Birthworkers are in a singular position to provide respectful, inclusive care to diverse families. When a new family is celebrated for its uniqueness, rather than encouraged to fit in or hide, they are able to thrive together with dignity. Facilitating families that are free from shame should be high on our list of objectives as birthworkers.
This six-part training will provide insight and context for working with families where one or both parents are sexual minorities. For a variety of reasons, these people are unable to be transparent with other healthcare providers. Because we know that the best care, and especially the best outcomes, are achieved through frank, honest communication, it is vital that we strive to include as many members of our community as possible. Empowering, uplifting births are possible for all people, regardless of gender, orientation, relationship status, vocation, or previous life experiences. The series consists of six individual sessions, which will be presented every other month for a year. The sessions will each last between three and four hours, and will include lots of frank discussions about our own experiences.
It’s important to come with an open mind and heart. Be ready to examine your assumptions about sex and shame, and the ways both are intertwined with the childbearing year.
Online registration available at http://birthworkerinclusivity.weebly.com/register.html.
Taking place on the third Sunday of every other month, the series will consist of six separate parts. You may register for only the session you’re interested in attending, or for the entire series. Learn more about each session here.
Sept 17, 2017 – Basics of sexual pleasure in the childbearing year – A look at pre-pregnant, pregnant and postpartum anatomy, and how the changes impact sexual health and pleasure.
Nov 19, 2017 – LGBTQ sensitivity – Create a practice that is welcoming to people of all genders and orientations.
January 21, 2018 – Kinky and non-monogamous parents – Working with families that have non-traditional structures.
March 18, 2018 – Compassionate care for survivors of sexual abuse – Survivors of sexual abuse can face many challenges during pregnancy, birth and postpartum.
May, 20, 2018 – Consent and childbirth + A look at sex work – We know about the importance of medical consent during labor. How well are we incorporating consent into our practices?
July 15, 2018 – Brainstorming inclusivity: putting it all together – In our final session, we’ll review the topics we’ve covered, discuss incorporating the concepts into our own practice, and look back at the ways we’ve grown over the previous year.
A total of 18 DONA CEs have been applied for – three CEs per session. A certificate of completion will be issued following each session.
TIME Each session will take place at 1 p.m. on the third Sunday of the months of September, November, January, March, May and July.
COST The cost for the training is $30 per session, or $150 if you register for the entire series at once. (Student discount: $15 per session, $75 for the series.)
LOCATION Well-Rounded Maternity Center 2455 S Howell Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53207 (414) 744-7001 * www.well-roundedmaternity.com
Lucky Tomaszek is a sexuality educator living with her three kids in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In addition to her current role as education coordinator at The Tool Shed, Cream City’s education-based, missiondriven sex toy store, she has a long background as a birth worker and parenting columnist. She is the author of the semi-monthly column “MKE SEX”, published by Milwaukee Record, and is a contributor to The Ultimate Guide to Sex Through Pregnancy and Motherhood by Madison Young. Most mornings you can find her balancing her cat and her keyboard in her lap, doggedly trying to make the world a smarter, safer place for people of all genders, orientations and relationship groupings.