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

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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 ❤ 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.

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Philadelphia Trans Health Conference

I’m heading to Philly tomorrow to attend the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference. I’m part of an exciting panel:

Trans & GNC centered Midwifery and Full Spectrum Doula Care (miscarriage, abortion, birth, adoption)

Saturday June 2nd, 5:30pm – 6:50pm

Room: 102A

We all know that the trans and gender non-conforming (GNC) community has needs when it comes to pregnancy, birth and reproductive health. This workshop will introduce participants to the midwifery and doula models of care, and discuss how trans and GNC midwives and doulas are working to improve care for our communities. While this workshop will be centered on pregnancy-related care, the health care models we will be talking about can be applied to any type of health care. We will present information and resources on options for midwifery and doula care that may be ideal for trans and GNC people. This workshop will discuss how empowering health care experiences can transform our lives and facilitate deep healing.

I attended the Philly Trans Health Conference two years ago, and was part of a panel about parenting for trans folks. I was the birth worker/doula voice, and I’m so psyched that this year there are enough birth workers attending to have a whole panel just about midwifery and doula care!

If you’re in the area, come! It’s a free conference, and a really incredible space for knowledge sharing about trans and gender queer, gender non-conforming health.

If you are going to the conference, and are a birth worker, a few of us are trying to organize an informal meet-up. I’ll post details here once I have them, but you can also email me at radicaldoula@gmail.com.

PTHC birth worker meet-up details: After our midwifery and doula care panel, come by for an informal gathering of birth workers attending the conference. 6:50pm, Saturday June 2nd, Room 102A. Hope to see you there!

Speaking: TEDx DePaul U, UIC and Northwestern

I’m prepping for a short Chicago tour this weekend, featuring three different talks on three different topics! In case you are in the area, here are the details:

University of Illinois at Chicago

Thursday April 26th, 2pm-3:30pm

Here I’ll be talking about my doula work! I don’t often get to focus on that, so it will be a fun conversation. Some of the members of the local abortion doula group in Chicago will be there as well, so you can connect with them and opportunities to join their initiative.

Details here.

TEDx DePaul University

Saturday April 28th, 9am-5pm

Here I will be giving a talk called “Transforming Empathy,” focusing on three lessons my work as a doula has taught me about social change. I’m excited to have the opportunity to join the TEDx platform, and hopefully talk about my work in a way that reaches a broader audience.

Details here.

Northwestern University

Monday April 30th, 6pm

Here I’ll be giving my “Sexual Assault and Social Justice” talk, as a concluding event for Northwestern University’s Sexual Assault Activism Month. You can see an excerpt of this talk here.

Details here.

If you’re interested in bringing me to speak at your campus or community, I’m now planning events for the fall 2012 and spring 2013. Get in touch.

Speaking: NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon Choice Gala

Invitation to NARAL Gala on October 1st

The speaking season is upon us once again! While I love getting to stay put (and getting things done) for long stretches of the summer, I also really love getting to travel around the country and connect with activists and students doing similar work. It’s an incredible learning experience for me, every time.

I’ve got two events coming up in the next few weeks. I’m still booking events for the Fall and Spring, so if you’re interested in bringing me to your campus or community, please be in touch! More detail about my past speaking is available here. I’m also going to part of the third annual Feministing College Tour, and we’re also booking events for that. Details here.

On September 28th and 29th I’ll be speaking at Kenyon College’s Take Back the Night week. I’ll be talking about sexual violence and social justice–basically why we can’t combat sexual violence without a social justice framework.

Then on October 1st I’m heading to Portland to be the keynote speaker at NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon’s Choice Gala. I’m super honored to be speaking along side the Oregon Secretary of State and the Attorney General. I’m most excited for that event because I’ll be talking about the work of Radical Doula, the work I discuss here, specifically my work as an abortion doula. I haven’t had the opportunity to speak much about that work and am really looking forward to it.

Since the NARAL event is a fundraiser, tickets are $125. But they are offering a special activist price! Details about the activist price: “Email Caitlin at caitlin@prochoiceoregon.org to learn more about how to attend the Gala at a deeply discounted activist price, or even for free! Activist tickets are limited – first come first served!”

NARAL sent an interview with me out on their listserve, and an excerpt of it is after the jump. I hope to see some of you there!

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Speaking in SF & NYC this week

Hi folks! Just a quick post to say I have two events coming up this week, the first tonight in NYC and the second on Thursday in San Francisco.

Tonight:

Y + 30: The Future of Women, 7pm, 92Y Tribeca, 200 Hudson St, NYC, $10

Nearly every day, headlines about the “end of men” and the inexorable rise of women are juxtaposed with stark facts about the gender pay gap and the lack of women at the upper echelons of power. Meanwhile, the Internet has changed the daily conversation of and by women of all ages, races, nationalities and sexual orientations, about everything from pop culture to sexuality to politics.

In 30 years, will we still be having the same debates about difference, discrimination and forward development? What will it take to have more women in government, technology and other places where they are underrepresented? How will the role of men change in tandem? This panel, focused on the voices of younger women, will take a stab at answering these questions and more.

Panelists include Rebecca Kousky (founder and executive director of Nest, a nonprofit dedicated to changing the lives of women in developing countries), Kartina Richardson (contributor, Ebert Presents, filmmaker and founder of Mirrorfilm.org), Miriam Zoila Pérez (editor, Feministing; founder, Radical Doula; activist for LGBT issues and immigration rights). Irin Carmon, staff writer at Jezebel.com, moderates.

Thursday:

An Evening with Gloria Steinem and Young Feminist Leaders to benefit the Women’s Media Center

Thursday March 31st, Herbst Theatre, San Francisco, 6pm

A conversation with Gloria Steinem, Lena Chen, Miriam Zoila Perez, Latoya Peterson and Shelby Knox.

Note: There are tickets available for $29 and $15 for students. Click this link to purchase those tickets.

Would love to see some Radical Doula readers at either event!

Speaking: March

Hi folks! Just a little update to say I apologize for the radio silence over here. I’ve been working furiously on an article about the recent billboard campaigns for Colorlines (more to come on that) and also it’s women’s history month so the speaking has picked up again.

Tonight I’m speaking at Syracuse University as part of the Feministing College Tour with my awesome co-Editor Vanessa. Tomorrow we’ll be at Cornell for a lunch discussion, then in California next week for an event at Stanford and at St. Mary’s.

Then I’m heading to Austin for the South by Southwest Interactive conference, where I’ll be an a panel about community engagement with some awesome folks.

Wrapping up March with an event at Babson toward the end of the month.

I try to keep this page updated with all my speaking information, so check it out for details!

I promise to have more doula related blogging soon.

Speaking: Yale University

And the tour continues! Next up is Yale University on Wednesday.

I’m particularly excited to be at Yale because I blogged about the feminist campus community’s response to the antics of a Yale fraternity during rush.

Flyer for Yale event: Feminism's Identity Crisis

As always, if you’re interested in bringing me to your campus or community I’m still booking events for the spring. Get in touch!