Radical Doula Profiles: Franklinn Wilson

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!

franklinnAbout Franklinn Wilson: I am a recently trained doula that identifies as queer and is looking to support families that vary from the norm. Single, poly, LGBTQ+, low income, and laboring people that are ultimately going to be giving their kids up for adoption. I was born and raised in San Diego county and will eventually be moving to the pacific north west. my email is franklinnhannah@gmail.com and my phone number is (619) 270 6856.

What inspired you to become a doula?
I felt that the care I had when I was pregnant and birthing was inadequate and I feel inclined to help other people have a better experience. I also see it as a way I can do more hands on activism. There are also no radical doulas in San Diego and I’m looking to help with starting a group of full spectrum doulas in my area.

Why do you identify with the term radical doula?
I identify with the term radical doula because I identify with radical-ness in general in my life, I’m also queer as fuck. I think that the polarizing of holistic vs hospital care is awful and I’m out to change that.

What is your doula philosophy and how does it fit into your broader political beliefs?
I believe in informed consent, I believe people have a right to know what they are agreeing to and what their rights actually are in a hospital setting. I believe that everyone should have access to the support they deserve, not just white upper middle class women.

What is your favorite thing about being a doula?
I love being connected with people in a magical way.

If you could change one thing about the experience of pregnancy and birth, what would it be?
The lack of collaboration between the midwife model of care and the typical model of care and the laboring person.

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