A growing number of Indigenous doulas are working to decolonize the birthing process. Doulas offer guidance and support for expecting mothers before, during and after delivery. Programs on many reservations offer doulas at little or no cost. We’ll talk with some Indigenous doulas about what their role is for pregnant mothers and how they help maintain connections to Native traditions.
Melissa Brown (Anishinaabe and Diné) – co-founder of Zaagi’idiwin
Julia Wall “Hoki Pah” (Pueblo, Anishinaabe) – doula with Tewa Women United
Natalie Nicholson (enrolled at the Three Affiliated Tribes of Fort Berthold) – nurse practitioner and lactation counselor Mewinzha Ondaadiziike Wiigaming
Break 1 Music: Kaaka-ggua Cauyalriitqa (song) Pamyua (artist) Mengluni (The Beginning) (album)
Break 2 Music: Apsaalooke Double Beat (Sung for Head Lady Dancer Dora Old Elk) (song) Warscout (artist) Scouts (album)