Radical Doula’s new look!

After much work and thinking, including the talents of Sinclair Sexsmith and Jill Raney, Radical Doula finally has a new look! I’ve been working on this since the two year anniversary of the blog and am happy to see it finally done.

A few new elements:

A “Becoming a Doula” resource page: I often get emails from people interested in becoming doulas, so this page is meant to be a starting place for learning about trainings and volunteer doula programs. If you know of a program or organization I didn’t list–email it to me and I’ll add it!

Radical Doula Profiles page: This is a series I’ve been doing for a while, but wanted a place to collect all of the awesome radical doula’s that have been featured here. Are you a radical doula? Email me to be featured on this site.

Updated and slimmed-down blogroll: I revised my blogroll extensively. I was overwhelmed trying to keep up with the broad categories, so I’ve decided to focus on birth and doula blogs. A number on my old list hadn’t been updated in over six months so I took them down. Know a great blog, or author one that relates to doulas/birth? Email me and I’ll add it to my list.

An actual logo!: The logo is courtesy of Sinclair Sexsmith, an awesome blogger and graphic designer. We put a lot of thought into creating something that would represent the feel of this site and what I’m trying to do here. I struggled with how to represent the work of doula’s visually. In the end I choose to rely on the commonly used image of the pregnant belly. It was not without recognizing that pregnant women are often represented by just a belly, and that it can be strange and disembodying, particularly in advertising. The main reason I chose to use the silhouette of only the belly was that I wanted something which wasn’t particularly gendered–I struggle often with using the super gendered language of pregnancy and birth and wanted a logo that didn’t denote this gendered nature.

Thanks to everyone who has read this site, emailed me with their stories and commented or contributed. You’ve all made this passion project more enjoyable than I could ever have imagined, and made me feel supported by a large community of radical doula’s out there.

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7 thoughts on “Radical Doula’s new look!

  1. Sara October 19, 2009 / 11:32 am

    Congrats Miriam! This looks great and I love the new logo! Here’s to another great year from our fav. radical doula!

  2. Jill October 19, 2009 / 9:04 pm

    I love it!! Congrats on the new look.

  3. Sinclair October 20, 2009 / 10:36 pm

    Love the way it turned out! The colors are perfect with the logo – the red headers in the sidebar, blue links, grey backgrounds are really lovely. It came together so nicely! Glad to have contributed. Cheers to the relaunch!

  4. mama October 21, 2009 / 5:45 am

    great new look. have you thought about adding doulasofcolor.ning.com to the blogroll? i know that a ning is not necessarily a blog. but there are several doulas of color blogging at the ning site. just a thought. 😉 oh and i feel honored that i made the blog roll cut! made my morning. because i love your blog. smiles…

    • radicaldoula October 21, 2009 / 1:39 pm

      Awesome idea about Doulas of color ning site! Just added it. Love that the site exists.

  5. Jess M October 21, 2009 / 5:46 am

    Looks fantastic 🙂

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