Doula care is currently a private health care service, meaning it is not covered by MSP. There are several ways to fund your doula care, some possibilities include:
– saving up or fundraising
– asking your friends or family to gift you with doula care (for example, as a baby shower present)
– checking with your band if funding is available
We understand that many families cannot afford to pay for doula care, and at the same time, we believe that all Indigenous families who desire access to doula care should have it, as our ancestors did. We are working to build relationships with local and provincial organizations to make our care accessible and affordable for Indigenous families. Currently, the following funding opportunities are available for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit families:
Doula grant program
The Doulas for Aboriginal Families Grant Program is administered by the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres and is available on a first come, first serve basis until funding runs out. You can find more information here. Please note, not all of our collective members are currently eligible to be paid through the Doula grant program due to specific certification requirements set out by the grant.
Indigenous Health and Wellness Team at St. Paul’s Hospital Grant
We have created a partnership with the Indigenous Health and Wellness Team at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver to provide our services to Indigenous families. Funding is available on a first come, first serve basis until funding runs out or until June 2020 (whichever comes first). All ekw’í7tl doulas are eligible to be paid through this grant. For more information on the grant, see poster below:
Funding may be available for First Nations people to access doula care through Jordan’s principle. You can find more information here.