Founded in 2011, the Bay Area Doula Project (BADP) was the first doula project offering ‘full-spectrum’ doula care in Northern California. We are an emerging group of people in the Bay Area who are committed to supporting pregnant people who are choosing abortion, or experiencing pregnancy outcomes other than live birth. Most of us are birth doulas, many of us are postpartum doulas as well. All of us are abortion doulas. We trust individuals to make their own decisions regarding their pregnancies, and offer unconditional support to people in need.
BADP volunteers engage in a number of projects that build the capacity of reproductive health professionals and that foster education and discussion in the community.
We partner with ACCESS Women’s Health Justice to train their practical support volunteers to provide waiting room support during in-clinic abortion procedures, and to offer in-home support for people having medication abortions.
BADP offers abortion doula trainings that are open to the public. All trainings include a grounding in the reproductive justice model, overviews of abortion procedures, hands-on comfort and pain-management techniques, and exercises in values clarification and myth-busting. Click here for details about our next training!
BADP uses its social media presence to generate conversation about sexual and reproductive health, and to connect with a network of full-spectrum doula groups and the larger reproductive justice movement. Join the discussion by reading our Blog, liking us on Facebook, or following us on Twitter!
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