May 2024 Continuing Education

Pleasure is a Vital Sign: Findings from The Birth Pleasure Study

with Elisabeth Bolaza, PhD, MPH

May 29, 7 p.m. PT/ 10 p.m. ET.

$75 for Professionals seeking continuing education units
$40 for Professionals not seeking credits — Special! This time only, use code SPRING when registering to get free access (not eligible for those getting CEUs)
$25 for students and community members — Special! This time only, use code SPRING when registering to get free access (not eligible for those getting CEUs)

How people give birth matters, particularly for those from minoritized or structurally disenfranchised groups. I will present The Birth Pleasure Study’s findings regarding how participants came to experience pleasurable and/or pain-free childbirth and its relevance to positive sexuality.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the relevance of pleasure in childbirth, citing findings from The Birth Pleasure Study and other peer-reviewed literature presented
  2. Apply two key constructs of polyvagal theory (neuroception and co-regulation) to the process of childbirth
  3. Explain three ways pleasure can be understood as physiological and psychological indicator of safety and wellbeing
  4. Analyze the relationship between childbirth experiences and sexual wellbeing beyond childbirth

Dr. Bolaza is an interdisciplinary reproductive anthropologist working to advance maternal health and reproductive justice through research and advocacy. Her credentials include a Ph.D. in Human Sexuality with a focus in Policy Leadership at the California Institute of Integral Studies (2023), and an MPH from UC Berkeley (2012). Dr. Bolaza’s recent work has focused on birth justice as the principal investigator of the Birth Pleasure Study, the first rigorous mixed methods study of positive and pleasurable birth experiences. She is the founder and lead of SORADA, a new research consulting firm focused on transforming sexual and reproductive health through rigor and praxis.

This webinar is being recorded and will be accessible to those who register. Attendees seeking continuing education credits must attend the live webinar.

APA Approved Sponsor

Center for Positive Sexuality is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Center for Positive Sexuality maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Additional Information

Center for Positive Sexuality (CPS) is the organization that will sponsor the CE credit. CPS is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for  psychologists. CPS maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Many states honor APA CE credits for other licensed health professionals, please check with your own state licensing board.

This presentation will not be recorded. Attendees cannot earn CEs asynchronously. Attendees requesting CEs must attend the full hour and complete check-in and check-out forms when prompted. Attendees will also be asked to complete an evaluation form after the program.

Cancellation Policy

You may cancel up to ten days before a scheduled workshop without penalty and receive a credit for another workshop or a refund minus $5 for processing costs. If you cancel less than ten days before, you will be responsible for payment. Center for Positive Sexuality reserves the right to cancel any event that does not meet our minimum registration within 4 business days of the class. If Center for Positive Sexuality cancels an educational event, you will receive a credit toward another workshop.

Grievances and Complaints

Grievances and/or complaints may be filed using this form. Please provide as much information as possible, as well as your contact information, in order to expedite the process.

Center for Positive Sexuality (CPS) is committed to conducting all activities in compliance with the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Ethical Principles of Psychologists. CPS will adhere to all legal and ethical responsibilities to be nondiscriminatory in promotional activities, program content, and the treatment of program participants. Monitoring and assessment of these standards will be the responsibility of the CPS Committee and CPS CE Program Administrator ( While CPS makes every attempt to assure fair treatment for all participants, occasionally complaints will arise about continuing education programs. This does not include complaints or comments received on course evaluations.

The person with a grievance will first try to informally resolve their grievance by contacting CPS with the issue concerning the training, its delivery, the evaluation method, technological issue, other student(s), and/or any other concern. When a participant files a complaint, either orally or in written format, and expects action on the complaint, the following actions and procedures will be taken:
1. If the grievance concerns a speaker, the content presented by the speaker, or the style of presentation, the individual making the complaint will be asked to put his/her comments in written format. The CE Program Administrator will then pass the comments on to the speaker, assuring the confidentiality of the complainant.
2. If the complaint concerns a workshop offering, its content, level of presentation, or the facilities in which the workshop was offered, CE Program Administrator will mediate and attempt to resolve the complaint promptly. If the participant requests action, the CE Program Administrator is empowered to:
a. Attempt to move the participant to another workshop, or
b. Provide a credit for a subsequent year’s workshop, or
c. Provide a partial or full refund of the workshop fee.
d. Actions 2b and 2c will require a written note, documenting the grievance, for record keeping purposes. The note need not be signed by the grieved individual.
3. If the complaint is made after the program has occurred or concerns the CPS CE programming more generally, the CE Program Administrator will address it as follows:
a. Request that the complainant submit a written complaint and propose an appropriate remedy.
b. Provide the instructor(s) with the opportunity to respond to the complaint and propose an appropriate remedy,
c. Review these documents, make a final determination, and decide on any remedy.
4. CPS’s Continuing Education Committee will then consult regarding this grievance in an effort to find fair methods of resolving the grievance.
5. CPS will abide by any decisions made by the APA regarding resolution of the grievance.
For further information, contact the CE Commitee Chair of Center for Positive Sexuality, Daniel Garrett, PsyD, at or at (818) 661-3615. You can also contact us at Center for Positive Sexuality, PO Box 1190, Burbank, CA 91507.