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
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:
HEALING • RESPECT • AUTONOMY • COMPASSION • BONDING • BREASTFEEDING • CULTURAL SAFETY • CLINICAL EXCELLENCE • EDUCATION • RESPONSIBILITY
Informed choice is the belief held by midwives that parents are the best decision makers for their own health care.
Aurora Midwifery provides personal, individualized care that respects physical, emotional and cultural diversity.
Midwives work in small teams, giving clients a chance to get to know all care providers and feel safety in knowing who will attend their birth.
Aurora Midwives have admitting privileges at all Calgary hospitals. We also have access to the Arbour birth center and are very supportive of home births.
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: