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Only 300 copies of the Radical Doula Guide left

April 7, 2014

Cover of Radical Doula Guide

About a month back I had to set up a new online store for the Radical Doula Guide, as my old one decided to no longer offer the service. You can now order copies of the guide here. Same deal, similar credit card processing, new look and URL!

I’ve sold over 1100 copies since it published a year and a half ago. I’ve been blown away by the interest and support for it–so a major thank you to everyone who has bought a copy, or suggested it as a resource. I sincerely hope it’s been of use.

I have about 300 copies left. Haven’t decided what I’ll do when they run out–whether I’ll order a new run to keep selling print copies, create a digital version for download, etc. But if you have been wanting to get a copy, now is a good time to order one.

If you have links to the old Radical Doula Guide store on your website, consider updating them. This page is a good reference as it will always be updated with the most recent information.

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Are you a doula trainer? Get a free review copy of The Radical Doula Guide

April 19, 2013

I heart doulas sign

It’s been eight months since I published The Radical Doula Guide, and it’s been an incredible whirlwind. I’ve been totally blown away by the support and enthusiasm for the book. I’ve sold close to 900 copies in those eight months. Way more than I ever would have dreamed! So thank you.

I still have more copies available (get yours here), so I’m starting to reach out to doula trainers. My hope is that the book will become recommended (or required!) reading for doula trainings, as a way to get these issues further integrated into the training of new doulas. Are you a doula trainer? If so, and you think you might be interested in listing The Radical Doula Guide as recommended reading for your trainings, email me and I’ll send you a free review copy. I have a limited number available for this purpose, so email me soon. Send me your mailing address and a little bit about your work as a doula trainer, as well as links to any websites about your trainings. RadicaldoulaATgmailDOTcom.

Thanks!


I heart doulas: Celebrating 6 years of Radical Doula w/DC Doulas for Choice

February 28, 2013

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Folks from the Shodhini Institute at the LA Radical Doula Guide Release Party

I’m excited to share the details of a party happening in Washington DC in just two weeks. It was meant to be the last stop on the Radical Doula Guide Release Tour, but as the date got pushed back I decided it made more sense to use this as an excuse to celebrate the anniversary! It’s also my current home, so I’m happy to be ending the tour here.

Guides will still be for sale, and we’ll have all the elements from past parties: raffle, photo booth and raising funds for the local full spectrum doula group, DC Doulas for Choice.

About DCDC:

The DC Doulas for Choice Collective is a DC-based, volunteer-led-and-run, pro-choice organization that seeks to provide doula care to people across the full spectrum of reproductive health, pregnancy, and choice.

Details:

I <3 doulas: Celebrating 6 years of Radical Doula with DC Doulas for Choice

I heart doulas sign

March 13th, 6pm-9pm
MOVA Lounge DC
2204 14th St NW Washington, DC 20009

Join us for this event celebrating Radical Doula, a blog run by Miriam Zoila Pérez, and the DC Doulas for Choice, a DC-based, volunteer-led-and-run, pro-choice organization that seeks to provide doula care to people across the full spectrum of reproductive health, pregnancy, and choice. Meet other folks interested in reproductive justice and doula activism, and raise funds for DCDC!

We’ll have Radical Doula Guides for sale, a raffle with lots of great prizes, a photobooth, snacks and half-price happy hour drink specials.

Hope to see you all there!

Facebook event invite here.


Celebrating six years of Radical Doula

February 27, 2013

Cupcake with Yesterday marked the sixth anniversary of the day that I launched this blog. Each year that this date rolls around it feels like an incredible feat to have made it this far and to still have energy and desire and ideas for how to cultivate this space.

In blog years, particularly in the era of the million other platforms out there, six years feels ancient.

And while it’s true that every year feels like a major accomplishment, I’m particularly proud of this past one.

Publishing the Radical Doula Guide was a feat that I’m still not sure how I accomplished, but I continue to feel really proud that it is out in the world. I’ve sold about 750 copies so far, and I hope to sell many more in the years to come.

The conversation about how to improve doula trainings, how to expand the role of doulas, how to finally start talking about how race and class have a huge impact on birth outcomes is moving. It’s moving, and growing, but still has a long way to go. The Radical Doula Guide is my contribution to this conversation, my attempt at filling some of the gaps. I offer it with humility, knowing how much more there is to do and say. It’s just one step of the million we need to take before we see anything close to birth justice in our world.

I launched the fundraiser for the guide on this day last year, and I owe a tremendous thanks to all of you who generously donated and made that project happen.

In honor of my 6th anniversary, I’m offering $2 off The Radical Doula Guide. To get the discount use the code SIXYEARS when purchasing a copy in my online store. It will only work through the end of this week, so act now to get a copy for only $10 each.

The other major Radical Doula related accomplishment I’ll take a moment to pat myself on the shoulder for was my TEDx talk: Transforming Empathy. Doing that talk was an incredible opportunity to try and translate the work we do as full spectrum doulas to an audience who I couldn’t assume knew anything about doula work, and I’m really glad I had that challenge. Our work has many universal applications, and it’s taught me so much about how to approach social change work. If you haven’t already, you can watch the talk here.

This coming year is going to be about improving on what I’m already doing, which mainly these days is providing a resource, a platform and a point of connection for all the radical doulas out there. I’m constantly working on my resource pages, and trying to promote all the opportunities for engaging in radical doula work here. And of course, I’d love to feature you if you identify as a radical doula. I’m also starting to do more speaking engagements related to my work here, so please be in touch if you’re interested in organizing something (radicaldoula@gmail.com).

And as always, Radical Doula is just one slice of what I spend my time on. The best way to keep up with the rest of what I do is to follow me on twitter, subscribe to/follow my public updates on facebook, or join my email list.

Thanks for your support! Here’s to many more anniversaries and many more radical doulas in our movement.


Bay Area Radical Doula Guide Release Party

December 31, 2012

With this being event number 5, I think I can officially call it a tour!

On Thursday January 10th in San Francisco we’ll be hosting a Radical Doula Guide release party benefiting the Bay Area Doula Project, a fabulous full-spectrum doula group. There will be guides for sale, a photobooth, and opportunities to donate and support the fabulous work of BADP.

Details:

Thursday, January 10th
7pm-10pm
Langton Labs
9 Langton St
San Francisco, CA

Hope to see you there!

Facebook event here.

PS Happy New Year!


Los Angeles Radical Doula Guide Release Party

December 27, 2012

The Radical Doula Tour continues! In January I’ll be co-hosting parties in Los Angeles and the Bay Area, and plans are in the works for a Washington DC party in February.

I’m excited to co-host the Los Angeles party with the Shodhini Institute and California Latinas for Reproductive Justice, as well as the Doulas Association of Southern California–three fabulous groups dedicated to improving the health and wellness of our communities.

Details:

Sunday January 6
4pm-7pm
Feminist Majority Foundation
433 S. Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

There will be guides for sale, a raffle benefiting the Shodhini Institute, a live DJ and much more. Should be a great time, hope to see you there!

Facebook event here.

The Bay Area party will be January 10th–details coming soon.


Minneapolis Radical Doula Guide Release Party!

November 14, 2012

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Supporters at the Chicago Radical Doula Guide Release Party!

I’m psyched to announce that Tuesday, November 27, we’ll be hosting a Twin Cities Radical Doula Guide Release Party in conjunction with the Family Tree Clinic, NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota, and the Smitten Kitten. The party will benefit The Ilythia Project, a group that provides doula services for pregnant women living with HIV.

It’s going to be a low-key get together, with opportunities to purchase the guide, get to know local doulas and reproductive justice activists, and raise funds for The Ilythia Project! We’ll have a short discussion about the guide, Q&A and a raffle. Light snacks and beverages provided. There will also be a photobooth!

I’m really excited for this event, which once again will be hosted at another fabulous feminist sex shop, Smitten Kitten (review I wrote in 2008!).

Details:

Tuesday November 27
7-9pm
Smitten Kitten
3010 Lyndale Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55408

Facebook event here.

Hope to see you there!

Mega thanks to Erin Wilkins from the Family Tree Clinic for organizing this event.


Chicago Radical Doula Guide Release Party

September 12, 2012

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Rad doula supporters at the NYC Radical Doula Guide Launch Party

Chicago Doula Circle

I’m psyched to announce that next Monday, September 17, we’ll be hosting a Chicago Radical Doula Guide Release Party in conjunction with the Chicago Doula Circle, the local full spectrum doula group in the area.

It’s going to be a low-key get together, with opportunities to purchase the guide, get to know local doulas and doula supporters, and raise funds for the Chicago Doula Circle! We’ll have a short discussion about the guide, Q&A and a raffle.

And best of all, we’re bringing together two of my favorite things by hosting the party at the local feminist sex shop Early to Bed. (Those who have been following my writing a long time know that I LOVE feminist sex shops–I even reviewed Early to Bed back in 2009).

Details:

Monday September 17
7-9pm
Early to Bed
5232 N Sheridan Rd Chicago, IL

Facebook event here.

Hope to see you there!

Mega thanks to the Chicago Doula Circle and especially kp Palmer for helping to get this together on such short notice!


Reviews and Excerpts of the Radical Doula Guide

August 29, 2012

Each August I try to take at least two weeks off from work, which mostly translates as not checking my email. It’s a necessary ritual for my sanity, and for my brain to re-calibrate to life away from inboxes. This year’s vacation also coincided with a move from Brooklyn, NY, where I’ve been living for the past two years, back to Washington, DC where I used to live.

While I was away, a lovely number of you (about 40) ordered copies of the Radical Doula Guide. Thank you! I put those copies in the mail today, so apologies for the delay.

If you haven’t gotten your copy yet, there is still time. I’ve already sold about half of the guides I printed, so don’t wait too long!

You can order your copy here.

Anna J. Cook, a long-time reader and fellow feminist blogger wrote a lovely review of the guide. It’s thoughtful and comprehensive and you should read the whole thing. But here is a quick taste:

Miriam’s 52-page “political primer” discusses the political nature of what she terms “full spectrum pregnancy and childbirth support” — a concept that covers not only childbirth and postpartum doula work, but also abortion and miscarriage doula care, a relatively new service some trained doulas are offering. There are books and training workshops available for learning doula techniques, and The Radical Doula Guide doesn’t seek to replicate those resources. Instead, Miriam offers some reflections on how doula work intersects with political systems: “a starting point to understanding the social justice issues that interface with doula and birth activism” (4).

In four brief sections, Miriam acts as a tour guide through different aspects of full-spectrum doula care and brief analyses of three broad categories of intersection between pregnancy and politics: “bodies” (race, gender, sexual orientation, size, age, and HIV/AIDS), “systems” (immigration and incarceration), and “power” (class and intimate violence/abuse). Using these broad categories with the more familiar nodes of inequality as sub-categories draws our attention back from specific issues to think in more expansive terms about the ways our bodies and lives are policed within society in both informal and formal ways. And specifically, how those constraints shape the experience of pregnancy and parenting.

While you wait for your copy to arrive you can also check out this excerpt that ran in Women’s Enews two weeks ago. It’s bits and pieces of the introduction, pulled together for a broader-than-doula audience:

We all come to this work for different reasons. Until recently, most of the doulas I encountered were parents themselves–their childbirth experience, whether positive or negative, inspired them to serve others during pregnancy and childbirth.

Now I see a different group coming into this work. Young people without children but with a passion for health activism are finding doula work and see it as a new way to channel their desire to engage in direct service or direct action. Books and documentaries about maternal health in the U.S. have in­spired many people.

I often get comments and emails with questions about how I can be both an abortion doula and a birth doula–aren’t those two things a contradiction? I always reply that the answer is definitely no. The common thread throughout all these experiences, and all the ways in which I apply my skills as a doula, is unconditional and nonjudgmental support. That is the essence of doula work.

Read the full thing here.

Update: A new review by Jillian L. Schweitzer is here.


Online orders now available for The Radical Doula Guide

August 10, 2012

Photo of Radical Doula Guides in boxes

The online order system for copies of The Radical Doula Guide is now up and running! Thanks for all the interest and support, it’s been an AMAZING week.

Go here to place your order today.

If you want to order 10 or more copies, email me directly (radicaldoula@gmail.com) so I can give you a bulk discount.


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