The first antenatal class specifically designed for the LGBTIQ community is to begin this February in Sydney.
Rainbow Families is set to run a class that provides an inclusive, safe environment for expectant parents who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex.
Midwife educators Janet Broady and Andrew Lee have developed the class in association with the volunteer organisation.
“The class is aimed at people expecting a baby in the next few months. It will cover pregnancy, birth and the post-natal period,” said Janet Broady.
“It is an LGTBIQ focused, inclusive, alternative to the parenting education classes offered by hospitals.”
The class is said to be the first of its kind.
Rainbow Families’ Education Officer, Justine Harris, says it will fulfil a need within the LGBTIQ community.
“Up until now the only option for LGBTIQ parents to be has been to attend mainstream antenatal classes," she said.