November 14, 2018

This was originally an assignment in a midwifery course. I've shared my thoughts here in hopes it helps other birth workers serve all birthing people with dignity and thoughtfulness. To read the PDF of the assignment, click here

Case Study 1

Part 1: You have begun offering well-person care in your practice some years ago, but until now, you haven’t had the opportunity of serving a trans male for a pelvic with pap. Chris called to schedule with you for 2 weeks from now.

a.    What are the special considerations you have?

To begin with, I’d want to make a conscious effort to shift pronoun usage if my typical clientele included primarily people who prefer she/her pronouns. I’d want to remember going in to ask about pronoun choices. I’d also need to look over my documents and forms prior to the appointment to ensure they were inclusive and left room to chat about the experiences, needs, and values of a trans man. I would want to inquire with Chris as to the preferred environment fo...

November 2, 2018

This was originally an assignment in a midwifery course on supporting LGBTQIA+ folks in birth as a future midwife. I've shared my thoughts here in hopes it helps other birth workers serve all birthing people with dignity and thoughtfulness. To read the original format of the assignment and/or references, click here

Lesbian: A term used to describe a woman who identifies as gay, or whose orientation is towards those of the same sex. Lesbian clients will often be utilizing sperm donors and fertility support from medical specialists, acupuncturists, and even spiritual guides. They may have undergone IVF or IUI treatments and have probably spent a lot of money to get to the point of pregnancy. They might also have a higher incidence of miscarriage or a history of failed implantation attempts. I will need to have active referrals in my community for care providers to work with collaboratively, especially if clients work with me prior to conception as I might be the person referring to...

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