#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller


Jamie Smith*, 27, of Barstow, CA

When Jamie Smith was pregnant with her daughter, she felt ill on a daily basis, lost 30 pounds and felt she was not receiving the support she needed from her doctor. After her five-month mark, Smith tried a different route—a midwife practice. She said her pregnancy experience turned around the moment she stepped into the office.

It is because of her experience that Smith decided to become a midwife nurse herself.

“I don’t know what I would have done if I hadn’t found my midwives,” she said. “I felt like I was coasting, but now that I’ve had my baby, I’ve figured it out. This is what I should be doing.”

Leyn will be using her funds to provide childcare for her daughter while she attends class at Barstow Community College.

Shavon Parker, 28, of Blue Island, Ill. Shavon Parker certainly has a lot on her plate. Not only is she a single mother of two young girls, 7 years and 16 months old, but she also teaches Pre-K classes full time and maintains a 3.1 GPA at DePaul University.

After getting her Bachelor’s degree from DePaul, she hopes to go into a Master’s program. Ultimately, she wants to become a public school teacher in an inner city school district.

“I’ve always been the type of girl to try to help people on a positive level,” she said of wanting to become a teacher.

She will use her funds to pay the tuition and books for her remaining classes.

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