Full Spectrum Doula
What are Full Spectrum Doula’s?
Full spectrum doula’s are people who assist a pregnant person through whatever outcome they choose, be it birth, or abortion.
According to the Doula Project, the first volunteer organization to provide birth and abortion services;
Birth: A Birth Doula provides all of the above throughout a pregnant person’s labor and delivery, as well as the immediate post-partum period, about two hours after the baby has been born. Additionally, a birth doula provides guidance in the creation of a birth plan and prenatal and post-partum visits. Birth doulas generally have an on-call period of about 3 weeks based on their client’s due date.
Abortion: An Abortion Doula provides all of the above to pregnant people who are choosing to terminate their pregnancies or have miscarried or experienced fetal loss. Doulas stay with their clients throughout their procedures, as well as part of the recovery period, and remain in touch with their clients as they desire thereafter.
The doulas who volunteer with The Doula Project work to add essential components to health care that tend to be missing: community, access, and self-determination. We work within already established medical institutions and attempt to implement a model of care that puts the pregnant person at the center of her experience.
If this is something you want to get involved in, check out the map below to find the nearest doula collective. If you know of a group or collective not on the map, please email me (email@example.com) and I can add it! If you want to start your own collective, the aforementioned Doula Project will do training’s in your area. If you want to connect with some local doula’s and start a collective, you can also check out the Full Spectrum Doula Network.