Welcome to the New Provider Project!

Posted on 4.10.2012 by Admin

The Provider Project began as a way of collecting the stories of people who work in abortion care.

We recognize, however, that abortion is part of a whole world of women’s health care that we want to write about.

So we’re broadening our mission and introducing a new editorial board of people who have experience ranging from emergency medicine to abortion counseling to doula-ing and herbalism.

From now on, we’ll be bringing you stories and commentary from multiple areas of women’s wellness, which we define as a multidimensional state which encompasses not only an individual's physical, emotional and mental health but also interpersonal and community support.

We all share in common a desire to radically change the way women’s health care is understood and delivered, and we each bring different experiences to that mission. We hope to bring you commentary about breaking news related to reproductive justice, as well as insights and stories from the broader world of health and wellness.

Here’s a little about each of our new editorial board members:

Chantal Tape is an anarchist/radical feminist who is passionate about empowering and accessible health care. She is a trained birth doula and former abortion counselor. As an abortion care provider, Chantal witnessed firsthand the personal and political obstacles that women face when trying to obtain safe, legal abortion services. She is committed to fighting the negative effects of capitalism and patriarchy on women's health, while promoting a holistic vision of wellness that encompasses the physical as well as the emotional and social.

Chantal currently lives in Providence, RI and works as a medical scribe in the Emergency Department. When she grows up, she hopes to become a doctor and specialize in Obstetrics and Gynecology. In her free time, she enjoys baking, dancing, and talking about abortion.

Contact: chantal@theproviderproject.org

Lily Shield has worked in abortion clinics for the past three years, and she hopes one day to found a reproductive health clinic where empowering, patient-centered care is the standard. She is a trained counselor in the subjects of abortion, pregnancy options, and birth control, and also enjoys working on the medical side of the clinic. She hopes that the framework of reproductive justice will one day make “pro-choice” an obsolete anachronism.

Lily lives in Connecticut with her partner and future dog, and plans to go to nursing school within a few years. Besides living and breathing reproductive health care, she enjoys lifting weights, reading the feminist blogosphere, and watching both trashy and quality TV.

Contact: lily@theproviderproject.org

Kelly Nichols is an educator and aspiring nurse who dreams of one day opening a free clinic where allopathic and holistic health modalities can coexist. After graduating from Brown University in 2009 with a degree in Environmental Studies, she spent a year apprenticing with herbalist Mary Blue at Farmacy Herbs, in Providence, RI. A trained birth doula, she is passionate about justice across the spectrum of reproductive choices, from abortion access to childbirth options.

Kelly currently lives and works in San Francisco, CA as a school garden educator, teaching urban elementary school students about ecology, nutrition, and food justice. She is interested in exploring the many dimensions of healing, the social and political elements of wellness, and the history of popular health movements.

Contact: kelly@theproviderproject.org

Amy Littlefield is a former abortion counselor and an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Providence Journal, Women’s eNews, Gender Across Borders, New Politics magazine, the Providence Phoenix and other outlets. She currently splits her time between Providence and New York City, where she is a news production fellow for the independent TV/radio news hour Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman. (All opinions on this site are solely her own.)

Amy founded the Provider Project in 2011 after working as an abortion counselor for more than two years. After witnessing the shame and stigma of abortion firsthand, she wanted to find a way to fight back against the shame machine -- and honor the providers who make abortion care their life’s work. She believes our stories have the power to bust through the stigma and spark a revolution in women’s health.

Contact: amy@theproviderproject.org

See our new mission statement here!

If you’re interested in writing for the Provider Project, or in being interviewed, please contact amy@theproviderproject.org or chantal@theproviderproject.org.