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Tuesday
Apr082014

Meet the Doulas: Angelique Saavedra

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 Angelique Saavedra.

Angelique is a birth mother who is passionate about reproductive justice. Inspired by her own pregnancy and adoption journey, Angelique is committed to creating a world where all people with experiences across the reproductive spectrum are able to receive non-judgmental and compassionate care. She is currently a volunteer with the Bay Area Doula Project supporting the coordination of monthly events and additionally volunteers as a Post Abortion Talkline counselor. She received a BA in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley and studied International Development at the University of Oxford's Exeter College.

Thursday
Feb272014

Meet the Doulas: Jenny McKenzie

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 Jenny McKenzie.

Jenny McKenzie has a bachelors degree in Anthropology and Spanish from Willamette University and is a domestic violence advocate at the Riley Center of St. Vincent de Paul Society in San Francisco.  Prior to that she was an advocate at Volunteers of America Home Free in Portland, Oregon and spent a year researching international productions of the Vagina Monologues.
 
Volunteering with Planned Parenthood as an abortion patient advocate taught her not only about the importance and joy in providing support, but what wonderful people are drawn to do this work. Passionate about feminism, anti-violence work and reproductive rights, she is also a firm believer in healthfully doing trauma work, and practices self-care with photography, popcorn and hot sauce, Pt. Isabel trips with the fur-ball, hiking in the hills of Berkeley, soul-friends & dancing it out. Her photography can be found at Laughing Lens Photography (also on Facebook).
Thursday
Feb202014

Meet the Doulas: Amber Bell

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 Amber Bell.


Amber 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. Amber currently works as a perinatal health educator and full spectrum doula. She is also a volunteer with the  Bay Area Doula Project where she works to coordinate monthly events on Reproductive Health. Amber also works as a Sex Ed teacher for middle schoolers at her local Unitarian Universalist church in Oakland.

Thursday
Jan302014

Meet the Doulas: Lucy French

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 Lucy French.

Lucy French is a full spectrum doula with immense respect for the efforts of the reproductive justice movement. She feels deeply passionate about women supporting each other throughout any kind of pregnancy outcome, and believes that the world will be a far better place as women gain more and more choice in their reproductive experiences. She feels honored to be a part of the BADP/ACCESS team and loves helping to co-coordinate our monthly Salon Series on Reproductive Health.

A native of New Hampshire, Lucy started making her way west in 2006 and received a B.A. in Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis in 2010. She credits an undergraduate women’s health class as a big source of inspiration for pursuing birth work once she landed in the Bay Area. Lucy currently works as a birth doula & absolutely loves accompanying moms, dads, couples, and families in a non-medical support role as they go through such a profoundly transformational process. Aside from pregnancy-related pursuits, Lucy also works at a middle school in Oakland and provides one-on-one academic & organizational support to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders.

Lucy resides in Oakland and spends her spare time cooking, exploring the East Bay on her bicycle, and planning as many escapes to the countryside as possible. Her heart has a soft spot for the Southwest and she dreams about owning land in New Mexico one day.

Thursday
Nov212013

Meet the Doulas: Vanessa Norton

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 Vanessa Norton.

Vanessa is a full-spectrum doula and freelance writer originally from Buffalo, NY. She is thrilled to work with BADP/ACCESS and sees this work as powerful and personally transformative.

She was introduced to reproductive justice as a high school senior in 1992. As an ACT UP activist, she took part in organizing the local community to successfully defend its clinics against Operation Rescue. For the following 3 years, she worked in clinic defense in Detroit and elsewhere around the country. She has since completed a BA in Anthropology/Gender Studies from Bard College, an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Oregon, published several short stories, and spent years teaching English and Applied Arts abroad. In 2012, she became a certified birth and postpartum doula through Cornerstone Doula Trainings and fell in love all over again with the world of reproductive justice.

She often travels outside the Bay Area to research the places she writes about. This past summer, she spent a week in Fargo, North Dakota, where she interviewed local people working the full-spectrum of reproductive options: the director and workers at the Red River Women's [abortion] Clinic, birth doulas, midwives, and community members who publicly support the patients at the clinic through creative projects.