joining the collective

We welcome new doulas!

If you are a self-identified Indigenous doula, birth worker, or community member who would like to join our collective, please fill out this form.

Our collective runs on a collaborative and empowerment model with other Indigenous birth workers. As a collective, we are non-hierarchical and use consensus-based decision making. We share mentorship and support amongst our members. Our shared values include decolonial, trauma-informed, anti-racist, inclusive, and accessible care.

Shared leadership and reciprocity are the foundations of our collective. Collective members make the following contributions:

  • Attendance at least 1 volunteer birth per year;
  • Attendance of at least 5 collective meetings or events per year;
  • For work that comes through the collective’s intake system that pays at least $500/birth, the doula will pay 5% back into the collective. This will fund volunteer births and community events. This is so all doulas can be reimbursed for parking, food, gas, and childcare costs when attending volunteer births.

At this time, our work to build the collective happens on a volunteer basis. We are working towards becoming a registered non-profit and designing funding models that do not rely on dependent relationships with the state. Joining the collective is for you if:

  • You are committed to the principles of Indigenous reproductive justice and want to find ways to make this more meaningful in your everyday life
  • You have the capacity to take on volunteer work
  • You feel you would benefit from a community of support and practice to debrief, celebrate, learn, and rant with as an Indigenous birth worker
  • You are interested in mentorship opportunities either as a mentee or mentor (or both!) within the field of birth work
  • You share our vision of returning birth to Indigenous communities and improving the reproductive and sexual health status of Indigenous peoples according to our own definitions of well-being
  • You believe that doulas can play an important role in mitigating the harms Indigenous families are exposed to while navigating the Canadian medical system
  • You believe that every Indigenous family who wants access to a doula should have one, regardless of income
  • You believe that Indigenous birth work should be compensated fairly and are willing to help with advocacy to make this the new norm.

 

 

 

 

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