Dawn Stacey, About.com's Guide to Contraception, is a published author, college professor and a former family planning specialist, health educator, and pregnancy options counselor for Planned Parenthood.
Dawn is a licensed mental health counselor with 15+ years of counseling experience. She provided therapy on sexual health issues from resolving guilt over birth control use to making informed reproductive choices. She advised individuals and couples on relationship issues, sexual practices, fertility counseling (how to maximize getting pregnant), family planning and religious concerns over sexual behaviors. A majority of her work included counseling teenagers, teaching them how to use birth control and how to discuss it with their parents and partners.
Dawn also worked at Planned Parenthood where she had the opportunity to provide counseling on adoption, prenatal care, abortion and sex education as well as help clients find the right fit between their needs and their contraceptive method. She conducted pregnancy tests and provided options counseling. Dawn led workshops in her community on sexuality, contraceptives and STDs, and also facilitated reproductive health support groups.
Dawn is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in health psychology and holds degrees in both a Specialist in Education and a Master of Education in mental health counseling from the University of Florida in Gainesville. She is a licensed mental health counselor, a nationally certified counselor, a certified HIV counselor, and a member of the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP). Currently, she is a professor at the University of Phoenix and writes columns in publications and newsletters on various mental health issues, including reproductive health, birth control information, and how to talk to your children about sex and responsible sexual choices.
By Dawn Stacey M.Ed, LMHC:
I believe that all individuals have the right to manage their fertility and should have access to accurate information. I understand the personal issues surrounding birth control use. Being mentored through Planned Parenthood, I have had the amazing chance to experience people's real-life struggles and joys in the area of reproductive health. I have been able to witness both births and abortions, so I can truly describe what to really expect during these times. I'm also trained in adoption counseling as an alternative to abortion.
I am well-versed (and continue to learn up-to-date information) on all available forms of birth control and emergency contraception. I am passionate about contraception and its importance. As an advocate, I would love to see everyone make safe sex choices and reduce the number of unplanned pregnancies and abortions. I love educating people about their birth control choices and have true experience seeing, firsthand, how these decisions affect all of our lives.