It is fantastic that you’re fundraising for The Doula Association Pay it Forward Program
The money raised will go to providing doula support for people accessing the Pay it Forward Program who meet our criteria. We are aiming to provide the following: Fundraisers like you play a crucial part in our work, so we want to do whatever we can to support you. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions we get about fundraising for The Doula Association PIFP. If you still have a question about fundraising for us, please do get in touch by email: email@example.com
Questions about organising an event
Can I have TDA PIFP -branded materials like collection tins and posters? We have fundraising materials on our fundraising page that you can download and use yourself. You can download and make our logo or symbol into stickers to put on tins or buckets.
How do I make sure my event is safe and legal? You can find out about health and safety issues and any insurance that you may need, and how to keep your fundraising legal.
Questions about support from TDA PIFP
Can TDA promote my fundraising event? Yes, please contact us to let us know about your event. We can promote on our Instagram and Facebook pages. You can also read our information page on promoting your fundraising event with local media, local radio station and social media.
How do I explain what TDA PIFP does? Our values as an organisation are:Reliability, accountability, integrity,community, andrespect. We believe all women and birthing people should be treated with integrity and respect and have support at this transitional time in their lives.Doula support has been shown in may studies to improve outcomes for babies and birthing people, with positive impacts on breastfeeding rates and mental health.In accordance with ourOperational Team Position Statement on Bias in Perinatal Services, we haveset up The Doula Association Pay It ForwardProgram,togive opportunity forpeople who would like doula support for their birth or postnatal period,to be able to access this,where their own means do not allow.In 2019, BirthRights and Birth Companions published ‘Holding it all together’ which found that many womenfacingmultiple disadvantage experience care that fails to respect their rightsto choiceand consent, to dignity and respect, and to equality of treatment. The research found that the experiences of women who were asylum seekers are often worse still.The MBRRACE 2020 reportstated“There remains a more than four-fold difference in maternal mortality rates amongst women from Black ethnic back-grounds and an almost two-fold difference amongst women from Asian ethnic backgrounds compared to white women, emphasising the need for a continued focus on action to address these disparities.”
We believe that doula services should not be a privilege and the barriers to accessing doula services must be removed.Change is overdue and we are committed to working with our colleagues in perinatal services to make it better for all. Reviews of voluntary sector projects across the UK providing doula support that is free at the point of delivery suggest that they can improve birth experience and psychosocial outcomes for disadvantaged women, particularly those who may not find it easy to engage with statutory services.This quote from the Happy Baby Community Birth Companion Pilot makes it very clear how invaluable doula support can be:
“The voices of women in this evaluation who did not receive doula support echo what we heard in researching Holding it all together. In both projects, women talk about being left alone at times that frightened them and being unable to access language support and interpretation. Women describe not even knowing that they were able to make choices in their care, let alone being supported to make the choices that were right for them. Their experiences make distressing reading.It does not have to be this way. This excellent report shows that providing doula support hugely improves women’s experience of care at a uniquely vulnerable time. I was particularly struck by the sense of safety that birth companions bring to women. Doulas support women to feel safe, but also to be safe, by empowering women to ask for help when they needed it. They provide much-needed practical and emotional support. They support women to understand their care and to make choices about what is right for their care and their bodies; something that is particularly important for women with a history of trauma”.
Please consider donating and changing a family’s life for the better from the very beginning, we can help to build strong, positive foundations.Donations to the fund will help to provide doula support to people who are unable to fund their own doula. Doulas have been shown in multiplestudies to improve both short and long term maternal and birthing people and neonatal outcomes, both physically and mentallywhich have long ranging impacts on not only the family butsociety as a whole.
Can someone from TDA come to speak at my event? If we possibly can, we would love to support you in any way. If one of our Operational Team cannot come to your fundraising event, we are happy to provide a statement that you can read thanking everyone for their hard work and explaining how the money and donations will be spent. To receive a statement, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions about collecting and sending in money
What's the best way to collect money and donations for a sponsored event? Go to JustGiving and follow the instructions to set up a crowdfunding page. You can go to our fundraising page for ideas of how to fill in the details needed to set up a crodfunding page.
If you do not have online banking, you can send a personal cheque to: PAY IT FORWARD PROGRAM And post to: Kicki Hansard, 75 Kindersley Way Abbots Langley, Hertfordshire, WD5 0DG, UK
How do I know that my money and donations have reached you? If you are sending us a donation, please email email@example.com and let us know so that we can thank you. Your help is very much appreciate: firstname.lastname@example.org
Can I claim Gift Aid on the money I raise? Unfortunately we do not have charitable status, so Gift Aid cannot be claimed. We are not a charity.
Can I have a letter of authorisation to collect money for TDA PIFP? A letter of authorisation outlines that you or your event is an official TDA PIFP fundraising event. You may need a letter like this if you plan to do a street collection. Email email@example.com and tell us your name, address and what you are doing to fundraise so we can send out the letter to you: firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions about how money is spent
How will the money we have raised be used? The money raised will go to providing doula support for people accessing the Pay it Forward Program who meet our criteria. We are aiming to provide the following:
Antenatal doula support
Antenatal Hypnobirthing eduction
Help with forming a birth plan and understanding birthrights and informed decision making about care
One-to-One continuous, in-person labour support
Support with feeding
Post-natal visit and help answering feeding and other infant care questions
Post-natal doula support
Virtual or phone support where in-person doula support is not possible
Help finding follow up support groups and organisations
Subsidised and funded learning opportunities for people from disadvantaged backgrounds, to become fully trained and supported doulas and members of The Doula Association, in partnership with The Birth Bliss Academy and The Doula Directory.
Can I donate the money I raise to a particular project? If you feel particularly passionate about a specific area of the project, you can request that the funds you have raised are restricted. For example to Postnatal Doula Support, Birth Doula Support or Doula Education. If you are happy for the funds to be spent where they are most needed in that moment, please donate them as unrestricted.