An ‘abortion doula’ who has witnessed over 2,000 life-ending procedures described in a Sunday article how she helps women, even those who are unconscious, as they have abortions.
“Witnessing is a big part of what doulas do,” abortion doula Vicki Bloom told BBC News. “Some people find it a great comfort to know someone they know, and who they connected with, will be there during the procedure, even if they’re asleep.”
Women who have late-term abortions will often be unconscious during the invasive procedure.
“I had thought that would feel weird while they were terminating a pregnancy, but actually it makes a lot of sense,” Bloom told BBC.
A doula is defined as a “professional who provides continues physical, emotional and information support to a mother before, during and shortly after childbirth to help her achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible.”
Bloom, a 50-year-old former food scientist is a volunteer doula for “The Doula Project,” an initiative that began in 2007 and seeks to provide care for women as they experience both childbirth and abortion. All doulas must be comfortable helping women deliver or abort their babies.
The Doula Project seeks to provide care to all women “whether they face birth, miscarriage, stillbirth, fetal anomaly, or abortion,” according to its website. The volunteer-run project is largely made up of social workers, social justice activists, teachers, educators and reproductive health professionals.
“I will stand up by their head and be looking into that person’s eyes, ready for whatever they need, while the doctor is doing the procedure,” Bloom described. “Even in clinics where staff are amazing, having someone in that dedicated role can be so valuable.”
Bloom also noted that she will provide support for women aborting who are already mothers and may need reassurance that they are good parents despite their choice to have an abortion.
There are no standard practices or required qualifications for abortion doulas. Most are volunteers that join a group serving clinics and hospitals.
Less than half of respondents in a December 2017 study said there were significant positives that came from their decision to abort. Roughly 32 percent of respondents said there were no large positives and 22 percent did not respond to the question. Fifteen percent of women experienced significant bouts of depression after their abortions, the study showed.
The Doula Project did not respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.
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