CONNECTING TO THE FULL SPECTRUM:
BUILDING SKILLS TO SUPPORT ALL PREGNANCY OUTCOMES
SEPTEMBER 28TH AND 29TH, 2019
IN THIS WORKSHOP…
…we will explore the common stigmas that surround people who are making reproductive decisions, or experiencing the various outcomes. We will review the factual information about who has abortions and miscarriages and how common it is, and consider various frameworks for understanding what drives these cultural views about bodies, sex, pregnancy and death. Through this, the barriers to autonomy, informed consent and authentic decision making that are familiar to most reproductive health care workers will be further illuminated. We will go over specific information about abortion, and what the experience is like for people having them and expose ourselves to the relationship between abortion and miscarriage, and stillbirth, (including fetal anomaly and infant death.)
We will also work to understand how adoption and foster care fit into the picture and introduce participants to respectful client-centered language for these circumstances. Through this component of the training, we will come to see that adoption is not a anti-choice intervention; it's one of the many legitimate choices a pregnant person can make. There will be strong self-reflection and values clarification components to help people see where they stand, and their own comfort level with working in more personally challenging contexts. In addition, we will consider the intended and unintended consequences of various legal and social approaches to exerting care, and control, within the realm of reproductive health and rights.
Participants will leave the workshop understanding the usefulness of being a practitioner who is comfortable with, and respectful of, all pregnancy experiences. Moreover, participants will be invited to consider their own well-being and personal capacity to work within areas that are personally challenging for them. We will touch on ways to use doula-style support tools in the service of people who are experiencing a range of pregnancy outcomes. From there, we share perspectives on the doula scope of practice, and how our beliefs and values influence the kind of care that we provide our clients and communities.