Read my lips: Learning with the Vajionary

Introducing the Vajionary.

The Vajionary serves as a reference tool for feminist jargon and vocabulary. It’s sole purpose is to educate and enrich language use for activists, teachers and feminists in any capacity.  I know this will sound corny but knowledge is power. Also doesn’t vajionary sound an awful lot like visionary? Oh the power of feminine prefixes.

Doula (dou·lah)

noun-

The word doula is an ancient Greek term that translates to “caregiver.”  A doula provides emotional support, pain management and relaxation techniques, and information to her clients as needed. 

Types of Doulas

 Birth Doulas will provide all of the above throughout a client’s labor and delivery, as well as the immediate postpartum period (about two hours after the baby has been born).  The doula meets with clients prenatally to talk about birthing preferences, the creation of a birth plan, and to practice different positions and relaxation techniques for labor. Additionally, a birth doula provides a postpartum visit to review the client’s birth experience and refer them to any resources they may need. 

 Abortion Doulas will provide all of the above to clients who are choosing to terminate the pregnancy.  The doula will stay with the client throughout her procedure, as well as part of the recovery period, and will remain in touch with the client as she desires thereafter.

({This definition has been provided The Doula Project of NYC})

 

Now for extra credit use Doula in a complete sentence. I’ll go first who is your Doula?

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