Sex & Perinatal Mental Health Conference Recording

This offering will be available from June 3, 2024, to December 31, 2024.

This is a recording of our Sex and Perinatal Mental Health Conference held on May 1st & 2nd, 2024 in Los Angeles, California.

Protecting the mental health needs of pregnant and postpartum people and their families requires a holistic approach that includes sexual health. However, due to cultural norms and the evolving landscape of reproductive rights in the United States, the conversation of sexuality is often isolated from perinatal mental health while perpetuating stigma and misinformation. This conference convening is tailored for the birthing care professional committed to deconstructing their internalized concepts of family structure, gender, and sexuality to increase their capacity to competently (and confidently) welcome diverse perinatal individuals and families of all kinds into their care. Any health care or community based provider who serves the expectant and postpartum community and wants to learn more about how to support and prioritize the sexual well-being and expression of their clients is invited to view.

Health Care Professionals including therapists, clinical psychologists, social workers, community health workers, counselors, nurses (neonatal, labor and delivery, maternity, NICU), midwives, nurse practicioners, physicians (psychiatrists, OB/GYNs, pediatricians, neonatalogists, family practitioners, general practitioners, primary care physicians), lactation consultants, health educators, doulas & home visitors.

This conference meets criteria for 14 continuing education credits for licensed mental health professionals including LMFTs, LPCCs, LCSWs, LEPs, and psychologists. APA-approved continuing education offerings are recognized by the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) in the state of CA. Continuing education requirements vary from state to state. It is the registrant’s sole responsibility to check with their licensing board directly to confirm if these CE credits will be approved.

This conference recording is approved by Postpartum Support International (PSI) to qualify as a CE course for existing PMH-C renewal (14 CEs). For specific information about how to qualify for perinatal mental health certification, please visit

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Following completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the foundations of gender, sexuality, and sex positivity as it relates to the perinatal period;

  • Discuss the importance of sexual health and pleasure in perinatal mental health care;

  • Critique current systems and cultural norms that perpetuate shame and stigma concerning parental sexual expression;

  • Integrate skills and tools for coaching families toward improved communication, intimacy, and reclaiming sensuality during pregnancy and postpartum;

  • Apply trauma awareness to support clients and patients in achieving autonomy, sexual health, and pleasure while navigating the perinatal journey;

  • Identify the relationship between sexual health, fertility, and perinatal loss;

  • Identify the relationship between sleep and sex in the perinatal period;

  • Develop an understanding of diverse family structures along the reproductive spectrum, including non-monogamy and polyamory, and their protective factors for perinatal mental health conditions;

  • Incorporate the principles of kink, including boundaries and consent, when working with perinatal clients;

  • Explore the impact of hormonal shifts across the reproductive continuum on mental, physical, and sexual well-being.