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. Last week I introduced myself, since I’ve been making most of the blog posts here without having done so. This time I want to introduce you to Kelly Nichols who’s joining me in managing the blog. Watch this space for upcoming profiles of lots of other BADP doulas.
Kelly Nichols is an educator and aspiring nurse practitioner who dreams of one day opening a free clinic where allopathic and holistic health modalities can coexist. After graduating from Brown University in 2009 with a degree in Environmental Studies, she spent a year apprenticing with herbalist Mary Blue at Farmacy Herbs, in Providence, RI. A trained birth doula, she is passionate about justice across the spectrum of reproductive choices, from abortion access to childbirth options.
Kelly is a contributing editor of The Provider Project, a blog dedicated to reproductive justice and exploring wellness as a multidimensional state which encompasses not only an individual’s physical, emotional, and mental health but also interpersonal respect and support and community self-sufficiency and resilience.
Kelly currently lives with her partner in San Francisco, CA and works as a school garden educator, teaching urban elementary school students about ecology, nutrition, and food justice. She is interested in exploring the many dimensions of healing, the social and political elements of wellness, and the history of popular health movements.
Working toward a world in which people of all identities & families of all kinds have support in all their health care needs, with a specific focus on abortion