SFFD Women's Health Summit
Uplifting Education for the Women in the Fire Service
Sponsored by SFFD Women's Group
This full day workshop focuses on the health and wellbeing of female firefighters. Topics follow the cycles of the life from menstruation to pregnancy and postpartum to menopause. This workshop explores the various stages of a woman's life with attention to both evidence based recommendations
and a holistic approach to optimal health.
May 25, 2023 9:00a-4:00p
The Menstrual Cycle as your 5th Vital Sign
Exploration of the interplay between the ebb and flow of hormones, cells and body systems. Understanding women's natural rhythms and how to use fluctuations in the menstrual cycle as an indicator of over all health. Discussion will include anatomy and the most current research in female health, including female pleasure, vulvar health and wellbeing.
Speaker: Serena Saeed-Winn, Mom, CNM, WHNP, IBCLC, RN
Body Mechanics for Female Firefighters
Prevention is the best medicine! We will be reviewing common injuries that occur in the workspace, specific to women. We will then practice proper body mechanics and practices to minimize the likelihood of injury. We will end with some practical ways to maximize pelvic and core strength in order to provide stability with work related tasks and beyond.
Speaker: Charisse Balance, PT, DPT, RYT
Morning Breakout Courses
Informed Pregnancy and Postpartum
Practical information to help navigate pregnancy in the Bay Area. We will discuss the variety of options for prenatal care, birth and postpartum. The discussion will include ways to support an informed transition into parenthood. Great information for people having their first child, their fifth child or supporting their partner through this journey.
Speaker: Kelly Wong McGrath, CNM, AGPCNP
Menopause as a Rite of Passage
Exploration of Menopause as a beginning of a new chapter in a woman’s life. Discussion to include the impact of hormonal fluctuations on the body and ways to work with discomforts.
Speaker: Julie Birdsong, CNM, WHNP, RN
Afternoon Breakout Courses
Navigating the Emotional Components of Firefighting
It takes a lot of discipline, strength, courage and clear quick decision-making to do this work. It can be difficult to slow down, let go, feel the feels, be a little messy, or go easy on yourself. Having a child of your own, taking on another caregiver role in your personal life, or experiencing loss or grief may impact your experience on the job. Let's spend this hour working with ways to take care of ourselves first.
Speaker: Amelia Kriss, CPCC, RDT
Transition to Leadership, Mentor vs Sponsor.
How to reach back to our younger sisters to lend a hand, while allowing your experience, heart and grit to shine bright. A conversation with five SFFD female leaders, both current and past, about transitioning into a leadership role. “A mentor talks to you and a sponsor talks about you”.
End of day: Cocktails and meet and greet.