Presentation Information

Marea Goodman

Midwifery-Led Fertility Care: A Family Centered Approach

Abstract:

In Midwifery-Led Fertility Care, midwives Ray Rachlin, LM, CPM and Marea Goodman LM, CPM will educate midwives on how to provide fertility care in an out-of-hospital setting. In this presentation, Ray and Marea will review the different options people with uteruses have to create pregnancies with fresh and frozen sperm and the success rates for each. They will focus on lower-intervention insemination options that can be performed at-home or in a midwife’s office. The presenters will also review fertility awareness method counseling and how midwives can support their clients to determine ovulation, as well as insemination timing and navigating sperm banks, ACOG preconception care, and fertility lab work.

Throughout the presentation, Ray and Marea will provide an introduction on how to provide culturally appropriate care to the LGBTQ+ population and transgender parents. They will also discuss how to apply infertility research to LGBTQ+ people, and when to refer to different levels of care.

LGBTQ+ people 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 both underutilization of healthcare and overmedicalization, and contributes to health disparities and poor outcomes, especially by individuals with intersecting marginalized identities. Midwives are in a unique position to provide excellent, culturally competent care to this population. However, viewers should not expect to become culturally competent in caring for the LGBTQ+ population in this one hour class. There will be resources for further learning provided at the end of the presentation.

Live Presentation Schedule

Feb 22, 2023