Restoring The Sacred Bond
The Restoring the Sacred Bond Initiative seeks to improve maternal and child health, build strengths, cultural identity, and social outcomes in Manitoba's First Nations communities through access to culturally grounded birth helpers.
We are honoured to have been chosen to deliver the programming for the Restoring The Sacred Bond Initiative. Because we believe that the health of our communities starts with our women as they move through the birth cycle, we believe this Initiative will have a positive effect on the wellness of First Nations communities for generations to follow.
About This initiative
Restoring the Sacred Bond is a two-year pilot project under the governance of the Southern Network that will match Indigenous Birth Helpers with Indigenous mothers who are at risk of having their infant apprehended into the child welfare system.
The goal of the Initiative is to reignite the power of Manitoba's First Nations women for the health of our children, families and communities.
Restoring the Sacred Bond is a two-year pilot program which will match Birth Helpers with Indigenous mothers who are at risk of having their infant apprehended into the child welfare system.
The program will support up to 200 at-risk expectant mothers before, during and after birth.
The Southern Network is leading the Initiative and working in partnership with the service provider, Wiiji'idiwag Ikwewag, to identify expectant mothers in Winnipeg who may not have resources to effectively parent their baby.
These mothers will then be connected to Birth Helpers, who are women trained to help with childbirth and early care.
Indigenous Birth Helpers
Each Birth Helper will serve up to ten to twelve mothers at a time for nine to twelve months per mother.
Birth Helpers will support mothers in the following ways:
- Build a relationship based on trust
- Co-write a support plan
- Refer to resources
- Educate on pregnancy and parenting
- Introduce to Indigenous ceremonies
- Give emotional, physical and spiritual support during labour
- Guidance through CFS processes
- Build a circle of support
- Link to mental illness or addiction treatment