This is a series highlighting folks who identify as Radical Doulas. Are you interested in being part of the series? Go here to provide your responses to the profile questions and I’ll include you!
Jessie Bryer is a mom of 2, family studies major and doula willing to provide full-spectrum support to women in the Yuma, Arizona area. Find her at: https://www.facebook.com/jessie.bryerdoula, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What inspired you to become a doula?
My own birth experiences and the privilege of witnessing a friend’s birth motivated me to share my experience and help other women.
Why do you identify with the term radical doula?
Because I am willing to provide my support where it is needed, regardless of the circumstances. I am liberal and pro-choice.
What is your doula philosophy and how does it fit into your broader political beliefs?
I think that we are natural beings and that pregnancy, birth, and lactation are natural processes. I believe strongly in a woman’s autonomy and her right to make choices regarding her body and her reproductive function. All women should have access to good quality, safe medical procedures whether they are seeking abortion, birthing at home, refusing procedures or in need of contraception and I support anyone who needs me.
What is your favorite thing about being a doula?
My favorite part of being a doula is helping people and knowing that they felt braver, stronger, and empowered by my presence.
If you could change one thing about birth, what would it be?
I would take the fear that women feel during labor away.