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Undaunted: How Abortion Doulas Support You

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An illustration with the episode title “Undaunted” featuring someone sitting at a table in a red shirt texting on their yellow phone. Sitting on the table is a gray and white pamphlet with a red cross and the phrase “Getting To Know Your Local Abortion Fund” written on it. Foregrounded on the left-hand side of the illustration is a text conversation with the contact “Doula” that features this exchange. DOULA: “Thanks for being so open with me on our call. I’m with you every step of the way, and I’ll be there to pick you up tomorrow right after the procedure finishes.” Texter in the photo: “Amazing. I have a few more questions. Okay if I send those your way?”  DOULA: Three dots indicating that they are typing.
Charnel Hunter

Before recording this episode, Anita would have turned to Google for her burning questions about abortion. But now, she knows better. She meets two abortion doulas who share the practical and philosophical components of their job. They reflect on what has changed for them since the overturn of Roe v. Wade, and what's stayed the same for their alternative and community-based networks of care.

Meet the guests:

If you’re interested in finding an abortion fund or practical support organization in your area and learning more about what they do, these sites may be helpful:
https://apiaryps.org/pso-list
https://www.ineedana.com/
https://abortionfunds.org/funds/

Read the transcriptReview the podcast

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Kaia Findlay is the lead producer of Embodied, WUNC's weekly podcast and radio show about sex, relationships and health. Kaia first joined the WUNC team in 2020 as a producer for The State of Things.
Anita Rao is an award-winning journalist, host, creator, and executive editor of "Embodied," a weekly radio show and podcast about sex, relationships & health.