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PHO Webinar: Affirming Perinatal Care for 2SLGBTQIA+ Individuals

Providing inclusive and affirming healthcare to 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals can feel challenging for visiting nurses and other healthcare providers, given the relatively limited coverage of this topic in formal curricula. This webinar offers a space to learn about inclusive perinatal care for 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals in Ontario. We'll use practical examples to support a better understanding of best practices in caring for pregnant and postpartum 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals, their partners and families. The session covers inclusive language, providing trauma-informed care to 2SLGBTQIA+ people, and findings from relevant research with 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions to two experts and gain access to a list of supportive resources for their practice.

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:

  • Identify terms and language that are inclusive and affirming to 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals
  • Understand the principles and importance of a trauma-informed approach towards 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals during the perinatal period
  • Gain more knowledge about health research in Canada related to 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals and parents
  • Identify supportive resources for their practice concerning 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals’ perinatal care

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

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.

Dr. Lori Ross, PhD, is 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.


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 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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Updated 9 May 2024