Doulas for Aboriginal Families

Doulas for Aboriginal Families Grant Program

The Doulas for Aboriginal Families grant program is offered by the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres, First Nations Health Authority, and the BC Ministry of Health. The goal of the program is to increase healthy birth outcomes for Indigenous families by removing the cost barrier to accessing doula services.

The grant program provides Indigenous families living in BC up to $1,000.00 (maximum) of coverage for doula services with each pregnancy.

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What is a doula?

A doula is a non-medical professional who provides supportive care to parents and their families through pregnancy, labour, and afterbirth experiences.

What can doulas do?

  • Advocate on your behalf to support your right to make decisions about your body and baby
  • Help find information about different options in pregnancy and childbirth, and creating a birth plan
  • Provide emotional and physical support (suggesting pain management techniques) during labour
  • Offer hands-on support with your newborn

Who’s Eligible?

To qualify for the grant, applicants must:

  1. Be of Indigenous descent (First Nations (status or non-status), Métis, and/or Inuit). Either the birthing person or their partner (if applicable).
  2. Reside in BC (both on or off reserve).
2018-19: 
280
families funded
163
doulas employed
Words from a doula..

It was so amazing to see Lucy* surrounded by all of her children as a proud mother who has overcome a lot to be where she is today.” 

*Name has been changed