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Jun232014

BADP Co-Director, Poonam Dreyfus-Pai, Bids Farewell 

Dear Friend,
I hope this message finds you well, and that you're enjoying your summer!
It’s with a bittersweet feeling that I am writing to you today; after two and half years,  I will be stepping down from the position of Bay Area Doula Project co-director on June 30th. When I moved to the Bay Area in the summer of 2011, I was fresh out of a volunteer stint with the Doula Project in New York, where I’d provided abortion doula support for 2 years. I was excited about the prospect of continuing that work here, and finding ways to connect to the larger full-spectrum and reproductive health, rights, and justice communities here. Little did I know that not only would I connect to these individuals and organizations, but that I would truly find a home among them. 

The leaders of the Bay Area Doula Project welcomed me, in typical doula fashion, with warm and open arms. They connected me to a growing group of brilliant and compassionate people who were eager to support folks through the range of pregnancy experiences. In early 2012, when I took on the position of co-director, I had no idea what shape BADP would take, or what role we would fill in the larger movement, but I knew that the energy and commitment of our volunteers would ensure that the organization would not only grow, but thrive. 

Today, BADP is known for our work to provide both in-clinic and at-home support for people having abortions throughout the greater Bay Area. We are known for our collaborative partnership with ACCESS Women’s Health Justice, through which we have been able to meet pregnant people where they are, and provide them with comprehensive, practical support. We are known for our holistic, justice-oriented abortion doula trainings, which provide people with the tools and skills to support others through abortions. We are known for our engaging and interactive Salon Series events, in which we facilitate monthly dialogues about midwifery, full-spectrum work, sex and sexual health, reproductive health policy, and reproductive justice alongside leaders in these fields. We are known for our dynamic social media presence, which allows us to contribute to and participate in important conversations about reproductive health, rights, and justice.  And we are known for the bridges we have built, across states, with other grassroots organizations and full-spectrum groups who are committed to reproductive justice. In true full-spectrum spirit, we work to break down silos and stigma by fostering compassionate connection. 

I am so grateful for the opportunities that BADP has given me to participate in this work. And I have always believed that good leadership means making room for new leadership, and creating multiple opportunities for people to continue learning, growing, and leading. So today, I am not only talking the talk, but walking the walk -- it is time for BADP to experience new and inspired leadership, and for me to move on to other work. I will continue to be a fervent supporter of BADP, and hope to remain connected to this work through other venues. And on July 1st, when we formally introduce our new co-directors Amber Bell and Daina Dickman, who will lead alongside current co-director Liz Donnelly, I hope you will join me in congratulating them, and wishing them well as they carry out their innovative and inspiring visions for BADP’s future.  

Thank you to all of you for your support of me and of BADP. I know that our paths will continue to cross, so I look forward to seeing and working with you soon! 


With love and gratitude, 
Poonam Dreyfus-Pai




P.S. We hope that you'll join us for our June Salon Series, Racism & Disparities in Reproductive Care on Tuesday, June 24th from 7-9PM! Click here to RSVP

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