About 20% of the people I care for identify as LGBTQP.
As you go through the profound process of growing your family- from conception to birth and beyond- many issues around gender roles, identity, relationship, communication with extended family, body image and history, interfacing with health care providers- all these can arise for anyone, but often have special significance for LGBTQP folks. With Warm Welcome, you can look forward to private, individualized care; never twiddling your thumbs while sitting in a public waiting room; having your preferences for pronouns and other language remembered; and honoring you both/all as parents.
For clients who are seeking compatible allied health care providers (CNMs, midwife for home insemination, acupuncturists, massage therapists and more), I am happy to provide referrals to trusted queer-friendly colleagues. All assistant midwives, apprentices, and interns associated with Warm Welcome are themselves LGBTQP-identified or -friendly.
We support you wholeheartedly in finding your authentic answers to all these questions, to bringing your whole wonderful selves to pregnancy, birthing and parenting.
As our due date drew near, we felt like we were cramming for an exam that we had no way of preparing for because in the end we did not know what would be on this ‘test’. We felt unprepared and therefore nervous. We did not want our family’s birth experience to be clouded with feelings of nervousness or fear. We met with Michelle and…we knew right away. She would bring a sense of calmness and wisdom from experience that empowered us to usher our child into the world in the way that we wanted. We never felt like we had to check our queerness at the door. It cleared up some of our mental space to be able to be open for being totally present with this miracle instead of distracted. We got to really BE THERE with it. We never were made to feel like we were merely queer tourists visiting the land of heteronormativity simply because we were embarking on birth (taking part in birth) which has been traditionally reserved for heterosexuals.Our child’s birth story, just like her conception, and just like her parents is as radical, unique and queer as they come. There was pain, exhaustion, sleep deprivation, confusion, fear, love, fight, incredible endurance, imagination, creativity, and endless moments of anticipation of the unknown. Michelle was able to dig into those moments and mine out their beauty. Even months later, there are moments that are very solid in my memory that I can still viscerally feel the beauty that she brought to light. I am certain that I would have missed it otherwise. Every part of our souls and our child’s soul was a part of this birth. All our parts, including our diversity, were present.”
Serving Northampton, Amherst, Easthampton, Southhampton, Westhampton, Williamsburg, Hadley, Holyoke, Deerfield, South Deerfield, Greenfield, Conway, Turner’s Falls, Palmer, Leverett, Sunderland, Belchertown, South Hadley, Ashfield, Worthington, Chesterfield, Ware and the surrounding region.
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