All parents expect sexual adjustments during the postpartum period, however few report feeling prepared for the many changes that occur. This session reviews the research on postpartum sexuality through a biopsychosocial framework, examining factors that influence adjustment and how trusted professionals can help. As an AASECT certified sexuality educator, Dr. Gilliland’s decade of experience teaching adults puts participants at ease with sensitive topics. She effectively bridges the gap between presenting research and applying it in her presentations. While this session is directed at health care and therapeutic professionals, all community members are welcome to attend.
Objectives: By the end of this session, participants will be able to:
1. Explain the subtle messages communicated to women about their bodies and sexual functioning during typical labor and birth experiences in North America.
2. State the emotional and sexual impact on husbands and male partners of viewing medical procedures and childbirth on their wife or female partner.
3. List birth procedures that affect sexual functioning and those that do not.
4. Examine the common sexual concerns of parents during the first year postpartum.
5. Appraise current research knowledge regarding postpartum sexual experience and compare with lived experience of patients and clients.
6. Apply the PLISSIT model to discuss sexual health and issues with patients (for licensed professionals).
7. Relate five strategies within a paraprofessional’s scope of practice that can assist with effective sexual adjustment.
8. Review the criteria for referral to a pelvic floor physical therapist.
Who Should Attend This Workshop? Physicians, nurses, doulas, midwives, home visitors, childbirth educators, lactation consultants, therapists, counselors, physical therapists, and clergy members are all welcome. Anyone who works in a supportive capacity with postpartum families can benefit from increasing their sexual knowledge and comfort level with these topics.
Continuing Education: Two CE's through DONA International are available. Nursing CE's have been applied for (Dec 2016). This status will be updated when the application is approved.
I'm not really comfortable talking about sex with strangers. What can I expect?
Sex is an activity of daily living, yet many of us aren’t taught the skill of discussing it effectively. This session focuses on normalizing sexual topics using terms we are familiar with on a professional basis. Personal self-disclosure is not encouraged or expected, and any discussion or small group exercises will focus on the needs of postpartum individuals and couples.
What is the refund policy?
Tickets cancelled by February 26 are refundable minus a $10.00 administrative fee. You will need to email Amy Gilliland at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like a refund by Feb 26. There are no refunds after that date.
Can I buy a ticket at the door?
Pre-registration for the event is not required. Tickets will be available at the door through this site or by cash in exact change only.
Are any scholarships available?
Yes, some scholarships are available for people of color who would not otherwise be able to attend. Please contact Amy prior to the day of the event with a suggested amount that you can pay ($1 to $20) and your contact information.