The Doula Services Association of BC is committed to supporting Indigenous Families towards better, culturally respective birth and postpartum support.
If you are an Indigenous Family and would like support in finding Indigenous Doulas to support you in your birth and postpartum, please contact our Advocate for Indigenous Doulas and Families, Feona Lim.
The Doulas For Aboriginal Families (Grant Program)
* Please note, funding for this program changes throughout the year. The Doulas for Aboriginal Families (Grant Program) is supported by the First Nations Health Authority and administered by BC Aboriginal Association of Friendship Centers. The grant was initiated to provide doula support to First Nations/Aboriginal expectant families who would benefit from doula care. Doula Services Association (DSA) Membership on our Web Referral List (Experienced List) is required for pre-approval. The DSA Web Referral List allow BCAAFC to determine that the doula agrees to a specific Scope of Practice and Code of Ethics.
The total amount of funded doula services per expectant family is $1000, and this is to be used for both postpartum doula services and birth doula services, as per the needs of the birther/family.
The families choose the right doula(s) for them. Families are welcome to self-refer to this program, and if families wish to be connected with a doula through the program the BCAAF will facilitate that as well. They can find a doula on their own or through the DSA website. Once selected, the family and the doula apply for pre-approval for the compensation for doula services. The doula and the family both apply and the pre-approved doula keeps track of their services provided on the forms provided. After the family gives birth, both the doula and the family submit their completed paperwork.
The Doula Services Association is not directly involved in the funding or approval processes. We are a method of finding a suitable doula. Our web referral list (Experienced list) requires the birth doula to provide birth stories, a criminal record check and observation of prenatal classes. A postpartum doula is required have a criminal record check, Child and Infant CPR and Breastfeeding support training. This is all outlined on our members’ section of our website.
PLEASE NOTE - NOT ALL APPROVED DOULAS ARE INDIGENOUS DOULAS.