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Treating and Preventing the Hidden Ways American Childbirth Damages People's Sex Lives
Description: American healthcare providers often deny or ignore the fact that the organs and hormones involved in reproduction are the same as those involved in the expression of sexuality. This denial may create physical, emotional, and relational injuries during pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period. In this workshop, attendees will learn approaches and interventions to help couples enjoy their sexual relationship after baby. There will be ample opportunity to put information into practice at the end of the workshop.
Objective(s): At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to: identify at least three ways in which American childbirth damages couples' sex lives; describe at least three ways in which educators, counselors, and therapists can help couples resume or heal their sex lives during or after the birth of a child; design a prevention program that may be presented to providers or the lay public (educators); design a treatment plan for postpartum couples to recover their sexual relationship (therapists and counselors).