Trans Birth and Pelvic Physiotherapy! [guest post by pelvic physiotherapist Michelle Fraser]

CS: The following post is written by LGBTQ-informed pelvic physiotherapist Michelle Fraser, who has taken the time to share some of her knowledge regarding pelvic health in the context of trans birth. There is mention of vaginal/rectal health, as well as a mention of trauma with no details. What is pelvic health physiotherapy? Pelvic health…

Queer & Trans Childbirth Preparation Classes in Toronto

I have had the pleasure of getting to know Giselle Johnston over the past few months and I'm so excited to let you know about the Queer & Trans Childbirth Preparation Classes they're launching with co-facilitator Kira Liss on Feb 10 & 11 at Kensington Midwives in Toronto. Giselle works as a labour and postpartum…

I am queer and trans: where can I get a haircut?

CS: queer & LGBTQ+ community talk, talking about ageism, body shame, personal stories of nonbinary gender exploration, stories about discouraging parents, masculine barbershop culture, interview by nonbinary client with a cis-woman barber. I’ve been going to the Crows Nest Barbershop to get my haircut for the last year and a half, but I was really…

VOICES SERIES: ND’s Sex in Pregnancy and Postpartum Story

ND is a cisgender, queer, Indian, Sikh woman from Vancouver, BC. Her family originates from Punjab, North India. ND moved to Toronto from Vancouver to become a midwife and has since started a family with her partner within the context of their open relationship. Her little girl is currently 11 months, full of delicious rolls…

badass dolls with badass bodies [interview Chason Yeboah]

When I saw these badass dolls at the Toronto Erotic Arts and Craft Fair hosted by Come As You Are, I got tingles all over my body. Chason Yeboah's dolls aren't just beautiful, they're healing and powerful. I wanted to learn more about Chason and how these dolls came to be. What inspired you to…

voices needed: sex in pregnancy and postpartum

In researching resources available to the public about sex in pregnancy and postpartum something became very apparent: these voices are white and heterosexual. Very. Very. white-hetero. My next thought was: how can I expand this conversation? I can’t tell you I have an understanding of sex during pregnancy and postpartum without recognizing the extremely important…

8 gender-neutral birth terms and how to use them

I had the pleasure of auditing the Infant and Pregnancy Loss Doula Certification program offered through the Home Hospice Association for inclusive language, and recently a colleague asked me for some advice on gender-neutral birth terms so I thought… why not make a list? Birth workers and mommy groups are all too often hyper gendered…