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Reiss Family Visiting Lectureship

Stephanie Tillman, CNM, FACNM

 Stephanie Tillman, CNM, FACNM

The Center for Bioethics and Humanities is proud to welcome Stephanie Tillman, CNM, FACNM (she/her) as the inaugural recipient of the Reiss Family Visiting Lectureship in Ethics and Equity, April 13-14, 2023.

Stephanie is a midwife, educator, writer, and activist in Chicago. Stephanie's public scholarship on trauma-informed care, intimate exams, informed consent, abortion, and patient empowerment models has been featured in Ms. Magazine, Elle, ReWire, Teen Vogue, and The New York Times. She trains providers of all specialties, consults on resource development and revision, provides legal consultation, and publishes regularly on trauma-informed and queer inclusive care.

Stephanie’s leadership includes Chairing the American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM) Ethics Committee, serving on the Board of Directors for the Midwest Access Project (MAP), and participating as an Advisory Committee member of the Queer and Transgender Midwives Association (QTMA). After almost ten years in clinical practice, she is now a PhD student in Health Care Ethics at Saint Louis University focusing on consent in intimate exams through frameworks of feminist ethics and queer theory. Find her on social media @FeministMidwife.

During her lectureship, Stephanie will be presenting three talks:

CBH Grand Rounds: "Trauma-Informed Intimate Exams: (re)Considering Consent." 

April 13th, 8-9am, Weiskotten 103/hybrid
CME credit will be available

Consent to intimate examinations is a powerful opportunity for a provider and patient to create a safe, therapeutic relationship. By prisming consent through the lenses of the trauma-informed care (TIC) framework, an examination of the history and modern conceptualizations of intimate care, and elevating revolutionary socio-cultural shifts in understanding bodily autonomy and consent mid-#MeToo conversations, this discussion offers insight and critique into how intimate exams in health care spaces are discussed by providers and received by patients. Through feminist bioethics and queer theory, a possible conceptualization of this care is offered for both conversation and innovating reframing. 

RSVP: https://forms.gle/dTGFc4odihVGsc539



CBH April Journal Club

April 13th, noon-1pm vitual

Link to register: https://upstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0ucO2urjsuGtHmJb_1V8gzTkLiLBqib0fG 

Please contact Andrea Chiaravalloti at [email protected] for the article.

CBH Evening Ethics: Trauma-Informed Abortion Care: Community Partnerships

April 13th, 6-7:30pm, Salt City Market Community Room

Starting with an overview of the concepts of trauma-informed care (TIC) within abortion provision and support, this panel presentation brings together community partners to discuss the broad network of care partnerships necessary to offer and sustain abortion care. By discussing trauma-informed referral, self-managed abortion, abortion doula support, and abortion activism, this discussion invites participants to consider the holistic definition of abortion care community (of which we are all can be a part!) and ways to uplift one another in this work.

RSVP: https://forms.gle/8WyEuAu32hM6ycLv8

College of Nursing: Trauma-Informed Care Scripting: A Case Study of Chaperones for Intimate Examinations

April 14th, 11:30-12:30pm, NAB 2244/hybrid
CE credit will be available

This discussion offers an application of the trauma-informed care (TIC) clinical framework to experiences shared by nurses and patients alike: chaperones, intimate examinations, and the scripts that we use to discuss these encounters. After reviewing key histories and concepts, including applications of consent alongside feminist and queer bioethical theories, vignettes in the form of common scripts will engage participants in critically examining the clinical, legal, and ethical dynamics affecting care providers and consumers. 

RSVP: https://forms.gle/74PvWXkQCYtuPoc5A

Please contact Andrea Chiaravalloti at [email protected] with any questions.