Lunch and Learn: Supporting the Perinatal Experiences of LGBTQIA+ Families

In this session learn how providers can create an inclusive and affirming environment in healthcare and peer support.


Wed, June 19, 2024

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT


Virtual - Zoom



LGBTQIA+ individuals experience unique challenges during pregnancy, reproductive loss, and early stages of parenting. Healthcare and peer support settings are often heteronormative and cisnormative, but are gradually becoming more inclusive. We will summarize research and best practices for supporting LGBTQIA+ birthing individuals and their partners during the perinatal period. This Lunch & Learn event is appropriate for volunteers, mental health providers, birth professionals, and community partners. About Sasha: Sasha Kusno (she/they) is a Clinical Mental Health Counseling student at William & Mary. She works for Postpartum Support Virginia as the Williamsburg Regional Coordinator. She provides care coordination to local families, facilitates local peer support groups, and educates community partners about perinatal mental health. Sasha is also involved in the Perinatal Mental Health Coalition of Virginia. She received training through Postpartum Support International in psychotherapy, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs), and paternal mental health. She is certified through the Institute of Reproductive Grief Care. About Dr. Pope: Dr. Amber L. Pope (she/her) is an Assistant Professor in the School Psychology and Counselor Education Department at William & Mary. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Florida, and an approved supervisor for LPC and LMFT licensure in both states. Dr. Pope specializes in the areas of relationship and family counseling, sexuality concerns, gender and sexuality development, LGBTQ+ affirming counseling, and culturally responsive counselor preparation. Dr. Pope stays involved in professional development and leaders as an active member of the SAIGE and ACSSW. Dr. Pope has 20+ publications including a book in the areas of LGBTQ-affirming counseling, same gender intimate relationships, mental health counselor training, and clinical supervision.

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