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J Perinat Educ. 2000 Fall;9(4):15-27.

Sex and Pregnancy: A Perinatal Educator's Guide.

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V iola P olomeno is terminating doctoral studies at Université de Montréal, Canada. She supervises students in community health care nursing at the Faculty of Nursing of the same institution. She maintains a perinatal education practice in the greater Montréal region, mostly for French-speaking parents.


This article is a continuation in the author's growing series of articles on intimacy and sexuality in the transition to parenthood and its relationship with perinatal education. So many couples in the author's perinatal education practice feel that health professionals are uncomfortable discussing sex and pregnancy. Indeed, the couples have so many questions and concerns regarding this subject; they are seeking answers so that they may better understand and cope with the changes in this aspect of their relationship. Perinatal education group encounters or special sessions are the ideal setting to discuss intimacy and sexuality during pregnancy. The objectives of this article are to provide the perinatal educator with content for the group sessions and tools for teaching strategies and activities.

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