Virtual Caregiving: Telemedicine and abortion doula care during COVID-19 with Jessica Brandon



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Event Information

Join us as we welcome Jessica Brandon (she/her) for Virtual Caregiving: Telemedicine and abortion doula care during COVID-19 on Wednesday, April 21st from 8:00 to 10:00PM EST over Zoom! This workshop is a part of The CSPH's Sex Education for Professionals track. The content of this workshop is best suited for sexuality professionals and professionals in allied fields.

This workshop will be recorded and will be made available for a limited time to everyone who registers.

This workshop facilitates a conversation about advocacy and support for people seeking medical abortions through the lens of doula care. It will provide an overview of current barriers to abortion, including restrictive legislation, lack of physical access to clinics or medication, and social stigma. In the context of the pandemic, these barriers are amplified, but not new. Through a discussion of doula models of care and abortion advocacy work, the workshop explores what is possible when physical support is not an option, what virtual caregiving can mean and look like, and how we might carry these practices through and beyond COVID-19. How are practicing doulas doing this work, and what can support people of all kinds learn and implement in relationships with people getting abortions? Grounded in questions of access and interdependency, virtual caregiving is a valuable practice in the context of medical and self-managed abortions and abortion advocacy organizing.

Through this workshop, participants will:

  • Understand the different options for nonphysical and virtual ways to support people seeking an abortion or self managing their abortion;

  • Be encouraged to engage in a dialogue about our conceptualizations of caregiving through the lens of disability studies and contend with patient experiences across race, class, disability, gender, and sexuality.


About Jessica Brandon

Jessica Brandon (she/her) is a recent graduate from Wesleyan University, where she majored in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Sociology. As a member of the Wesleyan Doula Project (WDP), the first U.S. college-based doula collective, she provided support to people during abortion procedures at local clinics. As a WDP intern, Jessica supported the project through independent research on contraception and abortion access for people who are incarcerated. She is a Sexuality Educator at Planned Parenthood Greater New York, and previously coordinated Adolescent Sexual Health Awareness (ASHA), Wesleyan’s student-run sex education organization. She is also a trained sexual assault survivor advocate.



Tickets are available on a sliding scale ($3-$30) to ensure folx of varying economic backgrounds are able to access the sex education they deserve. We ask those who have the financial means to help "spread the wealth" by contributing to the community pool so that we can offer a limited number of sponsored free tickets to those who need it.

We kindly ask that those who have the financial means to purchase a ticket do so, and save our sponsored free tickets to those who do not.

To access this workshop for free, please enter the code CSPH-FREE when registering.

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