For doulas, healthcare providers, and community members who want skills to support people having abortions, the Abortion Support Skills course is a program that helps you to develop the tools to offer compassionate, nonjudgmental, nonmedical support, with particular attention to poc, lgbtq, youth, and other individuals marginalized by healthcare systems.
Who is the course for? Do you want to be an abortion doula? Do you work in a reproductive health or abortion setting and want more skills to support your patients or clients? This course is for doulas, midwives, nurses, people who’ve experienced abortion, counselors, students, and anybody who wants to provide compassionate, nonjudgmental, nonmedical support for people experiencing abortion.
What will you learn?
Clarify your own beliefs and values around abortion
Explore barriers your clients may face when accessing abortion
Understand the basics of the procedures and options involved in abortion
Develop a “toolkit” of physical, emotional, informational, and spiritual support techniques
Craft self-care resources to sustain yourself in supporting others
If you complete all the assignments, you'll receive a certificate of completion. This course is approved for 2 EUS for Doula Training Canada (DTC) students.
What people are saying about Abortion Support Skills:
"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!” -Robyn Schwarz, Reproductive Rights Activist and Educator based in London, Ontario
5-Week Course Next course: TBA
Refilling The Cup: A Course In Self-Care
You're invited to bring your cup, however emptied it may be, and replenish your reserves so you can continue to be of service.
In this course we'll discuss what self-care is, why it's so important for doulas and other reproductive caregivers, and how it's different from selfishness.
We'll use journalling, guided meditation, and the support of a self-care community to deepen our self-knowledge, generate a wild abundance of self-care ideas, and create sustainable personalized self-care plans.
Who should take this course? Anybody (doula, midwife, nurse, doctor, counselor, etc.) who is or wants to be providing nonjudgmental support across the spectrum of reproductive experiences, including infertility, abortion, birth, miscarriage, stillbirth, adoption, or the postpartum period.
The course arrives in your inbox daily for six days. Each day's emails will prompt you to work (or play) through the course lessons, including downloadable worksheets, audio recordings, and links to resources for further study. You'll also gain access to the private Refilling the Cup Facebook group. No live meetings.
What people are saying about Refilling The Cup:
"Thank you so much for this course. It's beautiful and gentle, so easy to navigate..." --Karen Thurston
"I am blessed to have had the opportunity to take this class. Your words, insights, assignments, readings, and resources are of such value. I believe that this class has set into place some foundational tools that I will forever carry on into my life and work as a birth worker and reproductive justice activist." --Jenefier Winchell
6-Day Course Next course: TBA
Crafting Ritual for Abortion & Pregnancy Loss
Are you longing for a ritual to honor your own abortion or pregnancy loss? Do you want to be able to craft meaningful rituals for clients who are processing the end of a pregnancy?
In this live online workshop we’ll explore how ritual can be healing for people experiencing abortion or pregnancy loss. We’ll learn about examples of both traditional and new rituals for honoring these transitions. And we’ll learn specific steps to follow for crafting a unique and powerful ritual.
This workshop is appropriate for doulas, midwives, counselors, anyone who works to nonjudgmentally support people experiencing abortion and pregnancy loss; people wanting a way to honor their own experience; or ritual facilitators who want to better understand holding space for these life transitions. No previous experience facilitating rituals is required.
My approach to ritual is rooted in the intersection of three major influences: my practice of feminist Witchcraft, my work as a full-spectrum doula, and my academic background as a PhD in Religious Studies & Women's Studies. Live online workshop Next workshop TBA
Supporting Trans and Non-Binary Clients
In this live online workshop we'll discuss
barriers trans and non-binary people face in accessing reproductive healthcare,
the meanings of terms like transgender, cisgender, and non-binary, and the differences between sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression,
practices for welcoming trans people,
and the role of advocacy in trans-affirming care.
This workshop is appropriate for doulas, midwives, counselors, anyone who works to nonjudgmentally support people transitioning out of pregnancy. Live online 90-minute workshop
Next Class: Wednesday, December 11 at 7:30pm EST (supporting workshop materials available as soon as you register) Cost: 50 U.S. dollars Sliding scale available (no need to ask or explain; I trust if you're paying at this rate it's because that's what's right for you): 25 U.S. dollars
In-person workshops & lectures in abortion support skills, self-care, the full-spectrum doula movement, and more are also available. Contact Sarah at email@example.com for more information.