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The Our Miracle Child Grant Application is now LIVE!

The grant application season for the summer of 2022 has officially started! We are accepting applications through late August/early September. The grant will provide one family with up to $10,000 to pay for infertility treatment costs. The grant is available to same-sex and heterosexual married couples who are permanent residents of the United States of America and have an infertility diagnosis.

At Our Miracle Child, we believe in providing everyone with the opportunity to hold their own miracle child no matter their obstacles, including financial barriers. Please SHARE this opportunity with anyone you know who may be interested in applying for the grant! Simply sharing with a friend may get this news to someone who needs it. It is because of your continued support that we can extend a helping hand to struggling families to provide support and remind them that they are not alone.

Visit our “Applying For A Grant” page on the Our Miracle Child website to learn about the application process. Email us at helplight@ourmiraclechild.com if you have any questions!

Happy Anniversary!

It’s Your Anniversary 

God blessed you, Our Miracle Child Foundation, one year ago today to embark on your journey of touching the lives of so many over this past year. Through your light, men and women opened up and shared their stories with you, and together you built a legacy that will last for generations to come. May you continue to serve the interests of infertility couples on their journey to hold their miracle child. May you continue to help light the way for the reproductive health community and all those in need of a voice, an ear, a resource, a compassionate hand, in the midst of challenging times. You have served them well. And with the help of friends, family, donors, volunteers, changemakers, fellow advocates, you will continue to serve infertility couples and patients until access to equitable reproductive health is obtained for all.   

Today, I pray for blessings over your sister nonprofit, Breaking Blues Inc., founded today, January 7, 2022, as it sets out to reach the children living with depression throughout the country to help them know their full potential and provide them the opportunity to live in peace and joy. As Breaking Blues endeavors to raise money for grants for these children, specifically those living in lower-income communities (rural areas and communities of color), to attend sports and music enrichment programs, may the lives it touches be strengthened by the programs we support. Breaking Blues Inc. is established in the indelible memory of the late Joseph Howard Michael Dawkins and supports designated children’s sports and music enrichment programs, two of Joe’s myriad of talented gifts. 

My husband described himself as a “blue child.” His clinical depression, despite being celebrated as a scholar throughout his formative years and becoming a football and track star, manifested throughout his adult life. Depression among children is on the rise with 3.2% of children aged 3-17 years old (approximately 1.9 million) having been diagnosed with depression (source: CDC). Depression can affect how children interact with others and prevent them from enjoying normal childhood activities such as school, sports, and hobbies. By offering grants to attend these sports and music programs, children living with depression can learn the value of teamwork, discipline, and being focused while having fun. Sports and music enrichment programs can improve a child’s cognitive skills and emotional well-being while staying active and healthy. Studies show that sports and music programs can raise a child’s IQ, college entrance test scores, lower the risk of obesity and heart disease, increase the ability to express emotions, reasoning, and language skills, and give them the opportunity to experience the rewards of team participation. These programs strengthen skills and provide experiences that are so important in childhood development and provide children the necessary tools to succeed in their adult lives.

Inspired by the values of my family

For generations, my family has valued God and stewardship, community, education, entrepreneurship and discipline, measurable results of hard work, youth empowerment, and the joy that comes from helping make a difference in people’s lives which remain important core values in both foundations. Our legacies are enriched by a strong Black and Lumbee heritage. BPD Philanthropies parent holding company will house both The Our Miracle Child Foundation and Breaking Blues Inc. and is committed to honoring generations of my family, past and present, as both foundations bring together our longstanding areas of interest in education, social reform, and improving the lives of those in need. While the focus of each foundation differs, together, both aim to improve the health, education, and overall well-being of those most in need.

With Love.  

Application goes live August 30th!

The application page for the Our Miracle Child grant is GOING LIVE on August 30th at 7 PM! This grant can be used to finance fertility-related treatment and medication costs.

On August 30th, join us for a FACEBOOK LIVESTREAM at 7 PM and an INSTAGRAM LIVE at 8 PM! Please join us to learn more about the application page, the application process and other news! Follow our social media pages linked below and look out for upcoming posts to learn more about the Our Miracle Child grant!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OurMiracleChildFoundation/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ourmiraclechild_/

Remember to save the date for August 30th and share this news with anyone you know who would be interested in applying for our grant! We are so excited to start the application process with you all!

Reading Every Night

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Reviewed in the United States on March 1, 2021

Timing

 

For many, the mark of the new year is a time to set new goals and expectations, and if you subscribe to these new year resolutions and have met them thus far congratulations! Keep going! As the long month of January comes to a close we reflect back and measure how we started off the new year. As we start tomorrow, the beginning of a new month, new day, new chance to start anew, be encouraged to not let anyone make you smaller to fit into their tiny box of you. You are your walk, your smile, your journey–much bigger than that box. Get out and pursue you!

The Value of Your Donation

A close friend of mine asked me to give thought to communicating the value of your donation. Your feedback is very important to me as we build our network so I welcome your insight and suggestions like this one.

After having spent over a decade in the healthcare industry space, the disparities in care between racial groups is an important issue to me. Data shows that the use of fertility diagnostic testing and treatment varies by race. An analysis from the National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG) data showed that among women who reported using medical services to conceive, similar percentages of Black (69%), Hispanic (70%) and White (75%) women received fertility advice. However, less than half (47%) of Black and Hispanic women who sought fertility advice to become pregnant reported receiving infertility testing, compared to 62% of White women. What’s more is even fewer women of color received treatment services. The cost and limited insurance coverage for infertility treatment perhaps makes infertility treatment inaccessible to many people of color who need treatment, but are unable to afford it.

I can recall at least one provider remarking to me that I was very informed and they didn’t have many patients like me. Like me? There are several avenues for fertility assistance like alternatives to IVF such as acupuncture or “fertility diets” but many services, even acupuncture, are out of reach for most people because of cost. The value of your donation is so much more than funding grants. Our Foundation endeavors to better understand the socioeconomic barriers and misconceptions that may discourage women “like me” from seeking fertility assistance.


For more on the data discussed above visit https://www.kff.org/womens-health-policy/issue-brief/coverage-and-use-of-fertility-services-in-the-u-s/

My Favorite Literary Device

Latoya Dawkins
Reverse chronology is one of my favorite literary techniques of storytelling. Did you know that On My Way: Howie the Little Boat Picture Book Series was launched in reverse order? Howie finally finds his way home after many adventures at sea with his friends and best friend Nicy. I’m so excited to see where Howie has been on his journey, the challenges he faced along the way, and how he overcame them before finding his way. Follow as Howie overcomes blue waters and finds sunny days.