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PHO Webinar: 2SLGBTQIA+ families: Unique perinatal mental health concerns

2SLGBTQIA+ individuals face unique challenges during the perinatal period. Some of these challenges may be related to pre-existing or new mental health issues, partners and relationship dynamics, or parenting contexts that might be different from those of cisgender heterosexual individuals. In this webinar, we will provide an overview of the prevalence of and risk factors for perinatal mental health disorders (PMHD) among 2SLGBTQIA+ parents, including non-birthing partners. We will also review some unique concerns for 2SLGBTQIA+ parents including issues related to lactation and human milk feeding, intimate partner violence, and experiences of discrimination. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of two experts on 2SLGBTQIA+ health and gain access to a list of supportive resources for their patients.

Intended audience: Public health nurses and family home visitors working in Healthy Babies Healthy Children or Nurse-Family Partnership; Community-based professionals working with pregnant individuals or families with infants or young children

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the prevalence of and risk factors for perinatal mental health disorders among 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals
  • Gain strategies and skills to discuss mental health challenges with their 2SLGBTQIA+ clients
  • Use appropriate language and provide affirming support for lactation and human milk feeding with 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals
  • Identify supportive resources for perinatal 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals and their families

Presenter(s): Dr. Lori Ross, Dr. Zafiro Andrade-Romo

Dr. Lori Ross, PhD, has been an established interdisciplinary scholar in the field of sexual and gender minority health since 2005. She is an Associate Professor in the Division of Social and Behavioural Health Sciences, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. Lori uses a combination of quantitative and qualitative approaches in her research work, with a strong focus on integrating the principles of community-based research. Much of her research focuses on understanding the mental health and service needs of marginalized populations to improve access to services for these communities.

Dr. Zafiro Andrade-Romo, MD, MSc, PhD Candidate,
a medical doctor and PhD candidate in Social and Behavioural Sciences at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health, is trained in clinical medicine and public health research. With 13 years of experience in LGBTQ+ health, she has been a physician, Chief of the State Department of Reproductive Health of the State of Puebla in Mexico, and public health researcher in the National Institute of Public Health of Mexico. Her current research focuses on exploring the role of autonomy in the mental wellbeing of LGBTQ+ women in Mexico using a Latin American Feminisms approach.


The opinions expressed by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies or views of Public Health Ontario, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by Public Health Ontario.


Public Health Ontario Rounds are a self-approved group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC). In order to receive written documentation for Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits, please check “Yes” beside the question “Do you require CME credits?” on the registration form.

College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) Affiliate Members may count RCPSC credits toward their Mainpro+ credit requirements. All other CFPC members may claim up to 50 Certified credits per cycle for participation in RCPSC MOC Section 1 accredited activities.

PHO Rounds are also approved by the Council of Professional Experience for professional development hours (PDHs) for members of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI).

For more information or for a record of registration for other Continuing Education purposes, please contact capacitybuilding@oahpp.ca.


Public Health Ontario is committed to complying with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodations to participate in this event, please contact 647-260-7100 or capacitybuilding@oahpp.ca.

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Published 20 March 2024