We provide culturally-relevant, trauma-informed care to Indigenous families through the full-spectrum of reproductive-health related experiences, including pregnancy, birth, postpartum, pregnancy loss, family planning, menstruation, and abortion. We offer educational workshops and trainings to families, doulas, and health systems partners. Our work takes place in our clients’ homes, hospitals and clinical settings.
We serve families who self-identify as Indigenous. Primarily we serve pregnant people and new parents who identify as women. Our clients include racialized Indigenous and Indigenous LGBTQ2 people, people who use drugs, people involved with child welfare, insecurely housed folks, and people who have travelled to Vancouver for perinatal healthcare services from other parts of the province. We work alongside midwives, doctors and other health systems partners to educate and advocate for Indigenous women’s health and gender inclusivity in reproductive health care.
Our fees help us to continue the work that we are doing with families and to invest in training and mentorship opportunities for Indigenous doulas. At the same time, we believe that every Indigenous family who wants a doula should have access to one. We have worked to build partnerships with different organizations to make funding for Indigenous doula care available to Indigenous families. If you have financial need, please ask us about how to access grant funding to cover the cost of your care. We also encourage the exchange of culturally-relevant gifts (such as tobacco) to support the intention of reciprocity and the spiritual dimension of the relationship between you and your doula.
FULL SPECTRUM DOULA CARE
Doulas are non-medical companions who offer holistic (emotional, mental, physical and spiritual) support. We offer companionship through the full circle of reproductive health experiences, including prenatal, birth, postpartum, abortion, perinatal loss, adoption, and other aspects of reproductive health.
Indigenous Full SPectrum Doula Training
Our full spectrum doula training program centres the culturally rooted nature of Indigenous doula care, while attending to the physiology of birth, and contemporary contexts that shape Indigenous peoples’ reproductive choices, experiences, and outcomes.
Indigenous Prenatal Course
Our prenatal course was developed for Indigenous families by Indigenous birth workers, to offer a culturally-relevant, Indigenous-centred prenatal class offering that goes above and beyond the typical mainstream childbirth education course.
We offer workshops that can be customized to the needs of your group. Topics can include prenatal education, what is a doula, the significance of Indigenous birth work, postpartum education, and Indigenous perspectives on maternal and reproductive health. Activities can include sharing circles, herbal tea making, cord pouch making, etc.
Fees: $300 for a 2 hour workshop + 1.5 hour prep time (materials extra). For group sizes of more than 10 or longer workshops, please inquire about pricing. For low-budget or no-budget organizations/groups, please inquire about trade or by-donation options.
Our doulas have advanced educational backgrounds and work experience specializing in Indigenous reproductive, sexual, and maternal health. We can provide consultation services related to Indigenous cultural safety, healthy allyship, and other relevant educational topics. Please inquire if you have a question and are wondering if or how we can help.
Fees: Rates start at $100/hour. For low-budget or no-budget organizations/groups, please inquire about reduced rates.