"[DIY Doula] is jam-packed with useful tips that are often delivered with a laidback yet trustworthy voice, which lends each entry the feeling that it was written by your best friend. DIY Doula shines for how valuable and accessible its information is[...]. It would be difficult to find this kind of stuff elsewhere, without being loaded by sterile, medical jargon." -Stephanie Jimenez for Ravishly.com
N. ˆDOULA, A PERSON TRAINED TO GIVE FREE, COMPASSIONATE CARE AND PHYSICAL, EMOTIONAL, AND INFORMATIONAL SUPPORT ACROSS THE SPECTRUM OF PREGNANCY
The Doula Project is changing the culture and conversation around information and choice: everyone should be trusted to make the decisions right for their body or pregnancy.
That’s why we created DIY Doula, a ‘zine all about self-care and agency – two things we all need. Our goal for this 48-page Zine is to be “long-distance doulas” to our readers who might not have access to a doula in their communities. While we may not be able to hold their hands during their procedures, through comics, drawings, personal essays, games and more we’re tackling some of the tough questions, affirming that people can trust their decisions, modeling how to ask for support, and giving tips on self-advocacy. The Zine also acts as a huge, diverse toolbox that gives some more practical advice and answers FAQs that we often find ourselves addressing in clinics. Wholesale orders for clinics and organizations are available by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
This project received a Seed Support grant from the Abortion Conversation Project to reduce abortion stigma.
In every print run, free and sliding scale print copies will be made available to people having abortions. All copies sold above cost support our work providing free full-spectrum care. Get yourself a copy. Get your friends a copy. Pass it on.
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The Doula Project is a network of trained doula volunteers working to create a society in which all pregnant people have access to the care and support they need. Our work helps people navigate pregnancy and making personal decisions, whether they face birth, miscarriage, stillbirth, fetal anomaly, or abortion.
All pregnant people should have access to continuous, non-judgmental emotional, physical, and informational support.
All pregnant people should be trusted to make choices that are best for them.
All pregnant people should have their experiences and the memories of those experiences honored.
All pregnant people should be safe and have access to exceptional health care.
Clinics, hospitals, organizations, and individuals who work with pregnant people should be respected and protected.