Meet the doulas: Renee Bracey Sherman

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. Here’s Renee Bracey Sherman, who manages the BADP’s Facebook and Twitter pages and helps to plan the Salon Series events.


Renee Bracey Sherman is from Chicago, Illinois where she graduated from Northeastern Illinois University, studying economics and sociology. Renee found a passion in working to break down barriers of multiple oppressions that women/people of color/LGBT/low income/immigrant folks face each day by sharing stories. After six years of silence, Renee decided to speak out about her abortion experience and share her story with others – which she found to be healing for herself.

Reneehas spoken about her abortion experience and her choice to share her story on panels for Exhale and the BBC Radio’s Newshour. She hopes that by sharing her personal abortion experience, she can help move the conversation past partisan lines and to a compassionate and caring level. By day, Renee is a fundraiser for Wikimedia Foundation and in her spare time, she volunteers for ACCESS, and serves on the Board of Directors of Young Nonprofit Professionals Network San Francisco Bay Area Chapter. Renee is excited to be an abortion doula and tweet for Bay Area Doula Project, and to support those accessing abortion in the Bay Area.

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