"Kilila" a Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw word bestowed upon the Collective in ceremony in the Summer of 2020. A significant meaning translated to ”Butterfly"
Walking together, in birth and life. Birth is ceremony. Birth is connection. Birth is community. Birth is reclamation. At Kilila Birth Keeper Collective, we are an Indigenous led support group of women from diverse backgrounds supporting families within the Greater Vancouver area and surrounding. We welcome families from all walks of life, family dynamics and gender identities. Our teachings focus on the four sacred directions of whole body wellness: our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual selves. From conception, pregnancy, loss, miscarriage, abortion and birth- our birth keepers provide unbiased full spectrum support. We hold an array of knowledge both through traditional teachings and clinical teachings. We began as a small group of doulas supporting families within the Surrey area through a local outreach organization. We have since branched off and formed the Kilila Birth Keeper Collective. We now serve a variety of city locations such as Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, Coquitlam, Poco, Port Moody, Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge, Abbotsford, Surrey, Delta, Langley, Richmond and Tsawwassen. Support is prioritized for Indigenous families, however if you are seeking to work with the collective, please reach out as we have 5 doulas with an array of availability. Funding is available for Indigenous families through the Doulas for Aboriginal Family Grant Program. If finances are a barrier we offer sliding scale and payment plans See investment summary.
*Video source: Northern Health BC**
"A sense of self, a sense of purpose; a sense of being, a sense of community; you learn that from the womb...the earliest stages of life encourage us to recognize our responsibilities for teaching, honoring, and integrating children into all parts of the community, and this process begins during pregnancy."