Indigenous Birth Justice work is made possible by Perigee Fund.
Spokane Tribal Network (STN) has been part of a co-heart of women across the so-called State of Washington, convened by Ttáwaxt Birth Justice Center from Yakama country, and funded through the Perigee Fund.
We believe that indigenous birth justice is present when indigenous people honor their ancestors by making the best decisions they can during pregnancy, childbirth, and after the baby arrives to ensure the next generation continues.
The work of revitalizing and honoring ancestors who survived and thrived for us to be on this earth is always important to keep in our hearts. The persistence of our ancestors allows us to gain our purpose and is deeply embedded in Indigenous Birth Justice. We have and continue to build a team that sets aside ego by honoring and understanding this concept and history that is imperative to moving this work forward in a good way. This work is multi-generational and can take many years and perhaps generations to fully see the impacts and realized visions that are taking place today. Many people who embark on this work have described the path as one guided by ancestors and prayer.
Please enjoy some photos of our indigenous families that participated in our family photo campaign. We are so proud of the photos and how they turned out. Thank you Jeff Ferguson for doing such a great job and a great big thank you to our families!
We are finishing up our 2022 survey results. We hope to get start some programs soon based on the data results. Some ideas that Ttáwaxt Birth Justice Center have in place that we might incorporate include: • What to expect while bringing your baby to the earthside • Stages of labor, comfort measures, preparing for baby • How to incorporate your Indigenous and Ancestral teachings into your birth • What your partner can do to support you during your sacred time • How to care for your body post-pregnancy to ensure healing • Plant medicine care package and medicine bundle