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 who provides physical/mental/emotional/spiritual support to pregnant people and their families. This package of care usually includes at least one visit during pregnancy, continuous support during birth, and at least one visit after your baby is born. A doula is a great addition to a Midwife or Doctor because we are able to provide continuous childbirth support starting in early labour, and at-home care in the early postpartum period. Traditionally, our communities had many of these birth aunties readily available. Working with a doula is a way to practice this ancient tradition in modern times, when we may not always have access to our community support systems.
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