Session Date: October 22, 2015
Please join us in a conversation about Doulas and Midwives with Kayla Serrato of FNHA, who organized this presentation in collaboration with Amanda Engen of BCAAF, and Jeannette MacInnis, who will facilitate the presentation, also of BCAAFC.
Also presenting are Kathleen Lindstrom of Douglas College, Marijke de Zwager of Midwives Association, and Sophie Bender Johnston of UBC.
“Perinatal Services BC recognizes the value of and celebrates Aboriginal cultures and traditions. We continue to lead efforts to produce culturally appropriate and inclusive perinatal resources for Aboriginal peoples across the province and to ensure that an Aboriginal perspective of health is addressed throughout any program.” ~ Aboriginal Resources
Welcome to the Session & General introductions: Jeannette MacInnis
What is the difference between a doula and a midwife: Marijke. Thinking that you could try to answer this generally Marijke before launching into your presentation, but totally open to other approaches J
Focus on midwifery: Marijke (15 min presentation with 10 minutes for questions – 25 min total)
– What does a midwife do during prenatal, birth and postpartum care and how.do …they work together with doulas?
– Why is midwifery care important? Why might a family choose to work with a midwife during and after their pregnancy?
– How can families access a midwife?
– Examples of midwifery care as a part of First Nations and Aboriginal programming in BC?
– What is Aboriginal midwifery? How is the approach to care potentially different?
– How does one become a a midwife?
– What are some examples of midwifery training in BC?
– Questions and answers
Focus on doula care: Kathleen and Sophie (15 min presentation with 10 minutes for questions – 25 min total)
– What does a doula do during prenatal, birth and postpartum care and how do they work together with midwives?
– Why is doula care important? Why might a family choose to work with a doula during and after their pregnancy?
– How can families access a doula?
– What is Aboriginal doula care? How is the approach to care potentially different?
– How does one become a doula?
– What are some examples of doula training in BC?
– Questions and answers
Focus on Doulas for Aboriginal Families Grant Program: Jeannette (15 min presentation with 10 minutes for questions – 25 min total)
– What is the Doulas for Aboriginal Families Grant Program?
– How has the grant program changed and expanded? What is the difference between what
– How can doulas, midwives and frontline providers generally be helping to connect families to the grant program?
– Any other general information related to maternal child health programming and Friendship Centres
– Questions and answers
Any final questions – Closing
About the presenters:
Jeannette MacInnis, Director of Health has been working at the BCAAFC since 2009. Her ancestry is Cree, Dakota Sioux and Scottish descent. Jeannette is a strong advocate for the health and well-being of all women, with an expansive academic background on the issue extending as far afield as the plight of women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Jeannette is highly active in the movement to end violence against Aboriginal women, including human trafficking, sexual exploitation, and domestic and family violence. She currently sits on the board of directors for the BWSS in Vancouver and many other provincial and community based communities with a focus on women and children.
Kathleen A Lindstrom, CBD, CBDT, CBE, FACCE – works at Douglas College in the Health Sciences Faculty as the Perinatal Program Manager responsible for Prenatal and Career Development Programs. www.douglascollege.ca/ce/perinatal
She is a Childbirth Educator, DONA International Birth Doula, Birth Doula Trainer, Past President & Mentor and has been training Doulas for 24 years. Kathleen is a former La Leche League Leader, Lactation Consultant with over 30 years of experience in teaching and working with childbearing families.
Recipient of the Penny Simkin Award for Doula Spirit and Mentoring, Douglas College Team Excellence Award and Award of Excellence With Distinction from BC Women’s Hospital for her contributions as part of the interdisciplinary team teaching the Normal Birth Workshop for UBC medical and midwifery students.
Kathleen’s presentations throughout North America and internationally, have been well received and seen as being inspiring and instrumental in changing practice. She incorporates her vast range of knowledge and experience with her respectful caring manner, humour and passion.
Marijke de Zwager is a settler, born in Victoria, BC to immigrants from England & the Netherlands. Marijke came to midwifery from years of working in community development and social justice, both in Canada and in Latin America. For her, being part of building a community of support around people and their families as they grow is an honour and a privilege. She is constantly awed by the power, strength and wisdom that pregnancy, birth and babies offer.
Marijke is a founding member of the Midwives Association Aboriginal Committee. This fall, Marijke and her midwifery practice partner, Lauren Redman, began offering midwifery services at the Urban Native Youth Association’s (UNYA) new Health and Wellness Centre. While Marijke loves being a midwife in Vancouver, she is also passionate about decreasing maternal mortality/morbidity in low resource settings and has worked as a midwife in Zambia, Haiti and Cambridge Bay, Nunavut.
Organized and Co-hosted by:
Co-hosted by the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres and First Nations Health Authority. Join us with a number of guest speakers to hear about their work in the area doula and midwifery care.
Please come to the session with a healthy curiosity with questions as there will time for good conversation. This session is open and welcome to anyone!
Amanda Engan, Doulas for Aboriginal Families Grant Program Administrator, BCAAFC – Canadian Partnership Against Cancer Coordinator is Dene/Metis from the Dene Tha Nation in Chetah, Alberta. Amanda recently completed a contract with AANDC as the Regional Plan Coordinator with the BCAAFC to support a provincial wide community engagement process to gathering information from community partners and stakeholders that will inform the development of a strategic regional plan. She was recently hired as the Doula Support Program Coordinator and Canadian Partnership Against Cancer Coordinator to fulfill the contractual obligations of each initiative with the purpose to support Aboriginal people and families.
Amanda holds a Master’s of Arts in Dispute Resolution after completing a Bachelor of Social Work with an Indigenous Specialization from the University of Victoria. She was a co-researcher in a collaborative Master’s project with former Dispute Resolution student Sabina Chatterjee called Stories of Strength, Resilience, and Hope: A Collaborative Project with Surrounded by Cedar Child and Family Services. The goal of the project was to work with Surrounded by Cedar not as experts, but as facilitators in support of a process that incorporates culturally resonant practices, while exploring options for organizational change.
Amanda’s research interests include projects involving decolonization, collaboration, self-determination, social justice, Indigenization and/or Anti-oppression work. Her life goals consist of peacemaking, advocacy for youth and families, and strategizing ways to build economic stability and sustainability for Indigenous people.
Kayla Serrato, Health Planner, Maternal Child Health, Policy Planning and Transformation, FNHA – Organizer and coordinator of this production/presentation.
Reading material to read before participating in webinar/videoconference:
- Download reading material here: Doulas for Aboriginal Families