Informed Birth Choices (IBC) is an organization in the Maryland/DC area that offers childbirth classes and doula services to the community. In May, they held a car seat safety event and fundraiser for Fistula Foundation that raised $250! The following is part of a blog post about the event, reprinted from their website, www.informedbirthchoices.org.
For months, Informed Birth Choices worked to plan an event to encourage car seat safety and raise money for Fistula Foundation. Finally the day had arrived. The weather was perfect for IBC’s New Moms Group to host this awesome outdoor event.
Chloe Chrysanthus, an IBC doula and car seat specialist, volunteered her time to check and properly install infant and toddler car seats for free. Since 8 out of 10 car seats are installed improperly, this was a great service to all the moms who came out. In addition to the car seat check and installation, IBC also asked for donations for Fistula Foundation. People graciously donated baked goods and handmade crafts to sell to raise money. Danielle Koontz, the director of IBC, was hoping to raise around $50 – but to her great surprise, the money collected totaled $250! That amount is over half the average cost of a fistula repair. The IBC car seat check and Fistula Foundation event was a true success and showed that women all over the world can change each other’s lives for the better. Truly this event was a win-win for everyone involved! A BIG thank you to everyone involved! This article originally appeared in Fistula Foundation’s Summer 2014 newsletter.