Throughout history, many societies have the tradition of birth doulas: non-medically trained people who support the pregnant person during childbirth. In a similar vein, abortion doulas assist pregnant people during abortions.
Over the last decade, there has been increasing evidence for the positive impact of abortion doulas, largely in the emotional and social support they provide.
Despite the pressure COVID-19 has put on sexual and reproductive healthcare (SRH), the pandemic has also created opportunities for the work of abortion doulas to be integrated into SRH. This BMJ article explores the development of abortion doula training in Northern Ireland, within the pandemic context.
Read the full article on the BMJ