The mission of the Alaska Native Birthworkers Community is to serve Native birthing families to feel supported, well cared for, and full of the information they need to make confident choices around reproductive health, birthing, and parenthood. As part of this, we offer a volunteer service to birthing parents to be present during birth as a labor and birth companion for additional support.
We welcome birth support requests from our community, and we will use the following criteria to prioritize support:
The birthing person identifies as Native or Indigenous AND one or more of the following applies:
- The birthing person is leaving their home community in rural Alaska to give birth, OR
- - The birthing person has limited orno local support, OR
- The birthing person is seeking cultural connections, OR
- The birthing person will be giving birth for the first time OR
- The birthing person has any health risk factor (for example a high-risk medical condition, history of trauma, mental health disorder, high-risk social situation).
If you are unsure about your eligibility for our services, please complete the form or e-mail us and we will follow up with you. We are also happy to help make referrals to other doula services.