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Doula pilot is a game-changer for pregnant women in prison

A pilot program that provides doula services to people who are pregnant behind bars in Pennsylvania is being hailed a major success, and will be expanded.

  • Nearly 60,000 pregnant people are incarcerated each year in the U.S., and most lack support. But seven women in Pa. have gotten help bringing babies into the world, thanks to doula and educator Gerria Coffee.

“She makes us feel like people,” an incarcerated new mother told Billy Penn contributor Courtenay Harris Bond, who also spoke with Coffee about her work.

The Philly history of the Choco Taco, now being discontinued

Yesterday’s confirmation by Klondike that it’s discontinuing the folded snack novelty known as a Choco Taco was met with mourning across the nation.

  • The history of the frozen treat, like so many things, originates in Philadelphia. According to an Eater deep dive from 2016, it was invented by a former ice cream truck driver while in management at Jack & Jill.

If you’re broken up over the treat’s pending disappearance, or just want to relive some tasty nostalgia, here’s our summary of the Choco Taco’s Philly history.

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MAYOR WATCH

Mayor Kenney is slated to return to work tomorrow, per his office. Meanwhile, the city Health Department announced it received more monkeypox vaccines and is distributing them to five area medical purveyors for patients at higher risk.

ON THE CALENDAR

? “Bawdily Autonomy” is a night of burlesque and drag performances at Franky Bradley’s in the Gayborhood to raise money for reproductive rights. Tickets start at $20. (7 p.m. Friday, July 29)
? ConsenSIS, the new collab between former Philly poet laureates Trapeta B. Mayson and Yolanda Wisher, hosts a free reading at Awbury Arboretum celebrating Black women and femme poets. (2:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 30)? Beep beep: The 15th annual East Passyunk Car Show and Festival takes over the avenue between Broad and Dickinson Streets, with nearly 200 classic cars on display and street food from River Twice. Juana Tamale, and more. (11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 31)