My name is Cheyenne La Vallee. I am Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw & Anishinaabe. I was born in Winnipeg, MB, but I was raised and currently live in the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh community of X̱wemelch’stn (North Vancouver, BC). I am a member of the Baker family of the Squamish Nation.
I am excited to be a member of the ekw’í7tl doula collective. Since I was young, I felt a calling to be in a supportive role for people during pregnancy, childbirth and parenthood and to work with babies and children. I knew about the role of the midwife since I was young but learned about role of the doula when I was 15. The idea of providing non-medical continuous physical and emotional support for those in need deeply connected to me. I completed my birth doula training through Wise Women Way of Birth in 2013 and my postpartum doula training with DONA International in 2016. A few years after that, I took the plunge into the work itself.
I am committed to providing inclusive, trauma-aware birth and postpartum support for Indigenous people who are birthing, their families and communities in the metro Vancouver area but also for those who are coming from out of the city. I hope to meet and support you where you are at, listen to your birth wishes and support you in creating a birth plan that respect your cultural and individual birth traditions. For those birthing from out of city, I hope to provide community connections for cultural and social support.
In addition to birth and postpartum work, I have an interest in culture and language revitalization, mental wellness, child and youth care, and community development. I hope to attend Simon Fraser University’s Squamish Language Immersion program in the fall and continue on into social work. In my spare time, I enjoy Coast Salish weaving, biking around the city and dancing.