ACCESS Women’s Health Justice and the Bay Area Doula Project are thrilled to announce that we are formalizing our partnership. Our shared passion for making California a leader in truly just reproductive health care makes us natural allies, and our shared commitment to direct service for those most in need of reproductive health services makes us dynamic partners.
Please join us January 29th at the Hope Moving Us Forward Roe V Wade Service to celebrate our new partnership. RSVP and get additional details on Facebook!
As you may know, many ACCESS callers travel long distances alone, sit in a clinic waiting room by themselves, and bravely go through their procedure without someone to hold their hand. This can be for a variety of reasons – their partner might have to stay behind to take care of their children, their supportive friend might need to cover a shift for them at work, or sometimes no one in their network will support them in their decision. With the support of a doula, callers won’t have to go through it alone.
For ACCESS callers who would prefer a medication abortion in their home, we will be able to offer the support of a full spectrum doula who can help callers feel more comfortable, provide emotional support, and hold space with them.
What does this partnership involve?
One phone number to access support related to reproductive services:
The ACCESS practical support network will now include doulas trained by the Bay Area Doula Project. By providing doula services in conjunction with ACCESS’ existing support services, we are broadening the kinds of support available to people seeking support for abortion and other reproductive experiences. We are also increasing accessibility of such support: it takes only one phone call!
Developing and growing the reproductive justice community in the Bay Area:
BADP and ACCESS will continue to train reproductive justice advocates to provide direct, hands-on services where they are most needed. The majority of our trainings will be co-facilitated by both BADP and ACCESS, meaning that those trained will be prepared to provide practical and doula support, work on the healthline and/or advocate for reproductive justice legislation.
By combining volunteer forces we will grow our community and our capacity to serve. Many of our volunteers already work with both organizations; by formalizing our partnership, we make volunteering with both organizations seamless. This will encourage greater participation of our volunteers in the local reproductive justice community, creating a network of fierce advocates for reproductive justice.
Providing a strong model for collaborative efforts nationally:
Our partnership is a strong model of how an reproductive healthline with an abortion fund and a Full Spectrum Doula Project can work together effectively. We are excited about sharing what we learn with other organizations that want to partner in service to their community and to fight for reproductive justice!
Working toward a world in which people of all identities & families of all kinds have support in all their health care needs, with a specific focus on abortion