On December 1, 2021 in Chisasibi, the Cree Health Board Midwifery team held an Open House to celebrate the opening of a temporary Birthing Home in the community. Located across the street from Chisasibi Hospital, it is a comfortable place for women to give birth, surrounded by family and connected with Cree traditions.
Hello everyone, my name is Lisa Bobbish.
I work at the Birth Home and I help the midwives.
Today, we are giving you a small tour.
Our services are ready for births.
This is where the baby's clothes are hanging when it's time.
When they need the water, it is there for them to use for their comfort.
What you see here is our way to help you feel comfortable..home like environment.
Alright everyone, thank you for listening.
The Cree Health Board re-established birthing services in Chisasibi in 2017, but space was limited. On November 24, the first baby was born in the new spacious and accessible Birthing Room, attended by the Midwife and Birth Assistant.
Building on the Chisasibi experience, the CBHSSJB is planning the expansion of Midwifery services to every community in Eeyou Istchee. In 2022, construction will begin on permanent Birthing Homes in the three regional poles of Chisasibi, Waskaganish and Mistissini, each serving the smaller neighboring communities.
The CBHSSJB is also developing a Midwifery Education Program, which will train the next generation of Cree Midwives, ensuring the continuation of services that are deeply cherished by the community.
The Cree Health Board is developing an education program to train Eeyou/Eenou’ch midwives. We will be accepting applications for the Midwife Education Program this Fall and training will begin in February 2024! Stay tuned for more information.