The Doula Project
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Support the Doula Project This Holiday Season!

Dear Supporters,

We are reaching out this holiday season to ask for your help in expanding The Doula Project’s important work. The Doula Project works to create a society in which all pregnant people have access to the care and support they need during their pregnancies and the ability to make healthy decisions for themselves, whether they experience birth, miscarriage, stillbirth, fetal anomaly, or abortion. The funds we raise will directly increase the number of pregnant people we serve and elevate the profile and scope of the Doula Project.

2014 was an incredibly successful year for us that included:

● Partnering with a new public hospital in NYC to provide abortion doulas to pregnant people
● Partnering with a new birth center in NYC to provide birth doulas to pregnant people
● Partnering with a criminal justice organization to provide birth doulas to pregnant people
● Training 25 new full spectrum doulas and a new Board of Directors
● Providing doula support to thousands of pregnant people in NYC

Our spring fundraising campaign was our most successful yet, enabling us to expand full spectrum doula services and develop a more ambitious strategy to support even more pregnant people in the coming year. We are making great strides as an organization but know the landscape for reproductive health care in our country is daunting. The war on reproductive choice makes it increasingly difficult for pregnant people to access the services they need. Your gift this holiday season can help pay for a birth, abortion or adoption doula for clients who are in need of support - you can make a huge difference.

Our services - one-on-one pain management and relaxation guidance, information and education about pregnancy, and, above all, emotional support and empathy - are 100% tax-deductible. You can donate now online at our website or send a check to The Doula Project PO Box 20116, Greeley Square Station, NY NY 10001.

You can also support The Doula Project while you are shopping at Amazon! For eligible purchases, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price. Use this URL to select The Doula Project as your preferred charity and to start shopping.

Be sure to shop at AmazonSmile instead of Amazon to ensure that The Doula Project benefits from the Amazon Foundation.

We wish you and your family a joyful holiday season and a very happy New Year!

Sincerely,

The Doula Project

Become A Full-Spectrum Doula With The Doula Project!

We are recruiting interns and volunteer full-spectrum doulas to become part of the Doula Project!

People who are passionate, caring, and committed are encouraged to apply. Any experience in doula work, reproductive health, rights and justice work, abortion counseling, health service, or personal experiences can be helpful, but isn’t necessary. Many of our best doulas have had no professional experience, but a dedicated attitude and a desire to learn more and be a part of the Doula Project.

We strongly encourage people of color, people with dis/abilities, trans* or genderqueer identified folks (especially transfeminine folks), queer-identified folks, people born outside the USA, Spanish speakers, people living with HIV/AIDS, and people of faith to apply. People with flexible/free weekdays are ideal.

We are accepting applications until November 25, 2014. The mandatory training for new interns and volunteers will be January 10th and 11th from 9am to 5pm and January 13th from 6pm to 9pm. Full application details are below!

Intern With The Doula Project This Fall!

The Doula Project is looking for two fall interns to work with us in both clinical and administrative settings. You'll gain hands-on experience as both a birth and abortion doula and participate directly in the workings of the Project. Interns are a critical and invaluable part of the work we do!

Responsibilities:

-Work in our partner clinics providing full-spectrum doula support to people choosing abortion or experiencing fetal loss
-Work on the labor and delivery floor of one of NYC’s public hospitals to provide birth support
-Provide programmatic and communications support to the project coordinators, including helping organize monthly meetings, sending out scheduling reminders to doulas, updating our website and social networking sites, editing and writing pieces of our training toolkit, and other tasks

Qualifications:

-Previous clinical experience ideal
-Currently a birth doula or willing to seek out training and scholarships with the DP’s assistance
-Strong communication skills
-Capacity to support people facing difficult and emotional situations
-Capacity to work in high-stress, high-endurance settings
-Comfortable working with medical professionals and being exposed to blood and medical procedures
-Comfortable with touching patients/clients and providing physical support measures
-Basic computer skills
-Bilingual candidates strongly preferred

How to apply:

Internships are 20 hours a week. Interns must be available at least three full days per week (Monday–Saturday). Interns should be available Monday afternoons and/or Tuesday afternoons AND all day on Wednesdays and/or all day on Thursdays.

Please write a cover letter that includes a brief personal statement in response to the following questions (limit 100-500 words): What does the phrase “Spectrum of Choice” mean to you? How do you see this phrase as being relevant to being a doula? Please include your availability in your cover letter.

Please also submit a resume highlighting your work in reproductive health, rights, or justice, counseling, social work, doula work, our health services, and two references who would not mind being contacted.

Applications should be submitted to julia[at]doulaproject.org by August 20, 2014. Internships begin in September and are unpaid.

Blk Projek's Not Just Talk Summit

We're thrilled to be participating in Blk Projek's Not Just Talk summit this Saturday, August 2! The event is free but Blk Projek asks that you register here. Join us in celebrating revolutionary community-building with these amazing activists!

New Abortion Diary Podcast!

A new Abortion Diary Podcast is up from DP doula Melissa Madera!

Meet Our Doulas: Melissa Madera

At The Doula Project, we're lucky to work with a fabulous roster of incredible volunteer full-spectrum doulas, and we'll periodically share their work with you here on our blog. First up: an extraordinary project launched by doula Melissa Madera. Melissa is the creator of the Abortion Diary Podcast, an ongoing project that records people telling stories about their abortion experiences. We'll be cross-posting new podcasts here on the Doula Project's blog; you can find previous podcasts at The Abortion Diary Podcast site and find out more via the hashtags #TellYourStoryTuesday and #TYST. Below, Melissa explains the origins of the podcast.

Sharing Our Stories: The Abortion Diary Podcast

This blogpost is a shortened and modified version of a blogpost posted on The Abortion Diary’s blog.

I launched The Abortion Diary Podcast in November 2013, a few months after the idea first entered my mind. Last summer, I felt a very strong need to connect to people with this shared experience. For sixteen years I remained relatively silent about my own abortion experience as a seventeen year old. But I came to realize that I needed to share that experience and that I needed to be surrounded by the stories of others. I needed to listen and know I wasn’t alone.

I searched online for something to read or listen to and share my story with, but I didn’t come across anything that resonated with me. I thought about listening to a podcast that featured abortion stories, but I was surprised to find that there were no audio stories that I could listen to online. A podcast seemed logical to me because I wanted to hear another human being’s voice. I yearned for the kind of connection that only listening offers. Since I couldn’t find a podcast on abortion stories I created one.

The Abortion Diary is a space anyone can access at any time so that people know that they are not alone. Every person’s story is different, and so are people’s feeling and emotions about their own abortion experiences. People may feel joy and relief while also feeling sadness and grief. Too often our experiences are reduced to two minute soundbites. Lost are our personal struggles, real life traumas and the riches of our successes. I am committed to creating a deeply personal space and community of support where we can tell our own stories, and where every story could be told and heard. A space where we can share and honor the fullness of our experiences.

For the past eight months I have been listening to people as they share their abortion stories with me and, with the help of digital media, podcast listeners around the world. As I continue to travel and record stories (over sixty-four so far) I have realized that, like me, people have craved the space to share their stories, to let their stories out, to be listened to, to heal, to share with others and feel connected. I am constantly surprised by people’s bravery, vulnerability and willingness to share.

Every time I am on my way to meet someone and listen to them share their story I have doubts about what I am doing and then I sit down with them and listen as they share and I know why I am there. And this girl with a podcast is humbled and grateful for every moment of it.

these are the stories we share.

Melissa

Melissa Madera is the Founder & Director | Curator | Dedicated Listener | Story-Sharer at The Abortion Diary. She is a multimedia historian, full spectrum doula with The Doula Project, co-creator of The Mother Wit Conference, and CoreAlign Generative Fellow. Melissa is currently on a cross country (and soon worldwide) road trip with the podcast. You can listen to our abortion stories here. To share your story e-mail her at melissa@theabortiondiary.com.

Thank You!

Dear Friends of the Doula Project,

We are so very glad to report that we surpassed our fundraising goal for the Bouquet of Choice Spring Fundraiser - because of your kindness, generosity and support we raised approximately $10,000 through our online campaign and direct donations during the Bouquet of Choice fundraising event!!! We promise to put these funds to work supporting pregnant people across the reproductive spectrum in NYC and expanding access to our amazing doulas.

Thank you for your donations, promoting our work, and spreading the word about The Doula Project. We are incredibly grateful and continuously in awe of our supporters.

Sincerely,

The Doula Project