The Changing Woman Initiative

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Acoma poet Simon Ortiz (1992,168) writes:

We taught them
to love their births.
We told ourselves over and over
“We shall survive this way.”
And so you tell stories
You tell stories about your People’s births and
their growing.
You tell stories about your children’s births and their growing.
Via Indigenous midwifery, women play a key role as culture carriers in children and families at the time of origin and creation.-Birth Ceremony

The Changing Woman Initiative is a developing non-profit organization that seeks to draw on cultural strengths to renew indigenous birth knowledge and healing through holistic approaches and community empowerment. The initiative would begin the process of developing collaborative relationships between Native American health professionals, health policy advocates, community health workers & organizations, and tribal governments to address the lack of culturally appropriate care in women’s health. Before the transition of birth from home to hospital, tribal communities across the country have recognized the essential role that traditional Native American midwives have played in the care of women and families. Reestablishing the role of Native American midwives who draw from rich tradition of language, indigenous knowledge, and cultural practices as a way to work with Native American communities is essential to developing community centered wellness frameworks.

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American Indian Health and Nursing

Key Features:

  • Focuses exclusively on American Indian health and nursing—the first book to do so
  • Written by predominately American Indian nurses
  • Covers four domains of health: physical, mental, spiritual and emotional
  • Highlights nine specific cultural areas of Indian country, each with its own unique history and context
  • Includes chapter objectives, end-of-chapter review questions, and case studies