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Tuesday
Sep092014

Salon Series: Managing HSV and HPV with Nutritional Therapies and Herbal Plant Medicine

Join Jamie Starzyk for an evening of tasty handcrafted herbal tea, nutrition education, and a lesson in herbal medicine making. (See below for bio)

This salon series is open to all who want to learn more about herbal and nutritional treatment to ease and manage the symptoms of all strains of Herpes Simplex Virus and Human Papilloma Virus. We will also discuss the role herbal plant medicine has as an effective supplemental treatment in a clinical setting. Whether you work with people during pregnancy, in a medical setting, or simply want to learn more about caring for yourself and your community, it is never too early or too late to learn how nutritional therapy and diet can be a tool! 

 

Join us for a discussion and workshop!


Date: Thursday, September 18
Time: 7:00 to 9:00pm
Location: Langton Labs
32 Langton St. SF, CA 94103
Just three blocks from Civic Center BART!
As always, light refreshments will be served. 

Cost: Free ($5-$15 suggested donation for BADP, no one will be turned away for lack of funds)
 
Accessibility: The space is wheelchair accessible (but the restroom does not have grab bars). Babes in arms are welcome. Please email salon_fund [at] bayareadoulaproject [dot] org or send us a note on facebook if you have any questions about accessibility.
Wednesday
Sep032014

Meet the Doulas: Megan Messinger

Who are the doulas who volunteer with the Bay Area Doula Project?  They're amazing, diverse people, doing so much great work in the world, it's hard to believe any of them has time to volunteer with us. We've been using this space to introduce you to many of the BADP doulas.  This week, meet Megan Messinger.

Megan Messinger is a fourth-generation native San Franciscan (whose mother crossed the Bay Bridge with great determination to give birth to her in the city!), who recently returned to Berkeley after several years out East. Megan studied English and Women's Studies at Barnard College. After graduating, Megan worked in digital marketing until she figured out that neither "digital" nor "marketing" were her ideal job descriptors. Now, a babysitter by day and post-bacc student by night, Megan is applying to medical school and hopes to bring the amazing energy of BADP and partners with her when she goes. Megan enjoys reading, green tea, and the separation of church and state.


Monday
Aug182014

MORE DOULAS HEADED FOR SANTA ROSA WHS 

A couple weekends back, BADP Volunteers Adriana Guerra, Mar Schupp, and Vanessa Norton spent a hot, sunny Saturday at the Women's Health Services (WHS) clinic in Sacramento, where they were oriented to join the other full-spectrum doulas at the WHS clinic in Santa Rosa. The orientation included an overview of OSHA policies, the clinic's practices, a role play, and disucussion on how we as doulas could support the patients.

Adriana Guerra chose to volunteer at WHS so she "could use her doula skills in a clinical setting, since [she] hasn't had the opportunity to do so. [Adriana] also wanted to gain more experience in advocating for the pregnant person's decision to choose whichever outcome they want with their pregnancy."   

Vanessa feels the same as Adriana. "But it's also my curisoity that drives my desire to support women in a clinical setting. I like to understand how a clinic works, and having had an abortion in a clinic myself, I really feel close to the need for emotional support, at least that it be available. The experience of abortion should not have to suck." 

Last Friday, BADP Volunteers Vanessa Norton and Megan Messinger drove up to Santa Rosa and supported three patients. It was a particularly low-key day; other days, the clinic serves closer to 20 patients. Vanessa said, "as this was my first day as a doula at a clinic supporting a patient I had not met previously, I mostly observed and learned. As a doula, I offered my hand, breathing techniques, and words of encouragement and support. Both of the patients expressed gratitude to the three women in the room--doctor, assistant, and myself--for being 'so pleasant,' but neither wanted my hand. Everyone's needs are different." 

 

 

Wednesday
Jul302014

Meet the Doulas: Christine Litas

Who are the doulas who volunteer with the Bay Area Doula Project?  They're amazing, diverse people, doing so much great work in the world, it's hard to believe any of them has time to volunteer with us. We've been using this space to introduce you to many of the BADP doulas.  This week, meet Christine Litas.

Christine is a full-spectrum doula who trained with BADP in June of 2013. She is currently volunteering as a birth doula at San Francisco General Hospital and Homeless Prenatal Program, and doing clinical abortion support in Santa Rosa. She is also an active member of BADP’s Salon Series team and loves learning about anything health and reproductive justice related.

After being on the road for over five years, she’s happy to be settling into the bay area and grounding into doula work, although she has traveled as far as Australia to help her best friend give birth to a beautiful baby boy. She loves doula work, as it’s an amazing way to support and nurture people through their process, while empowering them and being committed to reproductive rights. On any given day, it’s not unlikely to find her riding her bike, tending to her garden, enjoying a hike, weaving a basket, fermenting just about anything, and cooking colorful meals for her friends.    

Tuesday
Jul222014

Salon Series: Abortion Story Share

Join us TONIGHT for this month's salon series, Abortion Story Share. Abortion has always been a divisive social political issue in the United States, despite the fact that 3 in 10 women* have had an abortion. Due to stigma and shame, many aren’t able to talk about their experiences or find the support they need. This salon, we will discuss the stigma surrounding abortion experiences, discuss why people keep their experiences secret from loved ones, and talk about ways to support those who want to share their experiences.

*We know that people of all gender identities have abortions, however this statistic is based on research of only cisgender women.

When: TONIGHT July 22nd 7-9p
Where: SOL: 236 23rd Ave. (between International Blvd. and East 12th Street), Oakland 
Cost: $5-$15 Suggested Donation for BADP, no one will be turned away for lack of funds

Accessibility: The space is wheelchair accessible (but the restroom is not and does not have grab bars). FYI for those who have allergies, the space is home to a sweet cat. Babes in arms are welcome. Please email salon_fund [at] bayareadoulaproject [dot] org or send us a note on Facebook if you have any questions about accessibility.

Renee Bracey Sherman is a reproductive justice and storytelling activist who shares her own abortion experience to encourage others who have had abortions to speak out and end the silence and stigma. Renee writes about abortion, reproductive justice, public policy, allyship, and the disparities facing women of color. She has been featured on BBC Radio World Newshour, EBONY, Salon, RH Reality Check, and Feministing.com. Renee is a graduate student at Cornell University pursuing a Master’s in Public Administration, sits on the advisory board of Sea Change Program, and will join the NARAL Pro-Choice America board of directors this fall. In 2013, Renee received the Justice Award by ACCESS Women’s Health Justice for her volunteerism housing women traveling 4-5 hours for their abortions. Renee is a proud alum of the Bay Area Doula Project and served as the Communications Manager for almost two years. She's happy to be back in beautiful company with the doulas! Follow her on Twitter @rbraceysherman