Kenhtè:ke

Midwives

"They are protecting the seeds at the Bay of Quinte"

Kontinenhanónhnha Tsi Tkahá:nayen

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Shé:kon sewakwé:kon. Ne Kenhtè:ke Kontiwirayé:na’s – ‘Kontinenhanónhnha Tsi Tkahà:nayen’ ne tsi Onkwehonwehnéha Kontiwirayé:na’s tsi Kenhtè:ke’. Onkwehonwehnéha táhnon O’seronni’neha konhstáhkwa’ ta’kontihwe’nón:nike’ akonwatiya’takenhnhónhake’ táhnon akontiwirayenáhseke’ ó:ni ne kontiwirayentá:seres. Tóka’t yáh thakontitshá:nike’, takontatenyáhese’ táhnon sa’oyé:ra ní:yoht enhatinákera’te’, á:re tsi niyonkwarihó:tens entsitewahahá:wake’ táhnon enyethiya’takénhnha’ ne onkwayà:ta’, onkwahwatsiraténnyon, onkwen’taraténnyon táhnon onkwanakerahsera. Kontikwénnyes akonterákwahse’ tsi nahó:ten tkonnehtáhkwa’ ne yotiwirayentá:sereh, aotihwá:tsire táhnon aotinakeráhsera’. Yethirihwakwennyónhstha’ tsi nahó:ten tkonnehtáhkwa’ ne yakowirayentá:sereh táhnon tenyethinónhweron’ tsi ayekwé:ni’ ayontéweton’. Tsi náhe tyonatahsawátyeh ne Kenhtè:ke Kontiwirayé:na’s, 43 nikón:ti wa’konwatiya’takénhnha’ ayotiwirayentá:sere nok ó:ni’ yonate’shennayentà:onh akonwanateweyénhsten’ ne konterihwayénhstha’ ayewirayé:na’.

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She:kon Sewakwekon! Kenhtè:ke Midwives – Kontinenhanónhnha Tsi Tkahà:nayen ‘They are protecting the seeds at the Bay of Quinte’ is an Indigenous Midwifery Practice located on the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory. As Primary Healthcare Providers, Onkwehón:we midwives provide culturally appropriate maternal and newborn care to Indigenous families by harmonizing traditional and contemporary knowledge systems. By removing the fear of birth and allowing our bodies to do what the Creator intended, we are reclaiming the sovereignty of birth and strengthening ourselves, families, clans, communities and nation. The community, family and the expectant woman are offered a choice of services that compliment and support personal beliefs and customs. We respect the strength and knowledge of birthing women and honour birth as a deeply profound and sacred ceremony. Between opening in May 2012 and August 2017, Kenhtè:ke Midwives has served 43 clients! It also provides an apprenticeship training model for Birth Attendants and Onkwehón:we Midwives.

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Ónkha Ní:i’

Onerahtohkó:wa 2012 shiyohserà:tehkhwe’ ne Kenhtè:ke Kontiwirayè:nas Kontinenhanónhnha Tsi Tkahà:nayen’ wa’konterihwahténtya’te’ ne tsyeyá:ta yewirayé:nas, yewirayè:na’s yonterihwayénhstha’ táhnon ne yewirayè:nas yontatyenawá:ses ne akonwatiya’takenhnhónhake’ ne ronnonkwehón:we’ kahwatsiraké:ron thiyaweronhátye’ ka’ok nón:we’ thati’terón:ton.

Tsi Kenhtè:ke’ tsi nón:we thonakera’tón:ne’ ne Skén:nen Rahá:wis, o:nen Yá:ya’k niyohserá:ke eh nikarí:wes tyonaterihwahtentyà:tonh ne Kenhtè:ke’ Kontiwirayè:na’s. Yah othé:nen tehshakotiwihstá:wih ne kakorá:tshera éh nón: nikahá:wih. O:nen nón:wa ne MOHLTC yonkhihwistá:wis ayakwatkón:tahkwe’ tsi niyonkwarihó:tens ayakwarihwahniratstahkwá:seke’ nonkyonkweta’shòn:a’. Tsi niyonkyonhwentsyá:te’ kénh nenthatinakera’tonhatyé:seke’ tenyakwatatyé:nawahse’. Enyonkhiwennahrón:ka’te’ i: onkwahronkhà:tshera shenhatinakera’te’. Tsi niyonkwarihó:tens, tsi nitewawennó:ten táhnon tsi niyonkwanonkhwa’tsheró:ten   entyonkhiyateweyen’tón:tahkwe’ shenhatinákera’te’ ne yonkhiyen’okón:a’. Ne’ ní:i yonkwatoríhonte ayonkhi’nikonhrarátye táhnon ó:ni tayonkhiya’tanónhstate’ skén:nen ahonnonhtonnyónhseke’ ne onkwaksata’okòn:a’ ahonata’karí:teke’ ne onkwahwatsiratátye’.

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About Us

In May 2012, with one full time Onkwehón:we midwife, Apprentice Midwife and Birth Attendant, Kenhté:ke Midwives, Kontinenhanónhnha Tsi Tkahà:nayen, “They are protecting the seeds at the Bay of Quinte” opened it’s doors to provide culturally competent care to Indigenous families living on-reserve, in urban and rural communities

Located at Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, birthplace of the Peacemaker, Kenhté:ke Midwives has operated for over six years with limited funding and access to resources. With the recent announcement of MOHLTC funding we continue to provide culturally appropriate care that sustains our way of life by birthing our children in the hands of our own people, on our land, using our language, traditions, culture and traditional medicines. It is our responsibility to ensure the protection and safety of our children and well-being of our families.

Yakhiya‘tetyá:se’s Ne Konwatiya’takenhnhónhenh

What Our Clients Say

 

“Dorothy and her team are very caring and loving. It made every visit comfortable.”

“All of our questions and concerns were answered; and, we felt empowered to make informed decisions for our family.”

“I learned so much and felt so supported throughout my pregnancy and after my baby was born. I would recommend everyone seek the services of a midwife.”

“Very loving and caring. I have three other children and still learned something new each time; loved that I was able to birth at home.”

“Even though we ended-up having a different birth, it was very easy and everyone was helpful!”

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