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First babies born with help from Midwifery Services in Eeyou Istchee

June 20, 2019

Since September 2018 in Chisasibi, healthy women having a normal pregnancy have had the choice to be followed by a midwife and give birth in the community. The start of midwifery services in Chisasibi is a major milestone in the CBHSSJB’s project to bring birthing back to Eeyou/Eenou Istchee.

We are thrilled to share pictures of the first two babies born under the care of midwives in Chisasibi since the services began. Babies Cayde and Ela Snowboy are cousins, born only a few weeks apart. The photos were taken by CBHSSJB Information Officer Tatiana Philiptchenko on June 9, 2019.

The births of Cayde and Ela are just the beginning of implementation of midwifery services that will eventually be available to women throughout the region. Birthing homes will be built in Chisasibi, Waskaganish and Mistissini. Midwives are highly trained professionals who work in collaboration with the Cree Health Board’s first line services. The services include opportunities for young families to receive cultural teachings from Elders working with the Nishiiyuu department.

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A big thank you to the Snowboy and Pepabano families for allowing the Cree Health Board to use your images and tell your story. 

Photos CBHSSJB/T. Philiptchenko