Mental Health And Infertility for Black Birthing Parents


1 in 5 birthing parents will experience a perinatal mood and anxiety disorder after giving birth. Being previously diagnosed with infertility or having had difficulties with trying to conceive naturally can increase these chances. With infertility being a topic that is not often discussed publicly, clients experience a lot of shame, guilt and isolation. Their self-esteem, romantic relationships, and mental health are significantly impacted by this medical diagnosis.

Presented by Keisha Reaves, LPC, PMH-C, CPCS

3 CEU’s

This is a LPCA APPROVED training


SKU: BMMH-1-3 Category:


This presentation examines how black birthing parents experience infertility twice as much as their white counterparts in addition to being 1 in 3 to suffer from a perinatal mood and anxiety disorder. We explain common myths about black people’s fertility being labeled as “hyper fertile” through centuries which further creates shame, miseducation, and the desire to not seek-out treatment. We also examine how infertility affects our black LGBTQIA+ birthing parents and the obstacles taken to get adequate support from providers. We’ve also found that cultural sensitivity, cross cultural psychology, cognitive behavior therapy, humanistic theoretical approaches in counseling have proven to be helpful in assisting clients in therapy. Through education, awareness, and cultural representation, we can decrease the stigma and shame surrounding infertility for black birthing parents.

Objectives & Content Outline

  • At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will understand the cultural complexities of obtaining shame with an infertility diagnosis for a black birthing parent, the lack of representation to spread awareness and myths about black fertility which can all lead to emotional distress and trauma
  • Participants will be able to better understand how specific risk factors for black birthing parents makes them more susceptible to PMADs and how challenges surrounding infertility can be an additional layer to their maternity journey.
  • Participants will also learn how infertility impacts our black LGBTQIA+ birthing parents and the obstacles in which they face with finding adequate medical care, support, financial stressors through utilizing managed care services and discrimination.
  • Participants will learn how to practice cultural sensitivity when working with a client that is diagnosed with infertility, best therapeutic interventions, and resources to support.


  1. Let’s define an infertility diagnosis
  2. Leading causes for an infertility diagnosis for black birthing parents.
  3. Common myths about fertility for black birthing parents.
  4. How an infertility diagnosis can impact your mental health.
  5. Risk factors for PMADs for black birthing parents.
  6. LGBTQIA+ & Infertility
  7. Combating the shame and guilt
  8. VIII. Successful therapeutic practices in treating black birthing parents with infertility
  9. Breaking the stigma and embracing cultural representation.


This is a LPCA APPROVED training

CEUs: 3

Date: February 3, 2023

Time: 8:30a-12:00pm

Location: 1151 Sheridan RD, Atlanta, GA

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