She:kon! My name is Natalie Doreen. I am excited and honored to be part of the team for Kenhtè:ke Midwives, Kontinenhanónhnha Tsi Tkahà:nayen. I will be training along side Dorothy Green for the next 3 years, to learn the role of the Maternity Care Worker (care and support in the home)
I’ve lived in Deseronto and surrounding areas for a majority of my time, and moved away for a few years, but finally planted my roots here in my home community, Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory with my husband and 4 children. I am a stay-at-home Mommy to a toddler and a “Bonus Mom” to my Husbands 3 children, ages 16, 9 & 7. I spend most of my days with my 2-year old son, providing the role of a nurturer, teacher, coordinator, referee, a learner myself, and much more.
I have studied a wide variety of courses, have background knowledge and Education in Developmental Service Worker, Early Childhood Education, Office Administration, Indigenous Social Service Worker Diploma, and Aesthetics.
Most recently, I completed the Doula/Auntie training held by Dorothy Green, and fell in love with the idea of being part of a new life coming into this world and sharing the new journey with the new Mom, baby and family. As a Mom experiencing childbirth, I took the opportunity to have a Traditional Midwife, who played the role of a Maternity Care Worker for me. I learned the importance of why Mom needs to take time to rest and heal in the first 10 days, and what is important for the baby in that time. I gained knowledge of our Traditions and learned many valuable lessons. It was the beginning of learning my own Traditions and Teachings, and how to nurture and bring them alive.
This opportunity will bring new understandings to not only to myself and family, but I will be able to share my experience with others. I look forward to the new experiences and where this new path will lead me. I also look forward to meeting new families, seeing familiar faces in the Community, and making sure that Mom has the most comfortable, memorable experience.