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Winners of the Barbara Roberts Memorial Fund Prize, 2022

Please join us in congratulating Martha Paynter and her research team members Lauren Matheson and Clark MacIntosh, whose project “Queering Doula Practice and Training in Nova Scotia” is the recipient of the 2022 Barbara Roberts Memorial Fund Prize. Paynter is the founder and coordinator of Wellness Within, a Halifax-based non-profit organization supporting women, transgender, and nonbinary individuals who have experienced criminalization in the perinatal period in carceral institutions and the community. In this project, the researchers will undertake community-based research with Queer-specific doula training participants. The findings of this research will be shared widely with 2SLGBTQIA+ and sexual health organizations, and will be used to enhance Queer Doula Trainings and ultimately the birth support options for Queer birthing persons and families. Congratulations Martha, Lauren, and Clark!