Workshops 

Introduction: Supporting LGBTQ 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. We will discuss questions such as, what is the experience of birth like for members of the LGBTQ community and, how do we support this community in having empowering and healthy births? The topics included in this session are:

I. Definition of Terms
II. The Role of Non-Gestational Parents
III. Experience of Birth for Queer Families & Supporting LGBTQI Families in Birth*
IV. Becoming Queer Competent Health Care Providers
V. State/Federal Second-Parent Adoption Laws
VI. Birth Story Sharing & Reflections

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): 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 

Stay tuned! Fall 2018 classes are in the works.