This information sheet has been prepared for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people who experience pregnancy loss, and the mental health professionals who work with them.
This 18–page guidebook is for LGBTQ people who are interested in using AHR services to have children. Friends, family and others who are allies and supports for LGBTQ AHR clients during this process may also find it helpful and instructive. In this guidebook, you will learn about conception and legal issues; tips to help navigate the AHR system with confidence; questions to pose and issues to consider when using AHR; additional information and community resources.
This 23–page guidebook provides information to reduce the stress of getting pregnant. Information includes the biology of conceiving, legal considerations, communicating with family and friends and what to expect when you are pregnant. First-person stories help the reader identify with the material.
This 28–page report reviews the on the prevalence and characteristics of transgender people who are parents, the quality of the relationship between transgender parents and their children, outcomes for children with transgender parents and the reported needs of transgender parents.
Research examining needs of postpartum transgender men in relation to lactation and infant feeding is missing from nursing literature. Accordingly, little is known about how perinatal nurses can best support this unique subset of postpartum patients. Case studies presented here reveal that transgender men would appreciate care from nurses who are knowledgeable about transgender individuals and their healthcare needs, but this type of care is not always available. Nurses need more education about how to best support transgender patients and families in order to achieve optimal lactation and infant nutrition in this population
Although pregnancy loss is a distressing health event for many women, research typically equates women’s experiences of pregnancy loss to ‘married heterosexual women’s experiences of pregnancy loss’. The objective of this study was to explore lesbian and bisexual women’s experiences of miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death.
This 26–page research paper reviews and synthesizes Australian and international literature on same sex parented families. It includes discussion of the different modes of conception or family formation, different family structures, and the small number of studies on bisexual and transgender parents. Particular attention is paid to research on the emotional, social and educational outcomes for children raised by lesbian and gay parents, and the methodological strengths and weaknesses of this body of work.
The case studies of Aboriginal, immigrant and refugee as well as gay, bisexual and trans-gendered father/parent involvement initiatives highlight that those responsible for initiating policies and programs must also be committed to challenging assimilationist thinking by supporting more just and equitable social, economic, legal and political processes and structures.