The Harm Reduction Approach

Harm Reduction is a client-centered approach used within programming, practices and policies that aim to reduce negative outcomes of recreational drug use and sexual activity without requiring abstinence. Harm reduction is meeting people where they are.

What does this have to do with doula work? As a doula, we work with clients from varied backgrounds and although we may have a method in our toolkit we believe may help our client, if they are not ready to try that method we must meet them where they are. All birthing parents should have a doula. Emotional support during the pre and post natal period is crucial for parents of all backgrounds. All birthing parents deserve kindness, compassion, respect and to be met where they are without judgment.

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