A New Advocate for Birth Justice at Chicago Volunteer Doulas

I am delighted to share that today Chicago Volunteer Doulas (CVD) announced that Jeanine Valrie, MPH will take over the position of Program Director for the agency. I am both a Volunteer Doula as well as a board member for CVD and an email sent from the agency this morning to volunteers states:

Jeanine brings a strong background in maternal-child health and program coordination with her. She graduated from The George Washington University with a Masters in Public Health in Global Health Policy and has studied midwifery for the out-of-hospital setting. Jeanine has led programs with community groups in both Chicago and Washington, D.C. Jeanine is active in areas of social justice and very committed to CVD’s expansion to serve more women. She has experience presenting at conferences, including just this past weekend at the ICTC Conference in Florida! And to top it off, Jeanine is a doula and lactation consultant, happy to support you all in your endeavors as birth workers. (hyperlink added)

She joins Executive Director, Michele Shade, phD, as one of the agency’s two paid staff members. Jeanine begins shadowing outgoing Program Director, Jinnie Hoggarth, CD(DONA), today and will fully transition into the position in the next two weeks.

This is also a notable occasion for the agency not just because Jeanine will make a great addition, but also because it’s a sign CVD is growing up! It marks the first full-fledged, paid staff change since the agency incorporated as a non-profit after years of being coordinated by its foremother, Sue Gottschall, CD(DONA) and a host of other dedicated volunteers.

Chicago Volunteer Doulas also includes over 80 Volunteer Doulas who provide on-call labor support at four Chicago hospitals; traditional one-on-one doula support at hospitals across the Chicagoland area; birth preparation classes and new mother groups.

Find out more, and consider giving the agency your support as well!