Traditional birthing a step toward reclaiming health care sovereignty – National Post

Jun 16, 2022

Indigenous people have historically faced racism and discrimination when seeking medical treatment, and this continues today, says CMA president

When Ashley Rabbitskin went into labour in February 2022, her mother, two midwives and other women trained in supporting traditional childbirth joined her in the healing lodge at Sturgeon Lake First Nation in Saskatchewan.

Men lit a fire outside and tended it throughout the occasion. Inside, a pipe was lit and sweetgrass smoke scented the air.

Years of cultural training with Elder women and proponents of traditional childbirth had prepared Rabbitskin for the natural act of bringing life into the world.

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