“It has been such a process learning how to advocate for my clients respectfully.”

Featured Episodes of Birth Allowed Radio

Doula Kirsten Clark

“That Day as a Doula, I Felt Like a Witness to Rape”


How to Advocate Without Getting Kicked Out

Doula Gena Kirby

On Getting Dads & Partners Involved in Birth

Rebecca Dekker

Doulas, Advocacy, and Oppressing Ourselves

Caroline Malatesta

$16M Plaintiff Talks About Doulas & Birth Assault

L&D Nurse

Obstetric Violence on the Job & How to Make Change

Alabama Doula

Culture Shift in Alabama, Assault in Labor & Delivery

New York Doula

Wrestling With Trauma & Misogyny on the Job

Witnessing Obstetric Violence

Obstetric violence is normalized mistreatment of women and birthing people in the childbirth setting. It is an attempt to control a woman’s body and decisions, violating her autonomy and dignity. It has also been termed “disrespect & abuse” by the World Health Organization.

Over 60% of doulas and L&D nurses in the U.S. and Canada report they “occasionally” or “often” see providers administering a procedure without giving the patient a choice or time to consider it. (2014 Maternity Support Survey)

Have You Witnessed Obstetric Violence?

Obstetric Violence & What To Do About It

Experienced doulas Traci Weafer and Hannah Ellis give a masterclass in preventing and responding to obstetric violence in the hospital

Interested in learning more? Traci Weafer coaches and mentors doulas at all stages of their practice.  Hannah Ellis offers an in-person obstetric violence workshop for doulas in the Huntsville, Alabama, area.


Birth Rape and the Doula

With researcher and doula extraordinaire Amy Gilliland, PhD, author of Doulaing the Doula

When Your Lawyer is Your Doula

Human rights lawyer Hermine Hayes-Klein shares about her first experience as a lawyer-doula: “This is for the doulas, and anybody else interested in human rights in maternity care.”

Birth Rights

Before you can support clients and patients in their rights, you’ve got to know what those rights are!  Learn about the legal and human rights of people giving birth.

Support Your Clients in Their Rights

A “must” course for every doula.  Learn about your clients’ most important basic rights, the forces that shape those rights, and what’s happening now in birth rights.  Arm yourself with information to give you and your client confidence, plus resources you can take right into the hospital with you.

Resources for Doulas

Are you a Doula who needs information on preventing and responding to obstetric violence on the job?

Learn more here.

What Can I Do to Prevent or Respond to Obstetric Violence?

  • Find a provider more likely to provide respectful care. COMING SOON
  • Watch two Alabama doulas discuss how they successfully advocate for clients in hostile environments. VIEW VIDEO >
  • Watch for Mother May I, the upcoming documentary on abuse and trauma in Labor & Delivery. WATCH

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