- Leo Andreas (he/him), Dad of a two-year-old
- Jenna “JB” Brown (they/he), Full-Spectrum Community Doula and Educator at Love Over Fear Wellness & Birth
In this episode, Leo Andreas and Jenna “JB” Brown join us to explore the unique perinatal mental health experiences of queer, trans, and gender non-conforming people. Leo, a dad of a two-year-old, shares his mental health experiences of his journey to parenthood. And JB, a full-spectrum doula and community educator, explains the positive impact person-centered, radically inclusive care can have on the mental health of queer, trans, and gender non-conforming people during the perinatal period.
This episode discusses mental health issues and mentions suicide. If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts or a crisis, please reach out immediately to the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or text HOME to the Crisis Text Line at 741741. Additionally, the National Maternal Mental Health Hotline provides support before, during, and after pregnancy. Call or text 1-833-9-HELP4MOMS (1-833-943-5746). TTY users can use a preferred relay service or dial 711 and then 988 or 1-833-943-5746. Both services are free, confidential, and available 24/7.
- National LGBTQ Task Force: Queering Reproductive Justice: A Toolkit
- RTZ Hope: LGBTQ+ Families
- Family Equality
- National LGBTQIA+ Health Education Center
- Postpartum Support International: Help for Queer and Trans Parents
- International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology: LGBTQ2S+ childbearing individuals and perinatal mental health: A systematic review
- Youth Voices Amplified Podcast (the most recent episodes cover reproductive justice and anti-LGBTQ+ laws)
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