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Supporting Queer Families: the Role of the Doula in Making Spaces Safe

There are many barriers to building queer (LGBTQIA+) families. Financial, legal, emotional and practical issues often come into play. Doulas can play an important role throughout the process. Once families are on the labor and delivery floor, there are some very important ways that doulas can help hold space for the pregnant person and their family. This session will discuss the decisions many queer families must make in order to grow, how doulas can support queer families specifically, and what barriers doulas should consider to help queer families navigate the birth world.