Continuing Education Webinar May 2024

Pleasure is a Vital Sign Findings from the Birth Pleasure Study

SPECIAL: Attendees and Students not seeking CEUs can use the code SPRING for free access to this webinar.

May 29, 7 p.m. PT/ 10 p.m. PT

Elisabeth Bolaza, PhD, MPH

How people give birth matters, particularly for those from minoritized or structurally disenfranchised groups. The Birth Pleasure Study’s findings regarding how participants came to experience pleasurable and/or pain-free childbirth and its relevance to positive sexuality are presented.

Dr. Bolaza is an interdisciplinary reproductive anthropologist working to advance maternal health and reproductive justice through research and advocacy. Her credentials include a Ph.D. in Human Sexuality with a focus in Policy Leadership at the California Institute of Integral Studies (2023), and an MPH from UC Berkeley (2012). Dr. Bolaza’s recent work has focused on birth justice as the principal investigator of the Birth Pleasure Study, the first rigorous mixed methods study of positive and pleasurable birth experiences. She is the founder and lead of SORADA, a new research consulting firm focused on transforming sexual and reproductive health through rigor and praxis.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this workshop, the learner will be able to:

  1. Describe the relevance of pleasure in childbirth, citing findings from The Birth Pleasure Study and other peer-reviewed literature presented
  2. Apply two key constructs of polyvagal theory (neuroception and co-regulation) to the process of childbirth
  3. Explain three ways pleasure can be understood as physiological and psychological indicator of safety and wellbeing
  4. Analyze the relationship between childbirth experiences and sexual wellbeing beyond childbirth


Professionals seeking 1 unit/hour of APA credit - $75

Attendees not seeking credits - $40 - use code SPRING for free access

Students - $25 - use code SPRING for free access

Center for Positive Sexuality is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Center for Positive Sexuality maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

This webinar is being recorded and will be accessible by registered participants. Participants seeking continuing education credits must attend the live webinar.

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