Sep 16, 2021
A 2017 survey published in the Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality found that 87% of parents believe sex education is important enough that it should be taught in schools. In the survey, parents rated themselves, doctors and nurses, and the school system as the most competent sources of sex ed. However, these same parents believe that sex ed should be taught starting in middle school, between 11 and 14. By that age, many kids have started their menstrual cycle, experienced erections, and had thoughts that may be confusing. So what do we do? How do we talk about sex with our kids appropriate ways without overwhelming them?
Lucky for us, we’re going to be speaking with Jai Fields. Jai (she/her) is a Black, queer, muva, full spectrum doula, educator, and nature enthusiast with a focus on shifting the way we think about birth, abortion, sex, and wellness by replacing fear and shame with education and empowerment. Consent and autonomy is central to the work that she does with humans of all ages - while centering BIPOC, single, and LGBTQIA+ people. The combination of formal training, mentorship guidance, working with families in various capacities and personal lived experience allows her to provide comprehensive and culturally inclusive support. To Jai, birthwork is social justice work, and her “secret” agenda is to bring wellness to the community through small everyday actions. Welcome!