes, particularly people of color and those with low income.

Having doula services readily available for women in our community, at no cost, breaks through both financial and social barriers that can make this experience overwhelming and isolating. Together, we can make an impact.

Ways You Can Get Involved

You can support our Giving Tuesday Campaign for Doula Care in many ways - now through Giving Tuesday on November 30th.

  • Become a Crowdfunding Ambassador
    Create your own personal crowdfunding page. Contact Alicia Gonzalez, Development Coordinator for specific details at (718)-869-8058 or agonzalez@ehs.org.
  • Share on Social Media
    Share our Social Media Posts about #GivingTuesday on your social media pages.
  • Post an un-selfie to tell your friends why you support us!
    An un-selfie is just like a selfie, but with a generous twist. Take a photo of yourself holding a poster that tells your followers who you are supporting for #GivingTuesday and in your caption explain why.
  • Make a Donation
    To donate online today, visit ehs.org/DoulaCare

You can learn more about doula care by watching this video. To see what is being done to address the maternal health crisis in American or to get involved, visit https://blackmaternalhealthcaucus-underwood.house.gov/Momnibus.

As always, we thank you for your continued support. If you have any questions about our Giving Tuesday Campaign for Doula Care, please feel free to contact Alicia Gonzalez at agonzalez@ehs.org or (718) 869-8058.


Together, we give! Read about our crowdfunding ambassadors below.

Renee Hastick-Motes

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This Giving Tuesday, I invite you to help St. John's Episcopal Hospital address the maternal health crisis by supporting our Crowdfund for Doula Care. A doula is a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a mother before, during and shortly after childbirth to help her achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible. Having doula care readily available for women in our community, at no cost, breaks through both financial and social barriers. Equity-centered approaches to maternity care may also help to reduce maternal health outcomes. Please support Doula Care at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, by making a donation today. Your support will not only help provide these potentially lifesaving services at no cost but it will also get us one step closer to maternal health equity for all.
Renee Hastick-Motes, Vice President of External AffairsDonate to Renee's Crowdfund

Joe Caraccia

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St. John's Episcopal Hospital and its community is very near and dear to the hearts of Jzanus and me! We have been partners with EHS for over 25 years, assisting the people in the community and helping to achieve the hospital's mission. We are proud to support the Crowdfund for Doula Care and are asking all of our friends and families to get behind us and make this dream a reality. Thank you in advance for your support! - Joe Caraccia, Senior Executive VP at Jzanus, Ltd. Donate to Joe's Crowdfund

Deborah Mackler-Gordon

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As a team member of St. John's, I believe the patients at St. John's would benefit from Doula Care. Research shows a wide range of community-based approaches improve health outcomes and patients’ experiences, while also potentially reducing costs. Such approaches could especially benefit those most at risk of poor outcomes, particularly people of color and those with low income.
Deborah Mackler-Gordon, Director of Construction Project Management
Donate to Deborah's Crowdfund

Sheryl Edwards

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I have been involved in several fundraising events for St John’s and have seen first hand the life changing results of funds raised for these causes. Doula care is essential for expectant women living in low-income communities and can really benefit from the guidance and support from someone who is there to personally care for them.
"None of us, including me, ever do great things. But we can all do small things, with great love, and together we can do something wonderful." – Mother Teresa

-Sheryl Edwards, Member of ECW Diocesan Board, Finance Chair & Episcopal Relief Development Representative.Donate to Sheryl's Crowdfund

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