The Boston Doula Project provides free, compassionate and empowering support to people experiencing abortion. We promote the doula model of physical, emotional, spiritual and informational support for people throughout the full spectrum of reproductive experiences.
Traditionally, doulas support the experience of labor and childbirth both physically and emotionally. We at Boston Doula Project expand on that model of care to support the full, nuanced spectrum of reproductive experience, namely abortion and pregnancy loss.
We work in clinics and in homes to support those experiencing abortion. We are a shoulder to cry on, a friend to laugh with, an ear to listen, a pair of hands to help out. We are witness to reproductive experiences and we are warmth and connection in a world that can be cold and silent around abortion.
The Boston Doula Project is built on a foundation of Reproductive Justice, a southern black movement that centers the voices and experiences of marginalized people and their intersecting identities in the fight for reproductive access, care and autonomy.
We are an organization reclaimed and lead by people of color, gender variant people, queer people and immigrants with strong support from white accomplices. We have a growing ethic of anti-racism, anti-oppression, anti-violence, anti-capitalism, offering free support to all who need it. We celebrate differences of race, abilities, language, culture, sexuality, and gender identity, and recognize the power of intersecting oppressions to shape reproductive experience.
We are as interested in breaking down the broader stigma around abortion as we are in supporting each individual. We are working to create an accessible culture of community based support.
We do this work because we believe everyone should have access to all the resources they need to choose whether, when and how to be sexual, to reproduce and to parent. Working with a reproductive justice framework and an understanding of the politics of reproduction, we recognize that people’s reproductive experiences and access to abortion vary widely, based on their relationship to race, gender, class and other structures of power that shape our world.
We strive to prioritize the voices and needs of marginalized individuals and communities, including, but not limited to, people of color, queer, trans and gender variant people, people who have experienced immigration, people with varying abilities and young people.
We are inspired and motivated by the work of black, indigenous and people of color who have been doing reproductive support work in their communities before mainstream full-spectrum doula groups were founded. We understand reproductive life to encompass a full spectrum of experiences, including non-reproductive sex, miscarriage, abortion, birth adoption and the postpartum period. We believe every person deserves nonjudgmental, compassionate support throughout their reproductive experiences and feel empowered to be their own best advocate.
How We Fulfill Our Mission
The volunteers of the Boston Doula Project:
- Provide free doula support services for abortion
- Facilitate connections with doulas to provide support for other reproductive experiences
- Host community events that support destigmatization of reproductive experiences and a better understanding of reproductive health, rights, and justice
- Educate future full-spectrum doulas
- Nurture relationships with allied organizations and Boston-area abortion providers