I'm getting excited watching the fall online abortion support skills courses filling up with doulas, sex educators, nurses, counselors, and activists who are clearly amazing people just for taking the brave and open-hearted step of signing up for the course. I'm so eager to get to know them all.
There's still room for more people to join, plus there are two scholarships available!
I'm constantly blown away by the generosity and thoughtfulness of folks I get to work with on the Full-Spectrum Doula Circles. Two recent Full-Spectrum Doula Circles webinar speakers donated their fees to the scholarship fund, which means two learners with financial need can reduce the cost of the course to just $25. If you wish to be considered for the scholarship, please say so in the last question on the application.
It totally makes my day to learn how past Abortion Support Skills course participants are putting their learnings to use to increase the compassion, love, and justice in the world.
I got permission from Robyn Schwarz, Reproductive Rights Activist and Educator based in London, Ontario, to share her thoughts about the class:
"I took the Full-Spectrum Doula Collective's Abortion Support Skills course in Spring 2018. I had been independently working as a reproductive rights activist and educator at Western University for two years, was starting to transition from my PhD into a career in reproductive health, and was looking to build on my skills and connect with other professionals in the field. Sarah was an excellent facilitator. She thoughtfully and actively created a space where we could talk about the nuances of caring for someone whose having an abortion, and ensured every course participant felt heard and cared for. I knew a lot about abortion care before signing up, but found that each week of course material gave me new things to think about. The best part of the Abortion Skills Support course was by far the community Sarah creates, and the thought ways course participants engage with each other. I would recommend this course to anyone, working in reproductive health or not, because the compassion support skills you learn can be helpful for facing so many of life’s challenges. I have since been working in the field and continue to practice the skills Sarah introduced me to. Thank you Sarah!”
Online Abortion Support Skills course, open to people anywhere in the world, starts September 28
Info & application: https://goo.gl/forms/P0Wmze3ISQ25iFSz2
Online Abortion Support Skills for Doulas course, open only to doulas in New Mexico, starts October 8
Info & application: https://goo.gl/forms/x040t5BSVWbjPRtx2
I'm excited to be collaborating with Tewa Women United to offer an online Abortion Support Skills for Doulas course specifically for doulas in New Mexico. Tewa Women United's Indigenous Women’s Health and Reproductive Justice Program is home to the Yiya Vi Kagingdi Doula Project, a community-based doula program.
Most participants in the course will be part of Tewa Women United's programs, but I'm opening up a few spots to other folks from New Mexico who want to take advantage of this special opportunity to learn and network together with other doulas across New Mexico.
The New Mexico course begins Oct 8, with live online course meetings on Mondays at 6pm MT. To learn more or to be considered for participation in the Abortion Support Skills for Doulas in New Mexico Course please find the application here.
Would you do me a favor? If you know any doulas in New Mexico, please share this email with them.
I'm also offering a general call online Abortion Support Skills course, which is open to participants from anywhere in the world.
I'm offering this course in the daytime instead of the usual evening timing, because some folks have told me they haven't been able to take the course because evenings don't work for them. We'll have our live online meetings at 11am EST/8am PST. The open call course begins Sept 28.
To learn more or to be considered for participation in the Abortion Support Skills course please find the application here.