Bemidji Pioneer: Group holds traditional Native American birthing seminar in Bemidji
June 11, 2018
BEMIDJI -- Mothers, nurses, doulas and midwives were welcomed this week to the Indigenous Breastfeeding Counselor Training hosted by the Mewinzha Ondaadiziike Wiigaming organization at Northwest Indian Community Development Center.
Many first-time mothers, or mothers who were not completely educated on breastfeeding, do not know all of the risks or benefits of breastfeeding their child, organizers of the event said. And for Native American women, information like this is traditionally passed down from mothers and grandmothers, but may have been lost over time because of many outside factors.