2SLGBTQ+ Clients

Midwife performs belly check on a client while her partner looks on

All midwifery clients should be able to access quality midwifery care regardless of their gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation. Continuing education opportunities are regularly offered for midwives who want to support caring for trans, genderqueer, intersex and other people from the 2SLGBTQ+ community.

Clients or midwives may also be interested in information about surrogacy and parentage rules.

Currently, a task force at the AOM is working to ensure that perinatal care, both within midwifery and in the broader health sector is safe and affirming for the 2SLGBTQ+ community. To learn more about our work or connect with the task force, contact Juana Berinstein.

 

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Midwifery is for All Families (coming soon to our online store!). Clinics who wish to demonstrate their support for all families in feeling safe in their clinics can download or purchase the Midwifery is for All Families poster here.

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Webinar: Introduction to Trans Cultural Humility (coming soon to our online store!). Presenter Jordan Zaitzow, from Rainbow Health Ontario, walks viewers through the meaning and implications of cultural humility when providing care to trans clients.

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Webinar: LGBTQ Inclusivity in Midwifery Care (coming soon to our online store!). This webinar reviews some of the basic principles of providing excellent care to 2SLGBTQ+ clients.

 

Other Resources:

Transpulse.ca. The Trans PULSE Project is a community-based research project that is investigating the impact of social exclusion and discrimination on the health of trans people in Ontario, Canada.

Rainbow Health Ontario is a province-wide program working to improve access to services and promote the health of our lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) communities.

Trans Health Connection is a project of Rainbow Health Ontario whose goal is to increase the capacity of Ontario’s primary health care system to provide high-quality, comprehensive care to trans communities through training, education, mentorship, resources, and networking.

LGBTQ Parenting Network is a program of Sherbourne Health Centre that supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer parenting through training, research, resource development and community organizing.

Birth for Every Body. A letter endorsed by many midwives and midwifery stakeholders, including the AOM, supporting MANA’s gender inclusion work and affirming the right to self-determination and bodily autonomy for all people. The website also lists helpful resources.