Since BADP's inception, scores of volunteer doulas have worked tirelessly in partnership with co-directors Poonam Dreyfus-Pai, Holly Carpenter and me to co-create our fierce, committed, and compassionate community in the Bay Area. Today we are so excited to introduce the members of our community who will be joining me as Co-Directors: Amber Bell and Daina Dickman.
Amber and Daina bring with them a wealth of experience in diverse reproductive health settings and a dynamic vision for the future of BADP. I’m so excited to work with them, and you, to continue to build upon our mission of increasing access to nonjudgmental, compassionate, and empowering doula care to individuals across the full spectrum of their reproductive experiences.
Check out their bios below, and please say hi and welcome them to their new role the next time you see them out and about!
Amber Bell is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer of Guatemala, where she spent two years working in public health. While there she also established and coordinated local women's groups with a focus on reproductive health. She also spent time working as the HIV/AIDS regional representative to volunteers providing support in advanced HIV education and prevention activities. She currently works as a perinatal health educator at Petaluma Health Center and as a full spectrum doula. Amber also works as a Sex Ed teacher for middle-schoolers at her local Unitarian Universalist church in Oakland.
On how full-spectrum work resonates with her, Amber says, "When I started working as a birth doula in the Bay Area, I felt like there was a huge piece of the puzzle missing. I loved being able to support women through their births, but I knew there were so many more important parts to an individual's reproductive experiences. Full-spectrum work excites me because it fills in those missing pieces, it recognizes and values the wide range of experiences an individual can go through."
Daina Dickman is a librarian and reproductive justice activist. In addition to her work on Bay Area Doula Project's training team, she volunteers as a practical support volunteer with ACCESS, an HIV/STD Test Counselor for Magnet, a clinic of San Francisco AIDS Foundation, and is an organizer of Bay Area Ladyfest, a performance and activism festival for women, trans, and gender non-comforming people. She has a BA in Political Science and English from U.C. Berkeley, an MA in Comparative Studies from Ohio State University, and a MLIS from San Jose State University. Originally from rural Ohio, Daina began her reproductive justice work on the Central Ohio Abortion Access hotline. She has called the Bay Area home since 1999 and has volunteered in the past for Women's Community Clinic and Lyon-Martin Health Services. She is passionate about enabling access to culturally competent and non-judgmental healthcare for all people. In her free time she enjoys reading, riding her bike, travelling, and playing pinball.
On how she would like to see BADP grow in the coming year, Daina says, "I am excited to see Bay Area Doula Project expand our partnership with ACCESS to provide seamless care for people choosing abortions. I believe it will increase the number of clients BADP provides services for and help more people learn about full-spectrum doulas. I am also invested in making Bay Area Doula Project trainings and events more parent-friendly by creating a plan to provide childcare to those who need it."
Both Daina and Amber voiced love for the community that BADP has been building, both within the organization and through its training and Salon Series work. Building community across the reproductive health, rights, and justice movements, and across different doula and pregnancy support organization, remains a priority for both of them. We hope you are as excited as we are about their talent, vision, and commitment! Welcome Amber and Daina!