Join us on Monday, September 18, 2017, to hear from Evelyn George, Indigenous Lead, Midwives Association of BC, and Danette Jubinville, Founding Member, ekw’í7tl Indigenous Doula Collective. In this informative, interesting, and interactive session, we will explore the past and present roles of doulas and midwives in our communities.
Evelyn shares with us, “The word ‘postpartum’ is very commonly connected to our ideas about heavy emotions following the birth of a baby, but the true meaning of the word ‘postpartum’ is ‘after birth.’ That’s it! So our conversation will be based on what midwives do after birth, and what this can mean to families and to whole communities, which of course ties in with supporting families through difficult times as well.”
In this session, Danette will share her insights as an Aboriginal Doula around postpartum care: “As communities seeking to heal from colonial policies and processes that negatively impact maternal-child wellness, we must uphold our ancestral values related to this delicate and sacred stage of life. Indigenous doulas support families as they navigate the healthcare system and adjust to a new way of life by providing culturally relevant information, care, and connection.”
In this Learning Circle, Danette will offer reflections on postpartum care from a doula’s perspective, as well as share about the ekw’í7tl Collective and how Indigenous Doulas are contributing to harm reduction, decolonization, and Indigenous resurgence movements.
Likewise, Evelyn will share her wisdom, as an Aboriginal Midwife, on the traditional roles of midwives and what it can mean for communities to bring this back.
About the Presenters:
Evelyn George, Registered Midwife* Indigenous Lead, Midwives Association of BC – Community Programs Lead, National Aboriginal Council of Midwives. My name is Evelyn George, I am Nipissing from Ontario, and my current home is on the Penticton Indian Reserve. I have been attending birth for thirteen years, and the last eight of those have been as a Registered Midwife*. Attending and witnessing birth is a huge gift, as is supporting families in all the changes that come after baby arrives. Care in the time after baby arrives, or postpartum time, is the topic for our session on the UBC Learning Circles September 18th.
*A Registered Midwife is a primary healthcare provider who provides care through pregnancy, labour, birth and postpartum. There is no cost to having a Registered Midwife as long as you have a BC Care Card or BC Services Card. For more information, visit the Midwives Association of BC website: www.bcmidwives.com
Danette Jubinville, Founding Member, ekw’í7tl Indigenous Doula Collective, MSc Candidate, SFU Faculty of Health Sciences. I am a Nehiyaw-nahkawekwe from Treaty 4 territory with Cree, Saulteaux, German-Jewish, French and Scottish ancestry, and I currently live and work in Coast Salish homelands with my daughter, Keestin. My own pregnancy and birth inspired me to become a doula, which involves providing non-clinical holistic support to new mothers and families before, during, and after childbirth.
Before the Session:
Participants may wish to view some of the videos made by the National Aboriginal Council of Midwives which feature Indigenous midwives across Canada on a range of topics.”
Pdf version of their powerpoint presentation:
Video of What is Postpartum Care?