Based on the diversity of LGBTQ+ families, it is important for perinatal professionals to have a background understanding of structures, dynamics, and needs that impact and manifest within this community. This workshop will cover LGBTQ+ terminology including language and concepts related to gender identity, sexual orientation, and queer family building; explore some of the conception, birth, and lactation related options that LGBTQ+ clients may consider; and share strategies for supporting the perinatal and lactation goals of LGBTQ+ families with cultural humility and referrals to other trusted resources as needed.
Gain knowledge and skills including:
Instructor: Joy MacTavish, MA, IBCLC, RLC is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Registered Lactation Consultant. She is the owner of Sound Beginnings, which provides in-home and office consultations and education on lactation, baby wearing, and more. Her background as a birth and postpartum doula, and childbirth, newborn, and parenting educator, inform her compassionate and evidence-based support of new families in the greater Seattle area. Joy holds a Master of Arts in Cultural Studies, graduate certificate in Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies, and two Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Washington. Her professional areas of special interest include supporting the lactation goals of LGBTQ+ families, the impact of ankyloglossia (tongue-tie) on breastfeeding/chestfeeding, food intolerances in the human milk-fed infant, and full-term nursing. Joy lives in Shoreline, WA in a multi-generational household with her wife, two children, and mother-in-law.