The more challenging part is finding fresh but neutral points of conversation. I want to keep her distracted and entertained but dodge any potentially emotionally triggering topics…
Hand holding can be emotionally draining. On days where this is my role, I usually will go home, eat junk food, and watch either an Tina Fey [sic] or Amy Poehler sitcom to return me to a reasonable level of my emotional equilibrium. I want to watch something funny and silly, but still with a feminist undertone….
If you have the opportunity to hand hold at your clinic, I recommend attempting it at least once. It is not for everyone, but I have definitely learned more in that position than in my entire career of reproductive justice.
Handholding [sic] is like a good Barbara Walters segment, it’s a soft interview and sometimes, the guest cries.
~ Anonymous guest blogger describing her experience as the un-official hand holder at the abortion facility where she works, Abortion Gang, October 19
Photo via Women’s Health In Women’s Hands