ekw’í7tl doula collective
ekw’í7tl, pronounced ah-quay-tull, means family in the Squamish language.
We are a network of Vancouver-based Indigenous doulas who work with midwives, doctors and birth workers to provide full-circle mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual support to mothers and families during pregnancy, labour, birth, postpartum care and beyond. We connect Indigenous doulas with Indigenous families for culturally relevant and holistic birth work.
What is a doula?
Doula is a term for a birth companion or birth coach who provides physical/mental/emotional/spiritual support to pregnant people and their families. This package of care usually includes one visit during pregnancy, continuous support during birth, and one visit after your baby is born. A doula is a great addition to a Midwife or Doctor care because we are able to provide continuous birthing support starting in early labour. Traditionally, our communities had many of these birth aunties readily available and a doula is a great way to provide this ancient practice in modern times when we may not always have access to our support systems.
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