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