Danette Jubinville belongs to the Cyr family from the Pasqua First Nation on her father’s side, and her ancestry is Cree, Saulteaux, Jewish, and mixed-European. Danette is grateful to be living, learning, and raising up her daughter Keestin in the unceded, ancestral homelands of xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.
Danette’s pregnancy with Keestin sparked her interest in birth work, which builds on her passion for women’s health, education, and social justice. Danette’s doula practice is informed by several years of experience with Indigenous medicine and food growing initiatives, culturally-relevant wellness programming, and her academic research. Working as a doula connects Danette to a longer line of midwives in her family, and she sees the revitalization of Indigenous birth work as critical to the well-being of Indigenous people and Nations.
My grandmother, Ella Jubinville née Cyr (Pasqua First Nation) can still remember her grandmother, Isabel Bear (Ochapowace First Nation) delivering her siblings at their home on the reserve. I aim to honour my grandmothers and uplift the strength of mothers and families as we work together to create nurturing, loving environments for our future generations. My belief is that birth is our first and most powerful ceremony. In my role as a doula, I hold space for mothers and parents to be leaders and decision-makers who know what is best for their own bodies, their babies, and their families.
Relevant Education and Experience
- PhD student, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University
- MSc, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University
- BA, First Nations and Indigenous Studies Program, University of British Columbia
- DONA International Birth Doula Training, Douglas College
- INNATE Postpartum Care Training Online
- Practicum Student, Aboriginal Mother Centre Society
- Medicine Collective Helper, Indigenous Research and Education Garden, UBC Farm
- Garden Coordinator, Culturally Relevant Urban Wellness Program, Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society
- Wild Roots Plant Apprenticeship
- Standard First Aid and CPR
Full-spectrum postpartum care (including for miscarriage and abortion), workshop facilitation, academic lectures, consulting. Not currently accepting birth clients.