Do you support families during the perinatal period? Would you like to ensure you are offering sensitive and inclusive care to all families?

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Five Elements Birth Services is proud to host Jill Thompson with Tharseo Counselling and Gio Dolcecore, MSW, RSW, BA for an informative workshop on diversity and inclusivity.

“Empathy is the capacity to think and feel oneself into the inner life of another person.” - Heinz Kohut

This workshop will introduce you to the barriers that LGBTQIA2S folks experience when navigating the health care system, with a focus on perinatal care.

You will learn about:

  • definitions of gender and sexual diversity

  • inclusive language and why it matters

  • the realities many folks face when trying to access inclusive care providers and services

  • how you as a doula and birthworker may better support your LGBTQIA2S clients with local resources

If you are a birth or postpartum doula, birth or newborn photographer, childbirth educator, offer lactation support, encapsulate placentas, are an L&D nurse, OB/GYN, or midwife, or otherwise work in the field of pregnancy, birth, or postpartum care, this workshop will be of benefit to you and your clients.

**4.5 DONA International contact hours will be awarded for completing this workshop**


Jill Thompson is a registered psychologist and educator. Jill specializes in topics related to sexuality and gender and has a background working with vulnerable populations. She is currently working in private practice at Tharseo Counselling and as contract faculty at Mount Royal University. When she is not working, Jill is hiking in the mountains or eating brunch.

Gio Dolcecore is an openly proud transgender social worker. Their approaches are embedded in trauma and violence informed care and affirmative practice. Gio specializes in homelessness, addictions, and co-occurring mental health challenges. Gio strives to advocate for safer spaces by exploring inclusive policies and practices, ensuring safety represents all who access services providers.


  1. Register to attend BEFORE Monday, May 20 at 5:00pm MST and you will be entered into a draw to win one of two rainbow rebozos. See photos of these beautiful and ethically sourced rebozos HERE >>

  2. If cost is a barrier, please apply for one of four subsidies offered by Doula Essentials to cover 1/2 of the registration fee. Once your application is accepted, you will be emailed a coupon code to register. Application deadline is Friday, May 31 at 5:00pm MST. APPLY HERE >>

WHEN: SUNDAY, JUNE 2 | 10:00AM - 3:00PM

Registration is $100/person* | There is space for 20 registrants

There is free parking at the venue. There is an elevator on site (we are happy to answer any specific accessibility questions and can be reached at or 587.581.5810). Gender neutral washrooms on-site.

Coffee, tea, water, and light snacks will be provided. Please bring your own lunch. We will take a half hour break for lunch at 12:30pm.

*Registrations are final and non-refundable. However, if you are no longer able to attend the event, you are welcome to transfer your registration to another person. Please contact