Ajira: You’re listening to Doula Stories, a podcast where we use storytelling to encourage, inform, and love on doulas.

Keelia: Each episode we’ll hear a story about what happens in the birth room from the doula’s perspective. I’m Keelia, she/they…

Ajira: And I’m Ajira, she/they…

Keelia: And we’re so glad you could join us for today’s story.

Today we’re hearing from Ari Stoeffler, who’s a reproductive justice advocate based on unceded Pawtucket and Massachusett land, in what is now known as Boston, Massachusetts. Ari is also a dear, dear friend of mine. We met when we worked together at the…

Ajira: You’re listening to Doula Stories, a podcast where we use storytelling to encourage, inform, and love on doulas.

Keelia: Each episode we’ll hear a story about what happens in the birth room from the doula’s perspective. I’m Keelia, she/they…

Ajira: And I’m Ajira, she/they…

Keelia: And we’re so glad you could join us for today’s story.

Ajira: You’re in for a treat today.We’re each other’s guests, I guess?

Keelia: Yeah!

Ajira: Welcome.

Keelia: Thank you! I’ve never been welcomed to the show!

Ajira: Welcome to the show!

Keelia: Do you want to ask me the millions of questions that…

Ajira: You’re listening to Doula Stories, a podcast where we use storytelling to encourage, inform, and love on doulas.

Keelia: Each episode we’ll hear a story about what happens in the birth room from the doula’s perspective. I’m Keelia, she/they…

Ajira: And I’m Ajira, she/they…

Keelia: And we’re so glad you could join us for today’s story.

Today we’re hearing from Divya Kumar who’s a psychotherapist based in unceded Massachusett land in what is now known as Boston, Massachusetts. Divya, thank you so much for coming on today.

Divya: Oh, thank you so much for having me. …

Ajira: You’re listening to Doula Stories, a podcast where we use storytelling to encourage, inform, and love on doulas.

Keelia: Each episode we’ll hear a story about what happens in the birth room from the doula’s perspective. I’m Keelia, she/they…

Ajira: And I’m Ajira, she/they…

Keelia: And we’re so glad you could join us for today’s story.

Today we’re hearing from Cherie Seah who’s a doula based out of unceded Ohlone territory in what is now known as Oakland. Thanks so much for coming on the show today, Cherie!

Cherie: Thanks so much for having me!

Ajira: We’re so glad…

Ajira: You’re listening to Doula Stories, a podcast where we use storytelling to encourage, inform, and love on doulas.

Keelia: Each episode we’ll hear a story about what happens in the birth room from the doula’s perspective. I’m Keelia, she/they…

Ajira: And I’m Ajira, she/they…

Keelia: And we’re so glad you could join us for today’s story.

Ajira: Before we get started today I wanted to name that we omitted mentioning the land that we’re on and that’s something that is important to us both so we like to acknowledge today that we are on unceded Ohlone territory, AKA San…

Ajira: You’re listening to Doula Stories, a podcast where we use storytelling to encourage, inform, and love on doulas.

Keelia: Each episode we’ll hear a story about what happens in the birth room from the doula’s perspective. I’m Keelia, she/they…

Ajira: And I’m Ajira, she/they…

Keelia: And we’re so glad you could join us for today’s story.

Today we’re hearing from Amadoma Bediako, who’s a doula based in unceded Lenape land, in what is now known as New York City. Amadoma, we are so grateful to have you on the show today. The story we’re hearing today is about the…

Ajira: You’re listening to Doula Stories, a podcast where we use storytelling to encourage, inform, and love on doulas.

Keelia: Each episode we’ll hear a story about what happens in the birth room from the doula’s perspective. I’m Keelia, she/they…

Ajira: And I’m Ajira, she/they…

Keelia: And we’re so glad you could join us for today’s story. Today we’re hearing from Hana Grace Lehmann who’s a doula based out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Hana, thanks so much for coming on the show.

Hana: Yeah, thanks for having me!

Ajira: Tell us about yourself, Hana. We’d love it if you could share…

Ajira: You’re listening to Doula Stories, a podcast where we use storytelling to encourage, inform, and love on doulas.

Keelia: Each episode we’ll hear a story about what happens in the birth room from the doula’s perspective. I’m Keelia, she/they…

Ajira: And I’m Ajira, shey/they…

Keelia: And we’re so glad you could join us for today’s intro episode.

So welcome to the first episode! Like I said I’m Keelia, and Ajira and I are going to take this first episode to tell you about who we are and the kinds of stories we’re going to hear on this podcast. …

Ajira: So this one time I went to a birth, and my client…

Keelia: Wait, Ajira! We should make a podcast about this! Like just sharing stories stories from doulas.

Ajira: Oh, yes, and we could talk about what is it like when your clients entire family has given birth by cesarean they want to have an unmedicated vaginal birth. Or you’re supporting a client virtually for the first time…

Keelia: Yeah, or maybe it’s one of those times when you can’t tell if the person you’re supporting is 1 centimeter dilated or 9 cm dilated but they decide to…

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