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Missoula — Women at the University of Montana underwent Spectrum Indigenous doula training to embrace the diversity of Indigenous customs at the birth of their children.
Spectrum Indigenous Doula Training enables graduates to return to their communities and restore their role of aid in women’s health. The training was grounded in the rich culture of Indigenous doulacare and the physiology of parturition while respecting the frameworks that influence Indigenous reproductive choices, experiences and outcomes.
The program was facilitated by Anishinaabe and Diné’s midwife, Melissa Brown, and Metidoula, Candice Neumann. Unusual and unique training programs presented new or familiar insights into childbirth, perceived through indigenous beliefs and traditions.
Like many other jobs, becoming an Indigenous doula gives you another chance to reconnect with your own Indigenous roots by embracing the teachings passed down from your Indigenous ancestors.
Each tribe has its own customs and methods of giving birth and receiving new life, but there is something that all share in common: strength, readiness, patience and pain during birth. Everyone has endured pregnancy and childbirth, including pregnant women who go to give birth alone in remote areas, family companions, and childbirth in the bath or hospital.
The curriculum presented personal experience in the areas of several cultural practices and all the topics necessary for an indigenous or non-indigenous person to become a doula.
The Montana Obstetrics & Maternal Support (MOMS) program was developed to connect rural health care providers with perinatal, behavioral health, and other professionals to improve performance and consistency in maternal health care. I was. The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, the University of Montana’s Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities, and the Billings Clinic are collaborating with his MOMS program, Health Resource Services Administration (HRSA).
With the aim of enhancing maternal health as a state priority, MOMS seeks to reduce maternal mortality and severe morbidity in Montana through a variety of collaborations, including training. The MOMS Demonstration Project is run by the Billings Clinic and has the primary goal of improving the capabilities of Montana’s maternal health care workers and integrating innovation into healthcare delivery to improve patient outcomes.
According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, Montana has the sixth-highest maternal mortality rate in the United States, and severe maternal mortality is also a concern. According to the Indian Health Service, Indians and Alaska Natives sustain higher mortality rates than other Americans in various categories, and Montana has a disproportionately high incidence of Indian and Alaska Native patients.
According to the National Institutes of Health, maternal morbidity represents short-term or long-term health problems resulting from pregnancy and childbirth. Maternal mortality refers to deaths in women from complications of pregnancy or childbirth that occur during pregnancy or within 6 weeks after termination of pregnancy.
Valerie Lofgren, MOMS Regional Engagement Coordinator, Billings Clinic, said:
“We recognize that these rural communities do not have ideal access or support,” Lofgren said. Making indigenous maternity workers accessible is critical as a way to reduce postnatal and loneliness. ”
“This is just one of the things we can do to support these moms,” Lofgren said.
When comparing childbirth and Indigenous ceremonies, Brown welcomed the Indigenous perspective on childbirth and Sundance, citing author Patricia Gonzalez, one of two authors of Indigenous-themed doulas. I quoted Mr.
In Gonzalez’s Book of Red Medicine, she compares childbirth to an indigenous ritual. she said: Like native rituals, birth requires preparation of the body and mind, preparation of physical space, and entry into an unknown dimension that is largely uncontrollable by human intervention. ”
The book cites midwives likening men to Sundance. Sundance is a ritual that requires prayer, courage and determination in the midst of suffering and suffering.
According to the book, “My midwife likened it to the man at Sundance, the man in the lodge, in the arbor. A man goes through to cleanse his body, bleed, and shed flesh.” When you go to a ceremony, a medicine lodge or an all-night ceremony … you can be sure that you are in a positive state of mind where you want to pray, do your best to strengthen, sit back and be strong. All night long…fasting.It is physically very draining, but mentally very rich…”
Brown encourages women to converse with and question Indigenous grandmothers. As an intertribal doula, Brown said, he needs to do research to understand different traditions between tribes.