Onkwehon:we Midwives Collective Birth Center Fund

The OMC is hoping to make our dream of bringing birth back to Akwesasne with a birth center a reality. We have implemented a fundraising strategy to help us reach our goal of $3 Million.

It has always been the dream of many an Akwesasne Midwife to have our own birthing center in our territory. The Onkwehon:we Midwives Collective believes we now possess the power to bring this dream to fruition.

Jasmine Benedict, a midwife in Akwesasne has been working with Akwesasronon and Indigenous families for the past 15 years and has seen the necessity for birth to be brought back to Akwesasne. As a mother of seven children,  Jasmine believes each pregnancy and birth is a unique and precious experience in which the mother should be the foundation.

Inspired by her personal midwife experiences, Jasmine resolved to help other women have a more personalized method of reproductive care. Jasmine’s family instilled in her a strong sense of family, community, culture and self- values which guide her throughout her everyday life.

The team at OMC have plans for 6,000 square foot, state of the art facility designed by a PassivHaus Certified engineer, which will not only meet, but exceed the standard for environmentally conscious and  sustainable building. By utilizing these components and ideas, we are ensuring that our future ancestors arrive safely. With your help, we can achieve this goal and exceed the standards of care for women and families birthing in Akwesasne.

(Excerpt from Story of an Elder, written by Salli Benedict and Jasmine Benedict)

“Ernest was 92 years old when he went over to the Mohawk Nation Council of Chiefs office in Tekaswenkarorens and he stood in the bookstore-office that is at the front of the building and looked around for a little while getting his bearings. He then announced with a smile on his face and pointing to an area near the front of the building, that this is the place he was born. The exact place in Akwesasne which belonged to him.”

By submitting a donation here you are contributing to the efforts of having our future Ancestors to be born with the same proud sentiment and historical tie to Akwesasne. The Onkwehonwe Midwives Collective Birth Center is being built on the foundation that our babies deserve to arrive among the history and old knowledge once utilized by our great grandmothers. To be born at home, on our own lands; what can be better than that!

Our goal is to begin breaking ground by Fall 2021. All funds raised will be utilized for this capital project. We know that we come from a generous community, which is one of the reasons we are reaching out. We also hope our brothers and sisters across Turtle Island can also help us reach our financial goal quickly. We appreciate and are extremely grateful for your generous donation of any amount.

 If you have any questions, please contact the Onkwehonwe Midwives Collective via FB, instagram, or email [email redacted].
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