HAES And LGBTQ inclusive midwife Ray Rachlin joins the podcast to talk about home birth when you are plus size.
She covers what qualifies someone for home birth and how pregnancy and childbirth can look slightly different.
Ray also discusses providing fertility support for people in the LGBTQ community and those with polycystic ovary syndrome. We address fatphobia in the medical community and obstacles people face when desiring an out-of-hospital birth.
Recording & Show Notes: Plus Mommy Podcast Episode 142
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Ray Rachlin (she/they) is a Certified Professional Midwife, Licensed Midwife, and Certified Lactation Counselor providing home birth midwifery care, fertility and home IUI care, and community education throughout the greater Philadelphia area and South Jersey. Ray founded Refuge Midwifery in 2017 to create a home for families not served by our current healthcare system – providing warm relationship-based care that improves birth outcomes and nurtures parents to help them get their best start.
Ray earned their Bachelor’s of Science in Midwifery at Birthingway College of Midwifery in Portland, Oregon in 2016, and also holds a BA in political science, urban studies and labor studies from Queens College. Ray is a member of the Pennsylvania Association of Certified Professional Midwives and Queer and Transgender Midwives Association.
In addition to midwifing families, for the past four years Ray has been immersed in promoting affirming reproductive care for transgender patients, and has taught midwives, doctors, nurses, and birth professionals throughout the country on trans-inclusive fertility, birth and postpartum care. In their private practice, Ray specializes in natural fertility support for individuals with prior hormone use, and pre-pandemic hosted bi-monthly gatherings for LGBTQ families trying to conceive, pregnant, and with new babies.
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