Gathering together with our community members and both past and present clients and their families. Bring a dish to share, yourself and your families! Time and place depends on current covid-19 protocol. To be deteremined.
An online drop in circle for Indigenous families. Prenatal discussions will be held on an ongoing basis. Topics include but are not limited to: birth visions, birth as ceremony, stages of labor, inductions, caesarean, body feeding and newborn life.
I am Okanagan, French Canadian and European. I have supported North Americas First Peoples with all things postnatal for the past ten years. However, a few years ago I was gifted the opportunity to learn and work with Indigenous families prenatally and birthing. Since then, I have been providing full spectrum services, prenatal support and preparation, leading into birth and concluding with postnatal care"
Available for limited birth support and lactation support
Full Spectrum Birth Keeper, Family Advocate and Certified Childbirth Educator
"I am a mother of three wonderful beings. Each of their entries into the world so unique. I have been walking with families a long time now. 25 years in practice, the last 12 in birth work. Birth is ceremony and has the potential to be a great portal of healing power not just for Life Givers, but across generations. I love watching mothers and fathers be born, but I swoon when I see a Kookum step into her new place in the circle".
Indigenous Birth Keeper and Certified Childbirth Educator
"Hi, I’m Yesenia, an Ojibwe, Cree & Salvadoran mother to four! I believe birth is ceremony, whichever way your body releases, is a ceremony. It is when you become pregnant, that you find your place in community and it is in that community, where you find your strength. I focus on evidence based prenatal education, while holding space for the sacredness of birth. Let's bring birth back to the basics, to the land and to the people"
Available for teaching engagements and childbirth education/prenatal classes.
Full Spectrum Indigenous Birth Keeper & Doula Training Facilitator
"I am from the Skwxw7mesh (Squamish) and Snuneymuxw (Nanaimo) Nations on my fathers’ side and Kwakwaka’wakw (Campbell River, Fort Rupert, Alert Bay, Port Hardy) Wuikinuxv (Rivers Inlet) and Haisla (kitimaat) Nations on my mothers’ side. I am a mother to 3 beautiful children. My dream for the future is to support the opening of a birthing center for Indigenous families. Your wants and needs are important throughout your entire birthing process. I am here to ensure your voices are heard and respected."
"Rayann is Indigenous (Tsuut’ina Nation) and European. She has been helping birthing families as a Doula and a prenatal teacher for the past 15 years.Rayann continues to help encourage families to view Birth as an experience that can be shaped to be positive and rewarding. Birth is a time for women to honor and celebrate the power they hold as life givers. We need to as Katsie Cook Mohawk midwife says, “we need to honor the very first environments – the mother’s womb.”
Full Spectrum Birth Keeper
"Karen is a full spectrum birth keeper, with her current support prioritizing high risk pregnancies and walking along side families that require extra support. With her combined knowledge and lived experience, Karen’s calling, and passion has brought her to focusing and caring for families who are navigating substance use during the perinatal and postnatal period. Karen’s hopes and dreams are to open a birthing center and she has a love for home birth!"