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Meet the doulas: Heather Sheriff

Who are the doulas who volunteer with the BADP?  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, say hello to Heather.

 

In addition to her day job at the California Department of Public Health, Heather Sheriff is a full-spectrum doula committed to supporting her clients through abortion, miscarriage and childbirth.  Heather believes that these life events can be transformative, even empowering, and she feels honored to be invited into people’s lives to share in such experiences. She dreams that someday the compassionate and unconditional emotional support that doulas provide will be accessible to all who need it. 

 

Her passion for reproductive justice began in college at Wesleyan University, where she used a feminist studies lens to examine the history of abortion provision in America.  Heather’s past volunteer work has included patient support at Planned Parenthood and other community health clinics, advocacy with AIDS awareness organizations, and program support for the homeless healthcare initiative at CHC, Inc.  She currently lives in Berkeley with her partner and their two furry friends.

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