(Ep. 9) The importance of culturally safe care with Danette


In this episode I talk with Danette Jubinville (she/her/hers), who belongs to the Cyr family from the Pasqua First Nation. Her ancestry is Cree, Saulteaux, and mixed European.  She is a single mom, one of the founding members of the Ekw’í7tl Doula Collective, a PhD student, and a health researcher. Our conversation was really great and I hope you enjoy listening to it!

In this episode Danette and I talk about:

  • The circumstances around her pregnancy that made it challenging, and the supports she had that helped
  • How and why she sought out culturally safe care during pregnancy
  • Finding support from trusted Elders and how meaningful that has been for her family
  • Her birth story – and what it was like to attempt a home birth in the midst of a wind storm and power outage
  • How her birth set the tone for her early postpartum experience
  • Journeying through her daughter having jaundice
  • The challenges they had with breastfeeding in the early days
  • What she would do differently in hindsight
  • The importance of good nutrition in healing after giving birth – and what many Indigenous traditions recommend as healing foods in the postpartum time
  • Experiencing Dysphoric Milk Ejection Reflex (D-MER) – what it felt like and what helped
  • How Indigenous methods of parenting helped Danette and her little one bond
  • Her journey of cultural reclamation and learning about her Indigenous identity
  • The challenge of finding culturally safe care in a health care system that is geared towards white, middle class, and heteronormative families
  • The beginnings of the Ekw’í7tl Doula Collective
  • The challenges of sustaining doula work when serving a marginalized population
  • What a full spectrum or full circle doula is and does
  • Why the term ‘harm reduction’ applies to the work that Indigenous Doulas do when serving Indigenous families in the perinatal health care system
  • The policy of routine evacuation of pregnant people from rural and remote Indigenous communities and why this is harmful to Indigenous families and communities
  • The barriers Indigenous doulas face in providing culturally safe care to Indigenous families
  • How important it was to connect with friends who had been through similar situations
  • The struggle to shift away from the ‘survival mode’ of early parenthood
  • The importance of Ceremony and ritual in helping to move through transitions
  • What she would say to her younger self when she was struggling the most
  • Why she wouldn’t go back in time and change the way her pregnancy, birth, and postpartum unfolded
  • The meaning of the name ekw’í7tl and how they got their name


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