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The Abuse of Girls, Women and Gender Non-Conforming People in OBGYN Care

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The Abuse of Girls, Women and Gender Non-Conforming People in OBGYN and Prenatal Care: Cross-Sectoral Work

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Black Women’s Blueprint coined the Sexual Abuse to Maternal Mortality Pipeline (SAMM), the result of a six-year national sexual assault and GBV intervention process to collect survivor narratives as a Black Women’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Much of the research on reproductive and obstetric violence is limited to cisgender women in hetereonormative relationships and pays little, if any attention to reproductive and obstetric violence inflicted on people of childbearing age across the spectrum of gender and sexual identity. However, as research conducted by the National Domestic Violence Hotline, the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs and other prominent LGBTQ centered organizations shows, LGBTQ, gender non-conforming and non-binary people (GNCNB), experience both domestic and sexual violence at disproportionately higher rates than their cisgender and heterosexual peers. According to the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, 44% of lesbian women and 61% of bisexual women report experiencing rape, physical violence or stalking in their lifetimes as compared to 35% of heterosexual women, and the Human Rights Campaign estimates that nearly 50% of transgender individuals have experienced sexual violence in their lifetimes. It is not unlikely that medical and other obstetric healthcare workers and advocates will work with pregnant patients or clients who are LGBTQ, gender non-conforming or non-binary and are survivors of sexual violence. Broadening obstetric care to go beyond “women’s health” to include gender expansive competency and trauma informed practices is essential for ensuring decreased mortality and morbidity rates for childbearing people across gender and sexual identity.

In this live webinar we will discuss:

  1. Tools and best practices for providing safe, accessible, gender affirming reproductive, prenatal, and obstetric care and advocacy centering the needs of LGTBQ, gender non-conforming and non-binary survivors.
  2. Ways in which patriarchy, homophobia, transphobia and anti-Black racism converge and add to toxic stress, creating disproportionately negative health outcomes for LGBTQ, GNCNB individuals
  3. Types of reproductive and obstetric harm and violence that childbearing LGBTQ GNCNB individuals face and creative ways to intervene in and mitigate the impact of that harm and violence.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Participants will be able to identify sytemic barriers for LGBTQ, gender non-conforming and nonbinary people to accessing safe, gender-affirming prenatal obstetric care assessing their own organizational culture and policies
  2. Participants will be able to integrate best practices for providing gender affirming prenatal, reproductive and obstetric care and advocacy for pregnant LGBTQ GNCNB survivors of violence.
  3. Participants will be able to interrogate internalized biases around gender and sexuality using a racial justice lens in order to identify and shift problematic, oppressive interactions with patients and clients.

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