Replanting the Birthing Trees

Intergenerational trauma is a root cause of health inequities, and addressing this is essential for Closing the Gap. Trauma-integrated, culturally safe and skillful continuity-of-care for parents experiencing trauma and violence is a serious service gap and a national priority.

Replanting the Birthing Trees to Support First Nations Parents and Babies is a highly innovative, First Nations-led project.

We aim to help parents in achieving their hopes and dreams for a happy, safe and healthy family. Our focus is on transforming ‘vicious’ compounding cycles of intergenerational trauma and harm to ‘virtuous’ positively reinforcing cycles of nurture and recovery. Our attention is on the critical life course transition of a baby’s first 2000 days.

The project will address critical, documented gaps in perinatal care by building infrastructure for culturally safe, trauma-integrated, holistic, transdisciplinary perinatal care for First Nations families.

In doing so, we will drive health system reform and establish a transformative shift in health policies and practice. Ensuring that all First Nations babies have the best possible start to life.