MISSION, VISION, AND VALUES
Our mission is to provide cost supported programming and services for all stages of the reproductive journey including conception, pregnancy, birth, postpartum, miscarriage, loss, abortion, and parenting.
We intend to provide continuous education to members of our community and grow a territory wide network of birthworkers who are able to provide collective care that is grounded in our values.
We acknowledge that colonization has had a great impact on our bodies and traditions, and believe that revitalizing traditional knowledge is a crucial step in our collective healing.
We believe that birthwork is a part of Reproductive Justice and are committed to working with communities and individuals to advocate for the human rights of all pregnant, birthing and postpartum people.
We are committed to the work and practices that are necessary to not perpetuate harm caused by racism within our communities. Canada is a colonial country with oppressive and violent systems and structures. Our work strives to be just and equitable.
Our families are filled with grandmothers, grandfathers, aunties, uncles, cousins and chosen family members who are important to us and help raise our children. We honour the knowledge and strengths that come from all members of our community and support them as experts in their own health and well-being.
All people deserve quality care and access to services that support them in their reproductive health, birthing and parenting journey. We uplift traditional birthing and parenting practices that are grounded in our communities.
Support provided to families and individuals throughout conception to parenthood, including miscarriage, abortion and loss, should centre the whole person and nurture their mental, emotional, physical & spiritual well-being.
Our communities are made beautiful by our diversity. We welcome and respect all Indigenous, Black and other people of colour, immigrants and refugees, people who have disabilities, and people of all gender identities, including two-spirit, trans and non-binary individuals.
We respect all members of our community no matter where they are in their journey. This includes all people receiving services for care and all members of the Northern Birthwork Collective.
OUR COLLECTIVE VISION
The Northern Birthwork Collective’s vision is for all families, pregnant and birthing people from underserved communities to have access to holistic and dignified support, that is respectful and free of oppression and racism.