Traveling with Midwife-To-Be to the Dominican Republic: One Doula’s Story

After two years of watching from afar I am ready to travel with Midwife-To-Be on a clinical trip to the Dominican Republic. I am a labor and postpartum doula trained in different birth specialties (I guess that makes me a birth specialist). My role will be to provide birth support and general help in labor and delivery, including donating supplies. Right now I am collecting donations for the women we will be serving, enough to fit into two suitcases 50lbs each. I’m also collecting school supplies and clothing for a local school for Haitian children (in the DR). As I embark on fundraising I’m finding its somewhat a learn as you go process. It doesn’t make sense to host a big fundraiser because there’s a 50/50 chance you will spend more than you earn. I’ve received some good suggestions which I will be reflecting on and implementing as I go along. My website includes a donation button and my wish list. I’ve decided to post the wish list here and as I go along update and perfect the process. So here it goes, here’s my wish list:

Tamara’s Wish List

  • Sterile Gauze 4 x 4
  • Non sterile gloves
  • Bulb syringes
  • Blood pressure cuff
  • Stethoscope
  • Alcohol prep pads
  • Lubricating jelly
  • Sanitary or maternity pad – no thin sanitary pads
  • New and gently used scrubs
  • Receiving blankets
  • Newborn hats
  • Baby clothes 0 – 12
  • Disposable wipes
  • Breast pump
  • Urine test strips
  • Umbilical cord clamps, plastic, sterile
  • Thermometers
  • Two regular sized suitcases – not to be returned
  • Summer children’s clothes
  • Children’s shoes/sandals
  • School supplies
  • Small toys and gifts
  • Plastic cups and bowls
  • Spanish bibles

I’ll soon be adding the cost of the items to the list so that it makes it easier to know how much of a donation is needed for each item. Here’s the good news! I’ve already received my first donation. I think the next thing  I’ll work on is getting the airline to waive the luggage fee. I’ll keep you posted. Pray for me…Pray for us.







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