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Talking about Queer birth experiences

Posted July 16th 2021 by Ciara

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Talking about Queer Birth Experiences

About the ‘Talking about Queer Birth’ event

The experience of giving birth as a Queer person can be varied, joyous and challenging. We need to make space to talk about it.

This event will be a chance for LGBTQIA+ people in Scotland, at any stage in their birth journey, to learn about services and support they can access. Join us for a discussion with presentations from the Queer Birth ClubAmma Birth CompanionsQueer Families Glasgow and LGBT Health and Wellbeing’s own Rainbow Families.

Sign up for the ‘Talking about Queer Birth’ event on Eventbrite!

We’ll be hearing from

AJ Silver (they/them) from the Queer Birth Club

The Queer Birth Club was founded by AJ Silver to fill the void of LGBT+ inclusion in the birth world. AJ is a highly trained and experienced birth & postnatal Doula, a probationary breastfeeding counsellor and a qualified babywearing consultant. They bring together the stories and experiences of members of the LGBT+ community; adding and amplifying the voices of the overlooked and often invisible minorities in the birthing world.

Ciara Maguire (she/her) from Queer Families Glasgow (Outside The Box)

Ciara Maguire is a community worker with Outside the Box and leads on their Queer Families project. Queer Families is a peer support group for LGBTQ families to come together in a supportive and inclusive space. For more information on the project you can visit the website or follow them on Instagram @queerfamsglasgow

Emma Simpson (they/them) from Amma Birth Companions and LGBT Health and Wellbeing (Glasgow)

Emma is one of the volunteer Directors of Amma Birth Companions, a Glasgow-based charity. Amma Birth Companions supports birthing people experiencing barriers to safe birth and who don’t have access to a network of family, partners or friends.

Benn Benjamin (he/him) and Jules Stapleton-Barnes (she/her) from Rainbow Families at LGBT Health and Wellbeing

Our speakers will then be hosting break-out rooms, so we can talk more and learn from experiences of being a queer person on a birth journey.

The event will include 40 minutes of presentations from speakers, and 40 minutes in the break-out rooms.

How to take part in the Queer Birth event

We will be on the video conference app Zoom.

Register your free space here and you will receive a confirmation email with the meeting link and password to use on the day and time of the event (you don’t need a Zoom account). If you have a Zoom account, your confirmation email will also include the meeting ID which you can search in Zoom to find us and schedule a reminder.

Access needs

If we can do anything to make accessing the event easier (such as BSL interpretation or captioning), please get in touch with Emma at emma@lgbthealth.org.uk.

We can’t wait to see you there! Remember to book your free ticket on Eventbrite.

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