Cory Ellen Gatrall (1979 – )


Inspiration for Activism Part II –

  • Ally, advocate, and activist for Reproductive Justice
  • Full spectrum OB/sexual and reproductive health nurse, including abortion services
  • Five College Associate and historian of nursing and medicine
  • Former full spectrum doula, childbirth educator, and lactation counselor, supporting pregnant people through all reproductive outcomes
  • Founder of LA For Choice

My story

I came to nursing through activism, rather than the other way around. For fifteen years before I went to nursing school, I organized and agitated in my communities around issues related to reproductive choice and health. Becoming a nurse was the way to bring my passion for care work and my passion for reproductive justice together. Now I work at the bedside in labor & delivery/postpartum care as well as in abortion services. In addition, I hold an appointment as a Five College Associate, which supports me in researching, writing, and speaking about the history of nursing and medicine. Right now I am investigating the historical development of the cultural competency model in nursing and nursing education, with the goal of moving us as a field toward structural competency without reproducing the problems of earlier models.

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