Reproductive Left

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Frank, honest, and accurate information on sexual and reproductive health from local Maine experts. Reproductive Left, hosted by Abbie Strout, tackles a different topic each month that influences our sexual and reproductive health. Previous topics have included abortion stigma, the choice to be childfree, reproductive coercion, and sex-positive feminism. The show ends with Ask Mabel where Terry Marley-DeRosier, WHNP or Lindsey Piper, WHNP answer sexual and reproductive health questions! Produced in collaboration by WERU-FM and Mabel Wadsworth Women's Health Center. New episodes the first Tuesday of each month.


  • Substance Use, Pregnancy, and Parenting: an interview with Cait Vaughan part 2

    25/03/2022 Duración: 20min

    Join us where we left off in the previous episode with part 2 of the interview with Cait Vaughan! Aspen and Cait continue the conversation and discuss how other elements of oppression interact with our attitudes around substance use, pregnancy, and parenting. Resources: Repro Legal Defense Fund -> National Advocates for Pregnant Women -> Movement for Family Power -> NWLC--forced sterilization ->…n-the-united-states/ "Killing the Black Body" by Dorothy E. Roberts Image credit: Kelly Sikkema via Unsplash

  • Substance Use, Pregnancy, and Parenting: an interview with Cait Vaughan part 1

    25/02/2022 Duración: 37min

    In this month's episode of Reproductive Left, join our host as they interview reproductive health advocacy powerhouse Cait Vaughan about substance use, pregnancy, and parenting. This topic has a lot of myths and misunderstandings, from the actual impact of substance use on pregnancy to what even "counts" as a substance. Join us in March for part 2! Resources: Repro Legal Defense Fund -> National Advocates for Pregnant Women -> Movement for Family Power -> NWLC--forced sterilization -> "Killing the Black Body" by Dorothy E. Roberts Image: Anna Civolani (via Unsplash)

  • The PrEPisode

    28/01/2022 Duración: 37min

    Join Aspen as they interview Mabel Wadsworth Center Nurse Practitioner Finn about PrEP, an important HIV prevention medication. What is PrEP, and who is it for? Why don't more people know about it? Aspen and Finn answer these questions and more in this month's PrEPisode! Image: Stillness InMotion (via Unsplash)

  • What's up with hymens?

    30/12/2021 Duración: 10min

    To finish up 2021, Aspen is exploring the ins and outs of hymens! What really is the hymen, anyways? Does a hymen by any other name perpetuate the same patriarchal sexual values? Why is the image for this episode a crown? Join us to answer these questions and more! Image: Nathan Mcgregor (via Unsplash)

  • Fertility Care

    29/11/2021 Duración: 37min

    In this episode of Reproductive Left, join Aspen as they chat with Sarah Haas (they/she), local queer sex educator, about fertility care. What are the barriers to accessing it? What's the bad fertility advice we're all tired of hearing? What are the different barriers faced by cisgender/straight people seeking fertility care and LGBTQ+ people? Listen as we answer these questions and more! Image: Dainis Graveris (via Unsplash)

  • Witches and Midwives

    29/10/2021 Duración: 18min

    Happy Spooky Season! For our October episode, join Aspen as they explore the history of witches, midwives, and where the two overlap. From the history of witch hunts that Hollywood never told you to the present realities of childbirth. Grab some candy corn, light some candles, and enjoy! Image: Ksenia Yakovleva (via Unsplash) References: Witches, Midwives, and Nurses by Barbara Ehrenreich and Deirdre English

  • Lube

    24/09/2021 Duración: 25min

    Osmolality and pH and stigma, oh my! Join our host Aspen as they delve into the slippery world of sexual lubricant. What's the deal with osmolality? This isn't chemistry class, so why does pH matter? Who needs lube? We'll answer all of these questions and more in this episode of Reproductive Left, featuring an interview with Nurse Practitioner Lindsey Piper! Image: Deon Black (via Unsplash) References:;jsessionid=F2717415C8839529E67BECDA8A7D2D46?sequence=1

  • Herpes

    27/08/2021 Duración: 18min

    Join our host Aspen as they discuss herpes and the stigma surrounding it. Why is such a common virus that usually has a minimal impact on people's lives seen as such a big deal? If someone has herpes, what do they do? What's the deal with cold sores? How many people have herpes? Explore all of these questions and more on this episode of Reproductive Left! Image: Sincerely Media (via Unsplash) Reference list:

  • Interview with Samaa Abdurraqib

    30/07/2021 Duración: 51min

    Join our host Aspen and special guest Samaa Abdurraqib as they discuss Samaa's poetry and how different elements of identity influence her work. Along with being a talented and published writer, Samaa is a dear friend, supporter, and board member of Mabel Wadsworth Center. Image: Nicolas Messifet (via Unsplash)

  • Feminist Poetry

    25/06/2021 Duración: 44min

    Join our host Aspen as they discuss the topic of feminist poetry. What is feminist poetry, and who is a feminist poet? Enjoy some of their favorite feminist poets along with favorites from other members of the Mabel Wadsworth Center team as we explore poetry that touches on sexuality, identity, and more! Image:Laura Chouette (via Unsplash)

  • Interview with a Trans Educator Part 3

    28/05/2021 Duración: 44min

    Join Cat and Aspen for the final installment of their three-part adventure in exploring gender.

  • Interview with a Trans Educator Part 2

    30/04/2021 Duración: 21min

    Join Cat and Aspen for part two of a three-part adventure in exploring gender! In this episode, the pair focuses on gender roles in our culture. Our host Aspen could talk about gender all day, the final episode in the series will be released in May.

  • Interview with a Trans Educator

    26/03/2021 Duración: 28min

    Join Cat and Aspen for a three-part adventure in exploring gender! In this episode, the pair focuses on a few identity labels and language questions. Our host Aspen could talk about gender all day, and this conversation spread across three episodes is just the tip of the iceberg. Image: Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash

  • Body Positivity: an Intro

    26/02/2021 Duración: 17min

    In this episode, Cat and Aspen talk about the successes and shortcomings of the body positivity movement, how the fat acceptance movement has always been led by Black women, and some of the historical influences on diet culture and fatphobia in our society today. Do you know what the eugenics movement and the BMI have in common? Join us to find out and dip your toes into the huge topic that is body positivity! Photo by AllGo - An App For Plus Size People on Unsplash Theme music by: WinkingFox

  • A Sample of Past Episodes

    14/05/2018 Duración: 26min

    On this episode, we make a big announcement regarding the future of Reproductive Left and air a mix-up of past interviews. This gives you a taste of what you can find in the Reproductive Left archives.

  • Domestic Violence Prevention with Regina Rooney

    09/04/2018 Duración: 30min

    On this episode, we talk with Regina Rooney, the education and communication director at the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence. Regina discusses the role of the coalition in the state of Maine and describes the work of their membership organizations. We explore topics like domestic violence within LGBTQ communities, how partner abuse can look different in teen relationships and reproductive coercion. We wrap up the episode with our "Ask Mabel" segment where we are hearing women's stories regarding their own experiences with birth control. On this show, Terry talks about using the birth control method fertility awareness.

  • How to heal after sexual assault with Gail Foss, RN, LADC

    08/03/2018 Duración: 28min

    In this episode, we are discussing the #metoo movement from the perspective of healing. With us is Gail Foss, RN and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor, we talk about how she helps women and men heal after experiencing sexual violence. In the interview, Gail opens up about her own experience and tells us a little bit about what needs to be done to change our culture so this doesn't continue to happen. In the "Ask Mabel" segment we learn about the Mirena IUD.

  • Providing Abortion Care with Dr. Jamila Perritt

    08/02/2018 Duración: 29min

    On January 18, 2018, we had the privilege of hosting Jamila Perritt MD MPH FACOG for our annual Roe v. Wade celebration. She spoke about her experience as an abortion provider, shared her story along with stories of the women she takes care of and highlighted why reproductive justice is what we all need to be working towards. Jamila Perritt MD MPH FACOG is a board-certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist who specializes in Family Planning and Reproductive Health. Dr. Perritt is a graduate of Howard University College of Medicine and completed her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. She completed a Family Planning Fellowship at The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. During her fellowship training, Dr. Perritt received a Masters Degree in Public Health from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. After completion of her fellowship, she returned to her hometown of Washington, DC where she served as the Medical Director at Planned Par

  • Paid Leave and Childcare with Kathy Kilrain del Rio

    12/01/2018 Duración: 26min

    As we begin this new year, we thought it was important to host an episode that focuses on two topics that are central to women's equality and reproductive justice: paid leave and childcare. Joining us for this episode is Kathy Kilrain del Rio the director of program and development at the Maine Women's Lobby. We've changed things up in our "Ask Mabel" segment. This year, we are focusing our "Ask Mabel" segment on birth control. On each episode, we will hear from the true expert themselves, women who use birth control. Following their story, our nurse practitioners will answer questions about that specific birth control method. On this episode, Casey explains why she uses birth control pills and Terry Marley-DeRosier, WHNP answers common questions about the method.

  • Why the Courts Matter: an Update with Eliza Townsend

    07/12/2017 Duración: 29min

    Just over a year ago, we interviewed the executive director of the Maine Women's Lobby, Eliza Townsend, about why the federal courts matter and how they impact our daily lives. She highlighted the power a president holds in regards to their nominations and the impact of their appointments. A lot has changed since November 2016 and on this episode, we invited Eliza Townsend back to give us an update on "Why the Courts Matter." To learn more you can visit: In our "Ask Mabel" segment, Nurse Practitioner, Lindsey Piper gives us an overview of all the birth control options and we announce an exciting addition to our podcast starting next year.

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