2 R-CERPs + 1 E-CERP + 3 CEUs

Trans Parenting Is Not a "Lifestyle"

Bryna Hayden, IBCLC

Course description
Inclusive providers often encounter roadblocks when serving trans parents and their families. This is due to an environment that is heavily biased towards heteronormative nad cisgender patient populations. The oversight of trans parents in the wider medical and academic literature leaves even the most dedicated of care providers unable to offer comprehensive, or even adequate, care. 
This talk will outline the physiological and psychosocial impacts this care environment has on trans parents and their families. This talk will also highlight the joys and celebration found in trans parented families— as no population should ever solely be defined by their collective grief and trauma. 
Meet the Instructor

Bryna Hayden, IBCLC

Bryna is an IBCLC (International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant), doula, adult educator, mentor IBCLC and private practice owner. They are a passionate advocate for equity in access to healthcare, informed consent, trauma-informed care, and health literacy. They have a small private practice in the Pacific Northwestern US. Bryna has also sought additional training and continuing education in the areas of oral function and infant feeding, Rhythmic Movement Training (RMT), primitive reflexes and brain development in infants, cultural congruency, trauma-informed care, harm-reduction approaches to clinical care, and other counseling strategies for client-facing care. 

A member of the 2SLGBTQIA+ and neurodivergent communities, Bryna recognizes the concepts of inclusivity and accessibility as foundational on every level of lactation from education to clinical practice and back again. Bryna also recognizes that their background as a white person in the United States places them in a position of privilege, and they are always cognizant of how that lens impacts their work both in education and clinical practice. When not working, learning, or teaching, Bryna can be found staring up at huge trees in awe or inhaling the salty air at the coast in the Pacific Northwest where they live with their children, partner, and dogs.
Patrick Jones - Course author

Learners say 

Bryna presents a thorough and engaging discussion on Trans Parenting. She gives IBCLCs the tools and actionable items needed to truly begin to provide inclusive care. Bryna shares an intimate conversation with another trans parent, which I found to be so informative.
Annmarie Hext, IBCLC

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Knowledge Gap
Transgender (Trans) or Gender Non-Conforming (GNC) individuals are less likely than cisgender counterparts to seek health care due to fear of provider bias, negative past experiences in healthcare, or social stigma. They are also significantly underrepresented in research and academia, as well as in healthcare protocols relevant to perinatal populations. 
As a result, those Trans or GNC parents who do seek out care are less likely to identify themselves as Trans or GNC, or are anxious about their care relationships in ways their providers may not understand. It's imperative that providers who work with any parenting population understand the aspects of care that are particularly relevant to the Trans and GNC population, as they may not realize they have encountered Trans and GNC families in their care. 
Due to lack of clinical and academic representation, very few resources exist for providers who are working to serve Trans and GNC clients to the best of their abilities. This talk will highlight clinical and academic research gaps where they exist, as well as offer some foundational clinical information to serve as "jumping-off points" for providers to use when serving Trans and GNC families. 

This talk will also address some commonly-held biases that may disadvantage Trans and GNC families seeking perinatal healthcare, to encourage providers to address these and other implicit or unobserved biases within themselves.  


The learner will discover the impacts that a lack of evidence based information about a population (trans parents) can have on their physical and mental health. 


The learner will be able to identify both the similarities and differences between cisgender and trans parents, both in their day-to-day lives and in a wider social context. 


The learner will be able to identify the ways in which trans parents are often overlooked, and create strategies to counteract these where they can in their practice to facilitate a more welcoming and inclusive environment for trans parents in their care.
IBLCE Content Outline
V. Psychology, Sociology, and Anthropology 
* 1. Transition to parenthood
* 2. Birth practices
*4. Employment – returning to work
*5. Family lifestyle
*6. Identifying support networks
*7. Maternal [Parental] mental health
*8. Maternal [Parental] psychological/cognitive issues
*9. Mother [Parent]-baby relationship
*12. Cultural competency
(The irony of selecting "lifestyle" for this talk is something else). 

Course Lessons

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