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Some Doulas Offer Support During Abortions Or Miscarriages

OPB | Aug. 6, 2014 12:35 p.m. | Updated: Aug. 6, 2014 2:12 p.m.



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Doulas are trained professionals who provide emotional, informational, and physical support to pregnant women. Their work includes consultation, advocacy, massage and other comfort care. A quick Google search will find the word “doula” associated closely with labor and childbirth — but some doulas also provide non-medical support to women experiencing a miscarriage or choosing abortion.

Samantha Zipporah attended her first birth at age 19 and began doing the work of a doula before she knew there was a name for it, let alone an entire profession. In the past nine years, she says, she’s been a doula for more abortions than births. We’ll talk with Samantha about the unusual focus of her work as a doula.


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