Philly: Radical Doulas & Reproductive Justice event on Wednesday March 27

I’m heading out this week to do two speaking events, so if you’re in the Philly area, you should join!

I love any and all opportunity to talk about the activism I’m involved in, and I’m beyond pleased that doula work is gaining enough prominence that I get more and more requests to come speak about it.

On Wednesday I’ll be speaking at the University of Pennsylvania, hosted by groups primarily in the Nursing School. Major thanks to Ryan Pryor who organized the event! I’ll be talking about doulas, reproductive justice and community-based interventions to health care. I’m jazzed to be speaking to future health care professionals–a group that has the power to really change our health care system.


Radical Doulas & Reproductive Justice: Community-based health

Miriam Zoila Perez will talk about her work as a full-spectrum doula, writer and activist. There is a growing movement of doulas working to improve pregnant people’s health care experiences through one-on-one emotional, physical and informational suport. How are doulas changing health care experiences? How can providers collaborate with doulas? Miriam will discuss this important and growing movement, and it’s many connections to health care activist work. 

Event co-hosted by Nurses PUSH, Nursing Students for Choice, Med Students for Choice, LGBTPM+, GAPSA, Nursing Student Services and Penn LGBT Center.

Wednesday March 27th, 12pm-1pm, Claire M. Fagin Hall, University of Pennsylvannia

Facebook event here.

In the evening there will also be a get together, for those who can’t make the event and folks who want to talk more. Details: New Deck Tavern on 34th and Sansom (3408 Sansom St  Philadelphia, PA 19104), 7:30-9:30pm

On Thursday I’ll be speaking at the Queer and Trans Conference at Swarthmore College, my alma mater! I’ll be hosting a workshop about Queering Reproductive Justice.

I’ll have Radical Doula Guides with me for sale at both events. Hope to see you there Philly!


Minneapolis Radical Doula Guide Release Party!

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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!).


Tuesday November 27
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.

The Radical Doula Guide NYC Launch Party!

Cover image for The Radical Doula Guide, with pregnant person holding a sheet across the chest and constellations in the background

After many months of hard work, editing and wrangling, The Radical Doula Guide is finally in the last stages of production!

So we’re throwing a party.

The Radical Doula Guide NYC Launch Party

Wednesday August 8th, 6pm-9pm

duckduck bar
153 Montrose Ave
(2 blocks from Montrose Ave L train) 
Brooklyn, NY 11206

Benefiting The Doula Project

Raffle, photo booth, drink specials and more!

Please note updated venue!

Those of you who pre-ordered the guide through the indiegogo campaign will receive it in the mail by the end of August, but if you are in NYC this is your chance to come pick it up in person, hang out with other doulas and doula supporters, and get your copy early!

If you haven’t pre-ordered a guide, but happen to live in the NYC area, this is your first chance to purchase one for the post-fundraiser price of $12 (and no shipping!).

I’ve poured many, many hours and lots of sweat into this 48 page political primer for doulas, and I’m really excited to finally be able to get it out into the world. I really hope it will be a useful tool for all and have much gratitude to everyone who helped make this happen.

Facebook event here. I hope to see many of you there! At the event we’ll also be raising funds for The Doula Project, a group that I helped to found that provides free support across the spectrum of pregnancy to folks in NYC.

I also have tentative plans to do launch parties in other cities (DC, Bay Area, ?) so stay tuned.

Cover Design by Joy Liu, Swash Design Studio