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date: 15 December 2019

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This essay aims to educate scholars and practitioners about the context of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) parenting and perinatal psychology in LGBT people to further research on this population, as well as to ensure provision of appropriate care during the perinatal period. The essay begins by providing an overview of the minority stress framework, a theoretical framework that is useful in understanding the mental health concerns of LGBT people. The essay then discusses language and definitional issues, providing a brief glossary of key terms necessary for culturally competent work with LGBT people. Next, an overview is provided of the ways in which LGBT people are forming families in contemporary society. The body of the essay reviews existing literature on the transition to parenthood and perinatal mental health experiences of LGBT people and closes with some conclusions and future directions for research that follow from the existing literature.

Keywords: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, parenting, perinatal, minority stress

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