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Meet the doulas: Yania

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, meet Yania.


Yania Escobar was born in Uruguay and moved to the United States at the age of thirteen with her mother. While in college, she began to volunteer at the Berkeley Free Clinic as a medic. There, she explored her interest in reproductive health by participating in women and trans shift at the clinic. She was disappointed in the amount of research dedicated to the female reproductive system and lack of agency clients experience in the health system, but excited about the progress that has been made through community organization. Yania was trained by the Bay Area Doula Project as an abortion doula and participated in Backline’s Pregnancy Options 101 in her path to become a full spectrum doula. She is now in massage therapy school and will receive her license in July. She currently works as a Spanish teacher, high school math and science tutor and Capoeira teacher for toddlers. She enjoys training and playing Capoeira, walking dogs at the local shelter and practicing yoga.

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