In 2009, I graduated from Drew University with Honors in Anthropology and French. For my undergraduate thesis, I decided to do an ethnographic study of doulas in the New York metropolitan area, focusing on a feminist analysis of how their presence in the delivery room — or lack thereof — affected the childbirth experience.
After completing my degree, I continued to conduct research. I wanted to include doulas from more diverse backgrounds, including doulas who provided volunteer services, who worked with women making adoption plans or terminating their pregnancy, doulas of color, LGBTQ doulas, and others. While I never completed my research in this area, I did have the opportunity to speak with many, many amazing childbirth/reproductive rights activists to whom I’m very grateful for their time and work.
Despite the gaps in my research, I still think it’s worthwhile to put my reflections and experiences with doulas out there. I hope you find Birth Junkies of value.