Warming the Whare for trans people and whānau in perinatal care: report findings and guidelines

About the webinar

In this webinar, Dr George Parker and Associate Professor Suzanne Miller will share Phase 1 and 2 findings and recommendations for practice from their recently published research entitled: Warming the Whare for trans people and whānau in perinatal care.

The webinar will also involve a Q&A session moderated by Dr Ed Hyde, a RANZCOG Fellow who also contributed to the research report and is a champion of trans-inclusive practice in his work.

Please note that this webinar will be live-streamed via Zoom on Thursday 12 October at 7:00pm NZST in Aotearoa New Zealand (or 5:00pm AEST in Australia). A recording of the webinar will also be made available after the event for on-demand viewing.

CPD hours: This event is approved for 1 CPD hour under ‘Educational Activities.’

Webinar speakers

Dr George Parker
Lead investigator, Trans Pregnancy Care Project
Lecturer, Health Service Delivery, Te Herenga Waka | Victoria University of Wellington

Dr George Parker (they/them) is a lecturer in health service delivery in the School of Health at Te Herenga Waka | Victoria University of Wellington and lead investigator on the HRC-funded Trans Pregnancy Care Project. George is a Pākehā queer and non-binary trans person and parent of two young children. George has a clinical background in midwifery and is passionate about supporting inclusive and equitable perinatal care for rainbow and other minority communities.

Associate Professor Suzanne Miller
Associate Investigator: Trans Pregnancy Care Project
Postgraduate Programme Leader, Te Kura Atawhai ka Kaiakapono te Hakuitaka,
School of Midwifery Otago Polytechnic – Te Pūkenga

Suzanne (she/her) has been a community-based LMC midwife in both Wellington and Auckland for over three decades and an educator of pre-registration and postgraduate midwives since 2010. Suzanne has provided midwifery care to a very diverse range of whānau and is committed to the implementation of initiatives for perinatal workforce development that can improve equitable outcomes for birthing families.

Dr Ed Hyde
Whakawhānau Tamaiti a Kaimātai Take Wahine | Obstetrics & Gynaecology Specialist
Hutt Hospital, Te Awa Kairangi ki Tai  |  Lower Hutt, Aotearoa New Zealand

Ed (he/him/ia) is a trauma-informed O&G specialist with a passion for health equity and justice, especially neurodiversity, rainbow and trans healthcare, as well as incorporating Te Tiriti o Waitangi into clinical care. He is British by birth and a Kiwi by choice, and has trained and worked across Aotearoa New Zealand.                                            

Reseach overview

As a population, trans and non-binary people, as well as takatāpui people who are gender diverse (trans), experience significant health disparities compared to the general population. This can either be compounded or alleviated by the quality, safety and cultural responsiveness of health services.

Prior to this study, little was known about how trans people experience perinatal care in the context of Aotearoa New Zealand’s unique perinatal service model. International research has suggested a lack of perinatal system readiness to provide inclusive care and deliver equitable outcomes for trans people and whānau.

This study has addressed knowledge gaps in two phases:

Phase 1

Qualitative interviews with 20 trans whānau (29 participants in total, including gestational and non-gestational parents) who were on their whānau-building journey, from trying to conceive to early years of parenting. Participants described their engagement with perinatal services and their reflections on what constitutes trans-affirming and inclusive perinatal care.

Phase 2

An anonymous online nationwide survey of perinatal healthcare providers about readiness for providing trans-inclusive care.


For more information, please contact Laura Collins.

Email: lcollins@ranzcog.org.nz