Despite all the unexpected events, I had such an amazing, empowering and positive birth experience, one filled with laughter, and I credit that to Neva. She was exactly the kind of advocate I needed and wanted and she will always be part of my birth story.
I cannot recommend her enough!
The Portland Metro area rests on traditional village sites of the Multnomah, Wasco, Cowlitz, Kathlamet, Clackamas, Bands of Chinook, Tualatin, Kalapuya, Molalla, and many other tribes who made their homes along the Columbia River for the last 11,000 years.
It's critical we acknowledge the systemic policies of genocide, relocation, and assimilation that still impact many Indigenous/Native American families today. As settlers and guests on these lands, we must respect the work of Indigenous leaders and families, and pledge to make ongoing efforts recognize and repay their knowledge, creativity, and resilience. For more information and ways to contribute, learn more here from the Native American Community Advisory Council.