The Maternal and Child Health program aims to support pregnant First Nations women to experience healthy pregnancies, and to support parents of infants and young children and their families in helping children to develop optimally into adulthood.
For a complete description of the program, including objectives and components, see the
FNHA Programs and Services guide.
A doula provides emotional, physical and spiritual support for expectant mothers and their families during pregnancy, labour and the postpartum period.
Building on the role of the traditional Aunty, First Nation and Aboriginal doulas can help expectant mothers and their families in honouring the traditional and spiritual practices and beliefs associated with maternity care. They can also support language and cultural needs.
These two FNHA documents outline important things to consider if you are planning to recruit or retain a doula, or thinking about becoming a doula:
BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres, the FNHA and the BC Ministry of Health has a grant program whose goal is to provide Indigenous families living in BC with up to $1,000 of coverage for full spectrum doula support with each pregnancy.
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