CAILEY MERCREDI (SHE/HER)
Community | Yellowknife
Hi, I’m Cailey Mercredi, I am a born and bred Yellowknifer. My Metis roots run deep in this part of the world and I’m proud to be raising my two children in the North. I call myself a Birth Auntie and come from a long line of Indigenous birth workers, my great-great Auntie Jenny was a midwife and delivered 487 babies in her life. I recall her stories she would share and I feel very connected to her patience and empathy when I am working with my clients.
I intentionally live life at a slower pace, so in each year I have room to assist with four births and about a dozen prenatal/postnatal-only clients.
I am trained to educate throughout pregnancy, assist during birth, give aid at home during the postpartum period and provide support to families that have experienced a pregnancy, infant or child loss. No two births are the same and with each client I aim to learn from them so I can inform them in whatever capacity they feel appeals to their body and their process.
My approach with my clients is to always come with my heart and my hands offering gentle and empathetic support. I am a Registered Massage Therapist which allows me to bring a unique anatomy knowledge to help pregnant bodies (and teach their support person how to) relieve aches and pains during pregnancy and labour. I truly believe that each person has the knowledge within themselves to know what they want and can do while birthing their baby. My job is to see who they are and empower them to harness that confidence. I enjoy nothing more than being invited to walk beside someone as they choose whatever journey to parenthood feels safe and exciting to them.