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#5 The More You Know...December 2023

#5 The More You Know

#5 The More You Know...

...the better Birth Justice advocate you can be. Here's CVD's monthly list of terms to help you improve your knowledge of terms used in our birthing community.

A Grief Doula and an Abortion Doula are two distinct types of support providers who offer their services during different life experiences. Here's an explanation of the differences between the two:

Grief Doula:

   - Role: A Grief Doula is a trained professional who provides emotional, practical, and spiritual support to individuals and families who are dealing with grief and loss. They assist people during various stages of grief, such as after the death of a loved one, the loss of a pregnancy, a stillbirth, or other significant losses.

   - Services: Grief Doulas offer a range of services, including listening and providing a safe space for individuals to express their emotions, helping with funeral or memorial planning, offering guidance on navigating the grieving process, and connecting people to additional resources for grief support.

   - Focus: The primary focus of a Grief Doula is to support those who are grieving and to help them cope with their emotions and the challenges that come with loss. They do not have a role in decision-making regarding the cause of the grief.

Abortion Doula:

   - Role: An Abortion Doula, also known as a Reproductive Health Doula, is a trained companion who provides non-judgmental support and information to individuals before, during, and after an abortion. Their role is to offer emotional support, comfort, and practical assistance to those seeking abortion services.

   - Services: Abortion Doulas may help individuals understand their options, provide information about the abortion process and aftercare, accompany them to appointments, and offer emotional support during what can be a sensitive and challenging time.

   - Focus: The focus of an Abortion Doula is on the person seeking an abortion and ensuring that they have a supportive and respectful experience. They do not advocate for or against abortion but rather provide compassionate care to those making this personal choice.

The key difference between a Grief Doula and an Abortion Doula lies in the life events they provide support for. A Grief Doula assists individuals dealing with various forms of grief and loss, while an Abortion Doula offers support to those seeking abortion services without taking a stance on the decision itself. Both types of Doulas aim to provide comfort, emotional support, and guidance to those they serve during critical moments in their lives.

Gender Fluidity - gen·der /ˈjendər/ flu·id·i·ty /flo͞oˈidədē/ noun

  • Gender fluidity is the ability to freely and knowingly become one or many of a limitless number of genders at any time, at any rate of change.

Cervix - cer·vix /ˈsərˌviks/ noun

  • A constricted portion of an organ or part, especially: the narrow outer end of the uterus

Trigger (Warning) - trig·ger /ˈtriɡər/  warn·ing /ˈwôrniNG/ noun

  • A statement cautioning that content (as in a text, video, or class) may be disturbing or upsetting

Safer Space -/sāf spās/ noun

  • A place or environment in which a person or category of people can feel confident that they will not be exposed to discrimination, criticism, harassment, or any other emotional or physical harm.

Chestfeeding/Breastfeeding - chest/breastfeed /ˈbres(t)ˌfēd/ verb

  • Feeding your baby milk from your breast. The term 'chestfeeding' is often used as a way for transgender and nonbinary parents to describe how they feed and nurture their babies after childbirth. It is the same concept as breastfeeding.


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