Provider Support

“One of the best workshops I attended in a while. Rachel created a welcoming, engaging and safe learning space, with lots of very practical  ‘pearls of wisdom’ to take home and take to clients.”

Christine Fischer-Rothman, PhD, IBCLC

Upcoming:

Workshop 1: LGBQ/T 101 and The Importance of Gender Neutral Language and Workshop 2: Understanding Oppression and Creating Structural Change

Friday, May 10th, Vermont Lactation Consultant Association 26th Annual Professional Conference, Hilton Hotel, Burlington, Vermont. Registration here.

Supporting LGBQ/T Families: Moving from Tolerance to Cultural Humility

Friday, June 28th, Postpartum Support International Conference, Hilton Hotel, Portland, Oregon. Registration here.

Supporting LGBQ/T Families: Moving from Tolerance to Cultural Humility

Saturday, November 2nd, Massachusetts Lactation Consultant Association and Project Licensure Annual Conference, Tufts Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts. Registration details soon.

Past presentations:

Salon Conversations for Clinicians: Understanding Oppression through the experiences of LGBQ/T Families in the Perinatal Period.

Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 7:15pm, Strong Roots Counseling, West Newton, MA

LGBQ/T Families: Moving From Tolerance To Cultural Competency

Saturday, October 6th, 2018 9:30-12:30pm, Boston Association for Childbirth Education, Jamaica Plain, MA

LGBQ/T Families: Moving from Tolerance and Inclusion to Cultural Competency 

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018 1:30-3:00pm, Partners in Perinatal Health, Norwood, MA


“Rachel’s workshop is timely and impactful, delivered with an expert hand in facilitation. Rachel challenges her participants to step up with a look at our own biases, utilizing engaging activities that unearthed actionable steps for us to take into building our competency and awareness.”

Shari McBurney, Birth Doula and Childbirth Educator


Workshops

Rachel provides workshops on LGBQ/T inclusion in the perinatal period. These workshops can be anywhere from 1.5-4 hours and include topics such as: LGBQ/T 101, Discrimination and Oppression, Inclusive Language, and understanding our own biases and backgrounds. We will spend time brainstorming concrete solutions to make your business or office more culturally competent.


“Rachel’s training on working with LGBQ/T families was useful, enlightening, and fun. She helped me understand the real implications of whether programming and communications with diverse families is culturally appropriate and sensitive — or not. She worked with us on how we can improve our services so all families and parents are embraced as WHO THEY ARE, and provided tools and resources for me to continue to educate myself and other people at my organization. What a great service!”

Jessie Colbert, Executive Director, Mass. PPD Fund (she, her, hers)


Consultations

In a consultation, Rachel will provide both a basic understanding of LGBQ/T identities and language as well as the importance of inclusive language and how to implement it. Consultations can be provided on a one-time basis or over a longer period of time, depending on your needs. Rachel will spend time examining your materials and provide feedback on how to make them more culturally competent.

Please email me to discuss your needs and pricing: rachelhessdoula@gmail.com

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