Learn more about some of the amazing doulas volunteering with us:
Andie has been a birth doula since 2008, and a full-spectrum doula since 2009. She completed her nursing degree in 2012 and is now a nurse in a pediatric intensive care unit. As part of The Doula Project she offers support, compassion, and kind touch for any and all reproductive choices. She is endlessly in awe of the challenges people endure and overcome when making reproductive decisions that are best for their bodies and their souls. She thinks bearing witness to this strength may be the best job in the world.
Annie is a current graduate student in Columbia University's Narrative Medicine program, living in Brooklyn. She obtained her BA from The Gallatin School of Individualized Study at NYU in 2009, where she designed a major entitled "Stories of Self: Realization, Empowerment, and Wellbeing." She entered the doula world as a birth doula in 2008, broadened across the spectrum as a member of The Doula Project in 2012, and joined the Leadership Circle of The Doula Project in 2013. Annie cares passionately about the interweaving of healing, loss, grief, trauma, caregiving, self-care, social justice, and spirituality.
Antoinette, CD (DONA), LCCE I have been a birthing doula for 2yrs. I have supported many women and their partners through delivery. I am also a certified Lamaze childbirth educator. I have educated several couples in their journey through pregnancy. My motto is: pregnancy and delivery is best had with love and opened arms.
Bianca is the daughter of a teacher and artist who immigrated to the US in the early 1970s. She has been working in the field of sexuality and sexual health with an emphasis on women and communities of Color for over a decade. An activist and educator, Bianca is an adjunct professor in the CUNY (City University of New York) system and at private institutions of higher education where she teaches interdisciplinary classes in women's studies, sociology, human sexuality, psychology, and cultural studies. Bianca is bilingual in English and Spanish, identifies as a radical woman of Color, and hosts the sex-positive website LatinoSexuality.com. You can reach Bianca here or visit her at BiancaLaureano.com.
Christine is proud and beyond pleased to volunteer with The Doula Project. An advocate for women's rights since being radicalized by an it's-so-hot-out-the-boys-can-take-their-shirts-off pronouncement on the playground in pre-school, she has been active in reproductive justice efforts since college. She's been a volunteer for an abortion fund, has worked for four years at reproductive health clinics, mostly always attends the annual CLPP conference, and went to the March for Women's Lives in 2004. Her biggest core belief (of many) is that everyone--EVERYONE--deserves access to an empowered medical experience, and sees doula work as an exceptional model of that type of compassionate care.
With years of experience supporting women as an emergency room advocate for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, Kristin joined the birth and abortion doula movement in 2010 after years of experience supporting women as an emergency room advocate for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. She hopes to one day work in the field of women's health as a midwife and women's health nurse practitioner. In her work as a volunteer doula and advocate, she has the privilege to witness the amazing strength and resilience of women in some of life's most private and challenging moments. Kristin is incredibly honored to be part of the Doula Project and to be supporting women in all of their reproductive health care choices.
Lauren firmly believes in the inherent interdisciplinary connections that appear in the context of the body and throughout the spectrum of pregnancy. After getting her foot in the door by being an abortion rights activist, she became a certified gynecological teaching associate through the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-- which basically means she know a lot about how to do a good pelvic exams-- and a birth doula. She is currently also an abortion health educator and one of the founders of The Doula Project. When she's not thinking about women's health (which is rare), she writes. Her work can be found under the pseudonym L.A. Mitchell (please note, she is not the L.A. Mitchell who writes sci-fi Christian romance novels).
Mary is a full spectrum doula and Co-Founder and Board Treasurer of The Doula Project. She has served hundreds of pregnant people across the spectrum of choice and trained activists, doulas, clinicians, and medical students on the abortion doula model of care. Beyond her role in The Doula Project, Mary is an LMSW, working at the intersection of disaster trauma and child development. In her free time, Mary studies astrology and dances to techno music.
Miriam's interest in birth started sometime in middle school, during various hour-long sessions pouring over health books at friend's houses. She became a doula in 2004, after watching the documentary Born in the USA and deciding that birth activism was her passion. Miriam has worked as a reproductive justice organizer, a case manager for pregnant Latinas and most recently a self-employed writer, consultant and speaker. Miriam is the Founder of RadicalDoula.com and an Editor at Feministing.com. In 2007, Miriam worked with Lauren Mitchell and Mary Mahoney to found the Doula Project. Mary and Lauren took that project to amazing places after Miriam left in 2008 to move to Washington DC. She's since come back to NYC and is excited to finally be doing the work of an abortion doula.
After graduating Summa Cum Laude with a major in Women’s Studies from Barnard College, Molly continued to pursue her passion for women’s health by attending a DONA birth doula training in May 2010. She’s had extensive experience serving as a support person for women during medical visits and procedures, in both clinics and private practices. Now, she is thrilled to be working as a member of the Doula Project in New York City, putting directly into practice her belief that every woman, regardless of what her choice may be, should feel entitled to her right to understand and participate in the decisions that are made about her body.
Sarah is a writer, media consultant, recovering social worker, and abortion doula, among other things. She's the author of the novel All Our Pretty Songs and the publisher and editor of Guillotine, a chapbook series dedicated to revolutionary nonfiction. She joined The Doula Project in 2012.
Vicki is a freelance writer and suburban mom who rediscovered her feminist activism as a side effect of needing to get out into the world again after a period of cocooning. She does this work because she has a passion for supporting women in transition, providing them with loving care at what may be a critical moment in their lives, or just a really tough day. She is especially drawn to people who may fall through the cracks of traditional healthcare: younger or older women, LGBT and polyamorous people, single parents, and artists and other alternative folk.