Join Jaqxun Darlin, CPM, LDM for this introductory level workshop. We will explore how providing client-centered care for lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and other queer spectrum clients improves and enhances the care we can provide for all families seeking midwifery care. LGBTQIA individuals face many obstacles to healthcare access including a lack of knowledgeable care providers, other people’s lack of awareness of identity issues, and outright prejudice and discrimination. This leads to underutilization of healthcare and contributes to health disparities and poor outcomes, especially by individuals with intersecting marginalized identities.
As midwives and birth workers, we are in a unique position to offer culturally sensitive care to this client population, while making simple changes that benefit all families we care for, regardless of identity. Information presented in this workshop is practical and evidence based, and we will make sure you walk away with resources and tools that will help you up your individualized care game!
Jaqxun is a midwife and educator in Portland, Oregon, at Every Body Midwifery & Health and midwife at the Canyon Medical Center, and is the Director of Professional Development for the Midwives Alliance of North America. Jaqxun has over 15 years of experience providing direct health care to queer and transgender people and educational resources to health care providers and community members.