ABORIGINAL DOULAS FOR ABORIGINAL MOTHERS
2 Oct 2018
This year’s NAIDOC Week theme, “Because of Her, We Can!”, marked an important year of recognition for the strong Aboriginal women who have paved the way for future generations to fight for equality, understanding and cultural respect. This theme especially resonates in a move towards enabling Aboriginal women to have healthier pregnancies and birth outcomes.
Janinne Gliddon, a Midvale local, has received a prestigious Churchill Fellowship because of her motivation to investigate what cultural support is available overseas for Aboriginal women who are birthing off country and traditional lands.
Janinne will travel to Canada, the USA and New Zealand to undertake extensive consultation with Aboriginal and Indigenous communities and stakeholders, to find inspiration for designing and implementing an Aboriginal Doula training program that can be delivered across Australia.
Janinne, the Aboriginal Senior Health Promotion Officer at the Women and Newborn Health Service, King Edward Memorial Hospital in Subiaco, has always held a passion for women’s health, babies and children. She has a particular determination to make a difference in Aboriginal health.
“I hope to return from my experience abroad with new knowledge to give Aboriginal women an opportunity to be trained and recognised as Aboriginal Doulas, not only in Western Australia but also Australia at large,” said Janinne.
“The knowledge I will gain during my Fellowship will open doors to providing more opportunities for Aboriginal women, to ensure that their pregnancy and birthing journey will have cultural support in place.
“I look forward to engaging with Aboriginal and Indigenous communities overseas, and hearing their wonderful stories. This opportunity will enable me to implement a nationally recognised project which is a step forward for Aboriginal expectant mothers’ health, right across the nation.”
“This is a wonderful opportunity for Janinne to to initiate a Doula training program, which will hopefully achieve healthy birth outcomes for Aboriginal women throughout Australia,” said Adam Davey, CEO of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.
“Janinne has demonstrated her determination to further her expertise and passion which she has held for many years, and we look forward to seeing how she will apply her findings to addressing such an important issue in Aboriginal communities across the country."