This comprehensive training was developed by Birth Mark* and The Abortion Doula to cover everything we consider essential to providing abortion support in Canada. It is a labour of love and hope for increased access to intentional community support for folks who have abortions and those who care for them.

You don’t need to be a doula or plan to be one to benefit from this training! 

You'll build a strong foundation to support anyone having an abortion no matter your role or context. Past participants have included doulas, community workers, therapists, social workers, advocates, and folks who just wanted to learn more about abortion! Check out what they had to say about the training below.

*Birth Mark is a charity organization providing free full-spectrum doula support and registration in this training directly supports our abortion services including 1-1 logistical & abortion doula support, after abortion support, and abortion care packages. Thank you for your support 

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About the Trainer

Mel Fuller

Mel (she/her) is an abortion doula, educator, and the Abortion Support Program Manager at Birth Mark. Her work focuses on navigating the barriers and bridging the gaps that often make abortion inaccessible.

Mel has been sharing her passion for sexual and reproductive health for over a decade through writing, workshops, and individual support. While completing her master’s in sexology, she became interested in social stigma as a barrier to accessing support. Using a qualitative approach to her thesis research, she witnessed the impact of holding a kind, non-directive space for participants to share their experiences and needs without judgement.

Inspired to deepen her ability to hold this space, Mel trained as a birth and abortion doula. She then co-founded the Montreal Abortion Access Project (MAAP) and has since expanded her skills with training in pregnancy options counselling, sex & pregnancy support, pregnancy loss support, and grief literacy.

As a doula, Mel views every client as the expert of their own experience and holds space for them to catch their breath. As a trainer, she values flexibility, connection, and creating spaces where everyone can show up exactly as they are.

Mel can be found on Instagram @theabortiondoula and at www.theabortiondoula.ca

This training was created with the generous support of Oxfam Canada and Global Affairs Canada through the Her Future Her Choice Financial Support for Community-Based SRHR Initiative.