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Our Charitable Care Program ensures life-saving donor human milk is provided to all infants with a need, regardless of the family’s ability to pay. As one of the only milk banks in the country to offer a Charitable Care Program, we ensure that the sickest and most fragile babies are served and that no baby will be denied care due to a lack of insurance or financial resources.
We’re able to provide this program because of the generosity of individual supporters, business partners, and foundations. 100% of the donations we receive are dedicated to supporting our mission and our lifesaving programs like the Charitable Care Program.
With 17% of all children in Texas and 10% in the U.S. lacking health insurance, we continue to experience a significant need for charitable care. Texas Medicaid only pays a portion of the milk fee for qualified babies so there is still a significant percentage of the fee that is not covered, in addition to any shipping costs.
The necessity for this critical program continues to grow year-after-year. In 2020, we provided approximately $250,000 of charitable care to babies throughout the United States who needed donor milk to survive but whose families did not have the financial resources to cover the costs. Without support, these benefits may run out.
Everyone can be a lifesaver.
Doula Training Scholarship
To decrease health outcome disparities for black mothers and infants through breastfeeding education and support.
We seek to address these disparities by offering:
We are excited to offer scholarships for local individuals of color who wish to train as doulas. The goal of this program is to decrease the health disparities that exist in mothers and babies in the African American community here in Austin by increasing certified doulas of color with an emphasis on breastfeeding knowledge.
Payment for the training course and supporting materials will be paid directly to the education program. A stipend will also be provided to facilitate success while in the program. Scholarships will be valued at up to $1,500, depending on your individual award.
** APPLICATIONS FOR THIS SCHOLARSHIP CLOSE on 3/31/2021; WINNERS WILL BE NOTIFIED by April 9, 2021. **
Email our Breast Milk Equity and Education Program Manager Kristina Garrison-Clark for more information.
We host the first Breastfeeding Circle training as part of our Breastfeeding Equity & Education Program.Learn more