Workshops 

Introduction: Supporting Queer/Trans Families in Birth & Postpartum (For Birth Professionals)  

This interactive workshop examines various birth settings and models of care that have historically included/excluded queer birth. Our goal is to help you develop an understanding of (some of) the specific needs of LGBTQ+ folks in the perinatal period and explore tools to provide support as a birth and/or postpartum professional.

Some of the topics included in this session are:

I. Terminologies/language to use when supporting LGBTQ+ Folks in birth and postpartum
II. Intersectionality and the impact of Race, Class, Gender on the experiences of birth and postpartum for LGBTQ+ families
III. Queer Family Planning: Modalities & Costs
IV. The Role of Non-Gestational Parents
V. Experiences of Conception, Birth, Adoption & Postpartum for Queer, Trans and Gender non-conforming Families (First Hand Accounts From Families)
VI. Second-Parent Adoption Laws

In Part I of this workshop, we will begin to address and deconstruct preconceived prejudices when working with a diversity of clients and explore action-steps to take in the path towards allyship & cultural humility when supporting LGBTQ+ in birth and postpartum work.

Audience: This workshop is geared towards care providers who support families in perinatal health (including but not limited to: birth & postpartum doulas, OBGYN's, Acupuncturists, Massage Therapists, Psychologists, Midwives, etc).

Continuing Education Units (CEU's): 3 DONA International Approved


Advanced: Supporting LGBTQ Families in Birth & Postpartum (For Birth Professionals)

In the first version of this workshop, we discussed queer competent terminology, identified some of the unique experiences LGBTQ families might go through during the prenatal/birth and postpartum periods and developed a few tactics that we, as birth workers, can apply to our own practices.

In the advanced workshop, we push beyond terminology and learning how to be culturally competent care providers and move into a discussion of allyship. More specifically, we’ll discuss how one can support people who are targets of systemic oppression in the birth world. 

I hope that at the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Discuss the dynamics of culture, power and privilege in birth work

  • Develop an understanding of allyship and apply it to the work of supporting LGBTQI families in Birth & Postpartum

  • Obtain and practice tools to build queer competent health care practices through interactive activities

  • Move beyond being culturally competent care providers to having cultural humility

This workshop is geared towards care providers who support families in birth (including but not limited to: birth & postpartum doulas, OBGYN's, Acupuncturists, Massage Therapists, Psychologists, Midwives, etc).

Continuing Education Units (CEU's): 4 DONA International Approved


 

Upcoming Workshops 

Topic: Supporting Queer/Trans Families in Birth & Postpartum
Dates: Nov 19th, Dec. 3rd, Dec. 10th, Dec. 17th
Location: Digital (via zoom)