Radical Doula Profiles: Liz Trantanella

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!

About Liz Trantanella: I am a full spectrum birth and postpartum doula in Louisville, Kentucky.

What inspired you to become a doula?
My first inspiration was my own doula who came to support me as a volunteer. I was 42 weeks at that point and she really helped me navigate my options and supported me physically and mentally until the birth of my son. Since becoming a mother and involved in the birth community, serving others is my passion.

Why do you identify with the term radical doula?
I support pregnant people on the spectrum of reproductive choices and experiences. This is very important to me as a person who has had an abortion, doula and activist. Live birth is not the only option or outcome for pregnant people. I found that it is extremely important to have conversation in community about the support that people need no matter the outcome in pregnancy.

What is your doula philosophy and how does it fit into your broader political beliefs?
I support pregnant people on the spectrum of reproductive choices and experiences.

What is your favorite thing about being a doula?
I love knowing that clients feel safe and empowered to make the decision that is best for them in pregnancy.

If you could change one thing about the experience of pregnancy and birth, what would it be?
For it to be less stigmatized and medicalized experience.

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