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How to support perinatal care for queer individuals with Bianca Sprague

Release date: June 24, 2024


It goes without saying that would-be parents who are supported have healthier babies. For this fourth Pride Month installment of Talking About Kids, I want to address the perinatal care that queer individuals receive because it can be stressful and dehumanizing in ways that have negative short-term and long-term consequences for them and their children. My guest to discuss this issue is Bianca Sprague. Bianca is a passionate advocate for perinatal care for marginalized communities, an author, an educator, and the founder of bebo mia, a training and mentorship organization that promotes “anti-racist, anti-oppressive, trauma-informed and intersectional” approaches to reproductive health. Bianca and her team assembled some materials just for Talking About Kids listeners. A link to those materials along with additional information about Bianca is below. Finally, Talking About Kids listeners receive 15% off of bebo mia resources when they use the code TAK15 at bebomia.com.


Biography of Bianca Sprague


Bianca Sprague is a passionate educator and advocate in the doula community, focusing her expertise on supporting women and queer individuals in the fields of fertility, birth, and postpartum care. As a self-identified ‘super lesbian’ and a dedicated mother, Bianca brings a unique perspective to her work, emphasizing the importance of balancing professional doula responsibilities with personal life, especially for mothers. She is deeply committed to addressing issues like queer care, combating fatphobia in medicine, and exploring women’s rage and its implications.


Bianca’s journey into this field was born from personal challenges; as a new parent grappling with postpartum depression in an unsafe home environment and limited support and resources, she turned to doula training to transform her life. This path led her to create bebo mia, a response to the gap she experienced in her initial training, which was only over a weekend, and lacked massive amounts of critical content as well as practical business guidance for doulas. Bianca’s mission extends beyond doula care to teaching effective service business management, encompassing community building, client care, and efficient systems for working parents in the healthcare sector. Her story is one of resilience and empowerment, driving change and support for those navigating the complex journey of birth and parenthood.



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bebo mia resources for Talking About Kids listeners


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