Throughout the 20th century, Indigenous languages, culture, and ceremony were discouraged and forbidden by the Canadian government. This prohibition extended to the practice of midwifery and celebration of birth among Indigenous people, who were forced to abandon their practices and rely on western medicine. Currently, birth outcomes reflect that modern prenatal and postnatal services are inadequate for Indigenous women and families. Furthermore, many Indigenous women report having negative birth experiences, such as having to travel long distances to receive care, or having to deal with racism from hospital staff.

Alberta Indigenous Birth Keepers and Doulas are committed to improving birth for Indigenous women and families. Our mission is to:

  • Advocate for women and families as they navigate the health care system.

  • Deliver prenatal and postnatal community outreach programs that are culturally-appropriate, that incorporate traditional Indigenous

  • teachings.

  • Revitalize traditional Indigenous reproductive practices.

  • Provide and refer doulas for women and families who request their services.

  • Support our network of birth workers (doulas, midwives, nurses, etc).

  • Create safe birth spaces for Indigenous women and vulnerable populations, in both rural and urban settings, on- and off-reserve/Metis settlement.

By achieving these goals in a good way, we strive to improve birth outcomes and experiences for Indigenous women and families.