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Welcome, new co-directors!

Dear Friend, 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 […]

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We Will Not Yield: A Texan’s Reflections on HB2, the Filibuster, and the Unruly Mob

By Jana Thompson A year ago today, I was ill and in bed with a fever.  I checked my Facebook account randomly and noticed that my best friend’s mom was at the Texas State Capitol for Senator Davis’ filibuster on House Bill 2.  Afterwards, I checked Twitter and realized it was more than just a […]

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

By Poonam Dreyfus-Pai 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 […]

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June Salon Series: Racism & Disparities in Reproductive Care

Join us for June’s Salon Series as both Laura Marina Perez, CPM, LM and Jyesha Wren, current Nurse Midwifery student at UCSF, discuss race, inclusion and health disparities in reproductive care.                                              Racism & Disparities in […]

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“I’m So Happy”

By: Vanessa Norton, BADP Volunteer “I’m so happy.” These are the first words Q said to me yesterday, after having an abortion. I know this is not the only response–and I heard others while I was there–but the person I supported yesterday at the Women’s Options Center at SFGH was no less than gleeful. I’d […]

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Self Care: Eat Your Nettles

By Vanessa Norton, BADP Volunteer This past Sunday, I (along with Lucy French and Megan Messinger) shared a practical support story to a group of new ACCESS volunteers. While I was speaking, I realized that I felt I wasn’t getting across the sense that, despite some of the hard facts of this story, everything really […]

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National Full-Spectrum Network Website is Live!

After several months (years, if you think of the history of experiences that has led to the creation of full-spectrum doulas!) of thinking, feeling, and acting, the Full-Spectrum Reproductive Support Network website (http://reproductivesupport.org/) is “live.” This National Network works to support pregnant people across the spectrum of pregnancy experiences–birth, miscarriage, abortion, and postpartum care. Hooray! As of […]

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Meet the Doulas: Eliana Rubin

Who are the doulas who volunteer with the Bay Area Doula Project?  They’re amazing, diverse people, doing so much great work in the world, it’s hard to believe any of them has time to volunteer with us. We’ve been using this space to introduce you to many of the BADP doulas.  This week, meet Eliana Rubin. Eliana […]

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SFGH Volunteer Doulas Say a Wonderful Good-Bye to Monnie

By: Vanessa Norton, BADP Volunteer So many BADP volunteers are or have been volunteers in SFGH’s Volunteer Doula Program that news of RN and Program founder, Monnie Reba Efross’s departure is pertinent to us all. Last week’s SFGH Volunteer Doula Meeting was Monnie’s last, and absolutely one of the most beautiful meetings of any kind I’ve ever […]

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BADP Co-Director, Poonam Dreyfus-Pai, Speaks at the 28th Annual Reproductive Justice Conference

Poonam traveled to Amherst, MA this past April to speak on the opening plenary at the 28th Annual Reproductive Justice Conference, hosted by Civil Liberties and Public Policy (CLPP) program at Hampshire College. CLPP aims to “inspire, educate, train and support new activists and leadership to secure reproductive freedom, justice and sexual rights for everyone.” […]

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