When: Saturday May 6th & Sunday May 7th 9am-4:30pm
Sliding scale cost: $200 - $225 (plus fees)
In the workshop, we will explore the common stigma that exists around people who are making reproductive decisions, regardless of which one. We will review the factual information about who has abortions and miscarriages and how common it is, in order to have a framework for understanding what drives these various cultural views about bodies, sex, pregnancy and death. Through this, the barriers to autonomy, informed consent and authentic decision making that are familiar to most birth workers will be further illuminated. We will go over specific information about abortion, and what the experience is like for people having them and expose ourselves to the relationship between abortion and miscarriage, (including fetal anomaly and infant death.)
We will also work to understand how adoption and foster care fit into the picture and introduce participants to respectful client-centered language for these circumstances. Through this component of the training, we will come to see that adoption is not a anti-choice intervention; it's one of the many legitimate choices a pregnant person can make. There will be strong self-reflection and values clarification components to help people see where they stand on some of these key issues.
Participants will leave the workshop understanding the usefulness of being a practitioner who is comfortable with and respectful of all pregnancy experiences. We will touch on ways to use doula-style support tools in the service of people who are experiencing a range of pregnancy outcomes. From there, we share perspectives on the doula scope of practice, and how our beliefs and values influence the kind of care that we provide our clients and communities.