The DAFGP is providing grants to pay for prenatal, birth and/or postpartum doula services for Indigenous parents and families residing in BC (on and off reserve).

Doulas help birthing parents and their families communicate their expectations, hopes, and concerns about childbirth so that they feel supported and comfortable with their decisions. The assistance of a doula can help Indigenous parents and families find their strength and place of power in giving birth.

To apply for the grant, please follow the steps outlined below.

Find a pre-approved doula through our Doula Finder or ask your doula to register with the DAFGP. Doulas must be registered before the Family Registration Form can be processed.

Each family is encouraged to look for a doula that best fits their unique needs, this may involve contacting multiple doulas before deciding. See Family Resources for help finding the right doula for your family.

With your DAFGP registered doula, fill out the Family Registration Application Form. As part of the form, a breakdown of the estimated budget is required to help you plan your doula care and gain clarity on the services provided.

If more than one doulas’ services are being used, each doula should submit a separate estimated budget for their services. The maximum total coverage of $1,000.00 per pregnancy still applies if more than one doulas’ services are used.

Submit the completed application forms to the doula program coordinator via e-mail or mail:

Doula Program Coordinator
Phone: 250-388-5522 ext. 201
BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres
551 Chatham Street, Victoria, BC V8T 1E1

Please allow up to two (2) weeks for processing. Doulas must wait for approval from DAFGP prior to delivering services.

Following all doula services, the doula will submit an invoice for payment and birth story. This must be reviewed and signed by the client and doula before submitting.

Doulas are reimbursed directly by the BCAAFC. Unless a family has requested doula services exceeding the $1,000.00 maximum, the family should not be required to make any financial payments for the approved doula services.

Only one invoice should be submitted. If more than one doula’s services are used, each doula should submit a separate invoice for all of their services (together, both invoices must not exceed $1,000.00).