Storm O’Brink (they/them/their) is the volunteer coordinator for the Rape Victim Advocacy Program in Iowa City and a full-spectrum doula. They started their career in anti-violence work in 2016 at Transformative Healing, an LGBTQIA centered sexual assault advocacy program which was defunded in 2017. They are a co-creator of the Queer Health Advocates program and a co-facilitator of the Queer Art Healing Group. They graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in communications- public relations and journalism. They are the instructor of a course, Responding to Sexual Violence, at the University of Iowa’s School of Social Work. They have facilitated many workshops for healthcare professionals on sexual violence, medical violence, and LGBTQIA healthcare, including serving as a consultant and co-instructor for the course Clinical Skills for Responding to Sexual Violence in Carver College of Medicine. In their role at RVAP they specialize in working with survivors of medical and obstetric violence, as well as LGBTQIA survivors. They also provide technical assistance and training to any organization looking to improve services to survivors. Storm’s areas of interest in doula work include birth and medical trauma, postpartum services, reproductive healthcare, trans families, and abortion.
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