Send a trans queerdo to doula school
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I am a 31-year-old trans, genderqueer, queermosexual who has worked and volunteered in community and public service for ten years, and now I need community help to transition into a new service role. More ...

I am a 31-year-old trans, genderqueer, queermosexual who has worked and volunteered in community and public service for ten years, and now I need community help to transition into a new service role. I live in Richmond, BC, Canada, on the traditionally shared territory of the Musqueam, Sḵwx̱ú7mesh (aka Squamish), Tsleil-Waututh, and other Coast Salish First Nations.

I see my future in working to bring parent-focused birth practises to the communities I'm part of (queer, trans, genderqueer, fat, disabled, depressed, abuse survivors, leather/kinky, non-monogamous, families in crisis, working class/poor, anti-racist, etc.) through training as a reproductive doula (labour, postpartum, abortion, miscarriage, and stillbirth--the full spectrum of pregnancy and birth), and as a childbirth educator, including breastfeeding consultancy. Currently, most practitioners in these roles are not aware of or equipped to deal with the multitude of families and parents actually in the world. As a member of "non-mainstream" communities who is actively doing the work of untangling and resisting oppressions, I am excited to bring my experiences to these practises, and offer these practises to my communities.

The principles of consent and body autonomy also inform my desire to engage in birth and family work; our bodies have gone through a lot with us, and those experiences are integral to our reproductive choices.

What is a doula?

Doulas support pregnant people and their families during pregnancy and labour; full-spectrum doulas also support people through miscarriages and stillbirths, and choosing abortion. Doulas can also provide support after labour. A doula uses many tools to support, including coaching, massage, organization, advocacy within the healthcare system, light housework, and simple companionship.

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What will the money be used for?

As of November, 2014, my current goals are:

  • attend DONA birth doula training through Douglas College ($400; two days, January 2015)
  • attend DONA postpartum doula training, also through Douglas College ($550; four days, March 2015)

As well as registration fees, contributions will help offset lost time from my primary job and commuting costs from my home in Richmond to Douglas College's Coquitlam campus.

Future goals include:

  • breastfeeding support training through Douglas College
  • full-spectrum doula education through Full Spectrum Doulas in Seattle, WA (http://www.fullspectrumdoulas.org)
  • networking with POC and Indigenous birthworkers
  • seeking training to support pregnant trauma/abuse survivors and their families
  • producing full-spectrum print and web resources for trans, gender non-conforming, bigender, agender, gender neutral, and genderqueer people
  • childbirth educator training through Douglas College

Thank you so much for your support!

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