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Hey folks, I hope everyone is well and safe during this time. I wanted to share that I'll be on this podcast tonight, ta...
05/03/2021

Hey folks, I hope everyone is well and safe during this time.

I wanted to share that I'll be on this podcast tonight, talking and sharing with 4 wonderful Indigenous women from Hear Four The Shift.

Lately the podcasts I've been on have been heavy and took me a few days to recuperate, but this episode tonight will be light and breezy and more than likely filled with auntie laughs 😊

Like, follow, share their page! Listen in on their past live streams too!
Tonight's show will be live streamed on Facebook and YouTube Live. If you want to get to know me a bit more and come be in this space, this is your invitation!

Tomorrow we are chatting with Jolene Creely on our podcast Hear Four The Shift. Some topics include Urban Indigenous experiences, and sex/intimacy positivity. Check it out if you feel called.💛

Photos from Apapachar Wombyn Services's post
04/23/2021

Photos from Apapachar Wombyn Services's post

Something amazing happened today!! A milestone to my work 🥳💖 a white woman, who uplifts the work I do in the community, ...
03/18/2021

Something amazing happened today!! A milestone to my work 🥳💖 a white woman, who uplifts the work I do in the community, recognizes and paid reparations to help an Indigenous mother/family deserve the care they need!!!

The Indigenous family I am supporting had been notified of this generous offer to help offset the costs 🙌 I'm sure we are feeling all the love!!

I am just amazed at the generosity from some people!! If anyone ever feels called to, they are more than welcome to subsidize the costs for an expecting Indigenous parent and family. This is a way to pay reparations and to uphold the principles of what it means to be an ally. This is supporting the important community work in Indigenous communities and families.

I've been very active, bold, and loud on my Instagram page lately! Give me a follow if ya wanna see daily updates in regards to Indigenous birth work 😊 @osawapikwanis ✨

Something amazing happened today!! A milestone to my work 🥳💖 a white woman, who uplifts the work I do in the community, recognizes and paid reparations to help an Indigenous mother/family deserve the care they need!!!

The Indigenous family I am supporting had been notified of this generous offer to help offset the costs 🙌 I'm sure we are feeling all the love!!

I am just amazed at the generosity from some people!! If anyone ever feels called to, they are more than welcome to subsidize the costs for an expecting Indigenous parent and family. This is a way to pay reparations and to uphold the principles of what it means to be an ally. This is supporting the important community work in Indigenous communities and families.

I've been very active, bold, and loud on my Instagram page lately! Give me a follow if ya wanna see daily updates in regards to Indigenous birth work 😊 @osawapikwanis ✨

So excited to announce my first ever podcast interview was done with The Comeback Society! It was such an honor to sit d...
03/08/2021

So excited to announce my first ever podcast interview was done with The Comeback Society! It was such an honor to sit down and have real conversation with these amazing women 💕

Its fitting that the podcast was released on this beautiful International Womens Day ✨

I hope someone out there feels inspired by this real and raw conversation. I hope that I continue to walk in resiliency and beauty from my female ancestors who have done the work before me 💖

Happy international women's day 😊 be sure to give The Comeback Society a like and follow on their social medias!

✨Episode 11 out now !! ✨
Sorry for the delay in the episode release, we were able to participate in a sweat ceremony yesterday and was away from social media. Thank you for all understanding.

This week episode is with the beautiful Jolene Creely, she share her story with us and we are so thankful to have had the honour to listen to her speak.

Jolene Creely is a Cree and Dakota mother from Okanese First Nation in Treaty 4 Territory. Jolene is a mother, university student, Full Spectrum Indigenous Birth Worker, and Sexual Health Educator. Her passion is to reclaim and revitalize Indigenous birthing practices and knowledge. Jolene felt compelled to follow her passion after the birth of her first baby in 2017. Her blood memory was activated after her experience in childbirth that she felt called to the birth worker realm. The reason that Jolene feels so passionate about reclaiming Indigenous knowledge of pregnancy and birth is because Jolene comes from a strong matriarchal line of Indigenous midwives. Jolene's goal in the future is to be catching babys as a midwife when the time comes, but for now she is comfortable supporting families as a Indigenous doula. Jolene currently serves the Treaty 4 area as a birth worker/doula and sexual health educator.

Reminder to the "allies"
03/03/2021

Reminder to the "allies"

Some concluding and thinking out loud thoughts after the panel discussion today : ✨ Realizing my own implicit bias. The ...
02/25/2021

Some concluding and thinking out loud thoughts after the panel discussion today :

Realizing my own implicit bias. The more I am finding my footing in this urban setting, the more I realize that I am a privileged NDN and my life experiences that shaped me to be who I am today, is far more different than those around me where I currently live. The "rez NDN" vs the "urban NDN" stereotypes and mentality I grew up with are still with me and I don't realize I am even doing. I still have so much to work through on my own self journey and awarenesses but I came out of this panel discussion knowing I can make small changes that will snowball to bigger changes in the future.

The burden of education. The unwanted responsibility of needing to teach YT people. This I continue to dismantle and/or have control over. Each time I come out of a space where I am sitting, listening, learning... I feel the urgency of responsibility to educate YT people, to be loud. I need to have control over these tendencies of feeling just bc I am a Indg BW in this predominantly YT space, its not my responsibility to teach them anti-racism work, to tell them they're not in their "scope" to tell Indg pregnant bodies wtd or how to use traditional medicines or rebozos etc. I am learning how to expend my energy in a way that is loving, gentle, kind to myself and my spirit.

"If black and brown children are old enough to experience racism, white children are old enough to learn about it."
I had to sit with this closing quote for a bit because it hits home for me and my own experience of witnessing my 2 year old Indigenous girl being yelled at and treated poorly by older white kids in this city. I know I can't protect them from this stuff but it hurts me knowing that I too experienced racism before I even knew what it was and now my children are going to have to go thru it too. Its everywhere. But I know I can raise them to be authentically and powerfully Indigenous beings with strong identities of who they are 💕

We all have work to do. These are just some thoughts of mine after attending the panel discussion with RaiseHer Community. I am thankful and honored to have been recognized in this community.

Some concluding and thinking out loud thoughts after the panel discussion today :

Realizing my own implicit bias. The more I am finding my footing in this urban setting, the more I realize that I am a privileged NDN and my life experiences that shaped me to be who I am today, is far more different than those around me where I currently live. The "rez NDN" vs the "urban NDN" stereotypes and mentality I grew up with are still with me and I don't realize I am even doing. I still have so much to work through on my own self journey and awarenesses but I came out of this panel discussion knowing I can make small changes that will snowball to bigger changes in the future.

The burden of education. The unwanted responsibility of needing to teach YT people. This I continue to dismantle and/or have control over. Each time I come out of a space where I am sitting, listening, learning... I feel the urgency of responsibility to educate YT people, to be loud. I need to have control over these tendencies of feeling just bc I am a Indg BW in this predominantly YT space, its not my responsibility to teach them anti-racism work, to tell them they're not in their "scope" to tell Indg pregnant bodies wtd or how to use traditional medicines or rebozos etc. I am learning how to expend my energy in a way that is loving, gentle, kind to myself and my spirit.

"If black and brown children are old enough to experience racism, white children are old enough to learn about it."
I had to sit with this closing quote for a bit because it hits home for me and my own experience of witnessing my 2 year old Indigenous girl being yelled at and treated poorly by older white kids in this city. I know I can't protect them from this stuff but it hurts me knowing that I too experienced racism before I even knew what it was and now my children are going to have to go thru it too. Its everywhere. But I know I can raise them to be authentically and powerfully Indigenous beings with strong identities of who they are 💕

We all have work to do. These are just some thoughts of mine after attending the panel discussion with RaiseHer Community. I am thankful and honored to have been recognized in this community.

HAPPY L❤VE DAY ! Remember me when you find out your first missed period ya? 😝🥰
02/14/2021

HAPPY L❤VE DAY !

Remember me when you find out your first missed period ya? 😝🥰

This is amazing!!! I recommend any circles/training/workshops from Zaagi'idiwin 🥰Partners take advantage of this free re...
02/06/2021

This is amazing!!! I recommend any circles/training/workshops from Zaagi'idiwin 🥰

Partners take advantage of this free resource!

This is so needed, indigenous men need space too in terms of kinship and wakohtowin ❤

TRADITIONAL PRENATAL CIRCLE for FATHERS & PARTNERS
FEBRUARY 20th, 2021 10:00am to 1:00pm (CST)
Cost: FREE

Co-facilitated by
CECIL SVEINSON, Traditional knowledge keeper/Community helper
MELISSA BROWN, Anishinaabe Dine Midwife

To apply for the FEBRUARY CIRCLE: https://forms.gle/hboBfQtYoTKfmLkT9

(march application will be posted at the end of february)

This space is inclusive and designed for fathers, partners, male identified people and non-binary relatives who would like to learn how to best support their partner in pregnancy, birth and postpartum.

Free resource for Indigenous families! 😊
02/04/2021

Free resource for Indigenous families! 😊

I am so happy and relieved to see that birth alerts are ending in the province of Saskatchewan! Some points I would like...
01/27/2021
Sask. bans birth alerts

I am so happy and relieved to see that birth alerts are ending in the province of Saskatchewan!

Some points I would like to elaborate on:
In my opinion, birth alerts are a racist act. I also think it is a barbaric act because of the cruelty of disconnection between baby and mother hours postpartum... This can be a really traumatizing experience for both mom and baby, which will have lifelong impacts.

From a doula perspective, I understand and see how birth can be the most vulnerable time for the birthing person, including the period after birth. To approach a newly postpartum mother and bombard her with difficult questions is discriminatory and disrespectful.

Looking to the future I hope other provinces follow suit. Moving forward I hope to see a more family centered approach from conception through postpartum and parenting.
I hope this opens pathways to building a more trusting relationship with care providers and the expecting family.
I hope to see communities coming together to support the expecting family, to implement a program to assist with parenting and childrearing.

This care and programming should be easily accessible. It should include and provide care for families of all backgrounds and ways of living.

I have big dreams and aspirations moving forward... Who's with me? 😄
(BTW It was -35 degrees outside which inflicted my thought process lol the air literally hurt my face!)
https://regina.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=2126792

WATCH: Saskatchewan will become the latest province to end birth alerts, a move many say is long overdue. Wayne Mantyka has more.

If you, your children, or youth you may know between the ages 10-17 years old consider joining us once a week!! This is ...
01/19/2021

If you, your children, or youth you may know between the ages 10-17 years old consider joining us once a week!!

This is what our program incorporates :) and this is a FREE program!

Having access to a healthy and positive sexual education has so many benefits for youth. In this program, we will be going over topics like:

- Body Image and Self-Love
- STI’s and Contraceptives
- Consent and Healthy Relationships
- LGBTQ2S+ Sexual Health and Relationships

Along with other topics as well. This program is run by two Indigenous women, featuring Indigenous guest speakers, to provide youth a culturally safe and welcoming learning environment.

To register, go to https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1rN7dKHF6a5nva74GojbafihPtx-F5Leck0Bs8eJAv-I/viewform?edit_requested=true or email [email protected]

Please share with anyone who may benefit or be interested in this program

✊🏽🍃❤️

01/13/2021
Empowering Indigenous Youth in Sexual Education

So I did a thing...

I collaborated with a beautiful soul to present this new initiative for Indigenous youth, by indigenous youth!

We applied for our first grant and within weeks was approved!! We have no experience with grant applications so this was exciting to get confirmation 😅

💖💖💖

Birth work is connected to this. Its womb healing. It's getting to know your body. Its honoring the body you were born with and loving and honoring yourself. Its reclaiming what is yours.

What other way to incorporate these vital teachings to young ladies who are disconnected from community..? Well, this new idea was birthed. We need a safe space for youth to gather and right now its virtual but our goal was to present in person but the pandemic halted that, for now.

I applaud Mercedes for taking on this initiative alongside me... We are both full time university students this semester and this is something we are doing outside our studies ❤ give our page a like and share if called to!

Hi everyone! Empowering Indigenous Youth in Sexual Education is organized and facilitated by Jolene Creely and Mercedes Redman.

We created this project in collaboration with the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute and Regina Treaty/Status Indian Services to provide a culturally safe space to normalize conversations around reproductive and sexual health along with promoting healthy relationships with self and others for youth aged 10-17 years old.

Adolescent pregnancy prevention and prevention of sexually transmitted infections will be the overarching theme for each session by including helpful resources and creating a safe dialogue to talk about the themes. Having a weekly topic along with a guest speaker will keep youth engaged in the sessions and conversations. We hope to create a safe space for youth to leave each session feeling confident in their choices and awareness around reproductive and sexual wellness.

We will have more information out soon! 😄

Free prenatal classes for indg families!!
01/09/2021

Free prenatal classes for indg families!!

*UPDATE: APPLICATIONs NOW CLOSED

4 WEEK ONLINE TRADITIONAL PRENATAL CLASSES

FEBRUARY 3rd, 10th, 17th 24th, 2021 from 5-7pm CST
COST: FREE

To apply:
https://forms.gle/SB4EsTtZsKnbgGE17

Deadline to apply: January 21st, 2021

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT!! 😁 So excited to finally announce what I have been busy creating behind the scenes in colla...
01/09/2021

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT!!
😁

So excited to finally announce what I have been busy creating behind the scenes in collaboration with Miss beautiful soul Mercedes Redman ✨🥰💖

We applied for a grant in November and got approved soon after to launch this exciting new program we will be hosting very soon!

My heart is so full with excitement and joy!

Give our page a like and share if you know of any youth who will benefit from attending our program! Details to be soon announced!

Here is our information poster for the program! Meetings will be held every Tuesday and Thursday from February 2 to March 4 through Zoom. Registration for youth ages 10-17 opens up next Friday January 15, 2020!

Feel free to share to any youth who may be interested!

WOW! You guys! My intro/service availability post reached up to 6000 people in 12 hours! Hiy hiy for the support and sha...
01/05/2021

WOW! You guys! My intro/service availability post reached up to 6000 people in 12 hours! Hiy hiy for the support and shares!

*excuse the typo! I realize I said emotional twice lol one is supposed to be mental support!*

I have been doing this work since 2018. I still feel very new but the constant learning I am doing outside of being a mother and a university student since 2015 is all interconnected. The more I learn about birth work, the more I am learning about my own path of motherhood and mothering. I love growing as a birth worker.

One question I get often is "what does a doula do?" "what is a doula?" or "what do you mean you're a birth worker?"
Well, let me tell you!

I am an Indigenous, nehiyaw and dakota iskwew/winyan, full spectrum birth worker. Which means that I will look after you and your family in a holistic and respectful manner from conception throughout postpartum. I am a support person who recognizes that pregnancy, birth, and postpartum periods can have many different outcomes. I will be and can be prepared for any unexpected or planned outcomes!

I specialize in -
✨supporting indigenous families
✨teen pregnancy
✨sex education
✨pregnancy (prenatal) education
✨helping to navigate colonial systems
✨easing worries and stresses that comes with pregnancy

Being a young indigenous mom, I understand being a brown body in a white space. I have birthed two brown babys in a hospital setting and my first pregnancy I was so misinformed and uneducated. I had no resources, I felt really alone. I was 19 when I got pregnant, birthed at 20. Since becoming a birth worker, I have a lot of wishes and thinking "if I knew then what I know now..." perhaps I would have had a better birth experience being a first time mom.

I cannot turn back time. We can't go back and do any do overs. BUT what we can do is look forward and take comfort in knowing we can prepare for what's to come to have better outcomes!

Let me help guide you on the path of pregnancy or postpartum. Whether you are having your first baby, second, third etc.
Whether you envision a beautiful birth.
Whether you need an extra set of hands to support you.
Whether you need someone to hold space for you.
Whether you had a traumatic birth, loss, postpartum experience.
Whether you know nothing, or know quite a bit!

Wherever you're at, I can meet you there. As a support person, in no way do I come between you and your partner and/or loved ones! Instead, I assist them in helping you feel comfortable in your birth space. If you want your partner to be more involved, I can help with that! If you want your mom or auntie to be better involved, let me help you with that! It is your sacred birthing space. Let's make it wonderful, beautiful, magical. You deserve it!

Lets ease those worries and fears you may have about your pregnancy, labor or birth!

Feel free to reach out to my email- [email protected]
Or message me on my page to inquire about a free consultation, booking, package prices, and payment plans.

Hiy hiy for your continued support!

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