Are you pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant?

The BC Association of Friendship Centres and First Nations Health Authority are proud to jointly offer funding to pay for prenatal, birthing and postpartum doula services for expectant Aboriginal mothers and families, living in BC (living either on and off reserve). 
 
This grant program provides up to $1000 of coverage for each pregnancy in a family.

The continuous, supportive care that a doula provides during pregnancy and labour and after birth has a number of benefits, including:


 

  • Helping women and their families feel comfortable and supported in their decisions;

  • Helping women and their families communicate their expectations, hopes, and any concerns about the birth of their baby;

  • Helping women find their strength and place of power in giving birth; 

  • Helping partners and families feel more confident in being involved and providing support; 

  • Helping women have positive birth, breastfeeding, and bonding experiences; 

  • Providing basic social and emotional support for women and families following birth, in the home or community; and 

  • Connecting women and families to additional supports when and if possible.


 

Eligibility for Families

Be of Aboriginal descent (first Nations, Metis and/or Inuit)

Reside in BC (both on or off reserve)

 This program is based on a First come first serve policy until funds become fully allocated.  

 Families who are expected to birth before March 1, 2018.

 Families expected to birth after Feb. 28, 2018 will not be eligible to apply within this current 2017-18 fiscal year. 

 

How to Apply

   Download the grant application form here.

   The application is to be filled collaboratively with the family and pre-approved doula (refer to ‘How to find a Doula’ for preapproved doulas through our program).

   Submit the completed application form to the BCAAFC Program administrator, Jamin Zuroski (doulasupport@bcaafc.com)

   Following all doula services, the pre-approved doula will submit the grant programs invoice for payment.

 

How to find a Doula

  Find a Doula in your area:

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*IMPORTANT: Not all doulas on the two above websites are pre-approved through our program.  Make sure to check with the doula or contact the Program Administrator at BCAAFC before sending in the application.

   Contact the BCAAFC Doula Program Administrator (Jamin Zuroski) at: doulasupport@bcaafc.com or 250-388-5522 ext 227

   Contact the Doula Services Association's referral line at 1-877-365-5588 (toll free)

   Ask your doctor, midwife, nurse, or local health provider to assist with a referral

   Contact your local Friendship Centre

What a doula does NOT do:

Doulas are not medical professionals
 
They do not perform clinical tasks such as vaginal exams or fetal heart monitoring
 
They do not give medical advice or diagnose conditions
 
They do not judge you for decisions that you make
 
They do not take over the role of your husband or partner
 
They do not deliver the baby