I developed a concept called a ‘birth control doula’. Someone who would assist in making decisions about which birth control to be on, especially in times of transitioning from one form to another. This person would provide support, resources and unbiased information. This concept came from my experience as a birth doula and was inspired by the need for more education around reproductive health and the idea of advocating for oneself and ones choices early on so that when the time to choose whether or not to become a parent was presented. I also co founded a project called the fifth vital sign. Framing the menstrual cycle as a vital sign and giving free reproductive health classes focusing on menstrual cycle awareness, feminine hygiene, contraception and more.
Birth Doula work highlighted a need for more and better reproductive health education. Education is the most powerful tool we have and I saw that by bringing their own information about their bodies individual needs people were able to get better and more in depth care and information. I could see the long term and continued affect of introducing simple, unbiased information that could be easily shared.
Lack of unbiased but culturally sensitive, non judgmental reproductive health education.
We have created a core curriculum which can be adapted for different audiences and what stage they are at in their reproductive health but is based upon information and not advice or opinion.
Lack of resources has been a big barrier in some communities. For example in choosing a non hormonal form of birth control many people lack access to the tools they need to use barrier or fertility awareness methods. Providers in many places have not had access to training on such methods so they are not better informed than their patients in some cases.
Training more birth control doulas and providing more one on one support for people making these critical choices about how they manage their fertility and sexual health. Forming a non profit that can continue to inform people about their options,the mechanics of their reproductive systems and the risks and benefits accociated with hormonal birth control. I would like for our curriculum to be available internationally as well as being used inside of major institutions such as clinics and schools