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I think it enriches the community so much. To bring birth back to the community is so vital because many communities have lost birth altogether. We really need to bring birth back to help balance the cycle so that there are celebrations and a renewed reverence for life. I think birth is part of healing the community.
- Lesley Paulette, Aboriginal Midwife, Fort Smith, NWT

First Nations Midwifery

Aurora Midwifery is pleased to launch Calgary and area’s First Nations midwifery program. Aurora Midwifery is reaching out to mothers and families of our First Nations communities to provide complete, culturally safe pregnancy, birth and postpartum care.

We are working in collaboration with the Elbow River Healing Lodge at Sheldon Chumir in Calgary. This partnership will bring together resources and support for First Nations families and make accessing a midwife easier.

We support First Nations and Metis midwives supporting First Nations families, in keeping the National Aboriginal Council of Midwives’ (NACM) core values of Aboriginal Midwifery:


Within our practice we have a team of First Nations midwives working together to provide complete prenatal, birth and postpartum care. Midwifery makes a difference in women’s lives through:

  • Focus on culturally safe care
  • Trust building through continuity of care
  • 24/7 on-call access to primary care provider, through your pregnancy, birth ad 6 weeks after birth
  • 30 minute prenatal visits, including some home visit capabilities
  • Admitting privileges to all Calgary hospitals for prenatal concerns and birth care
  • Fully Funded by Alberta Health Services, no cost to clients
  • Consulting capabilities with Obstetrics for higher risk care
  • Six weeks postpartum care, by midwives including home visits during the first week postpartum
  • Breastfeeding support
  • Newborn care
  • Health Teaching