Roberta (Ogala Lakota/ Yomba Shashone) is an enrolled member with the Lower Brule Tribe in South Dakota. Mother of 6, Certified Full Circle Doula, Lactation Educator, and newly Certified Community Health Worker, currently resides in Portland, Oregon. Recently founded Oregon Inter-Tribal Breastfeeding Coalition, September 2013.
Being involved in birth work for 8 years in multicultural communities, connected with International Center for Traditional Childbearing (ICTC), had realized that there is a great need for Native American and Indigenous families to have equal access to reproductive health services in general. Planned Parenthood of Columbia-Willamette was her segway into Community Health Work (CHW), within Multnomah counties Native American community. With her desire to return to the art of childbearing family support, she had to take a chance in getting the issues out to the greater population with vigilant community engagement.. The perfect opportunity to join the Future Generations Collaborative as a Natural Helper and OITBC as a non funded partner was nothing short of a dream come true! Self healing, strong professional enrichment and working together to decrease the instance of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in our community keeps her focused and true to the calling.
There are many traditions, cultural knowledge and effective ally collaborations to be pulled together. Thus, support, outreach and educational enrichment is in the fore front of Roberta’s mind. “We shall strive to serve Indigenous women and families and provide a strong team of support in a good way. Everyone has a piece to the puzzle”
Rachel L Cushman
Rachel L. Cushman is an enrolled member of the Chinook Indian Nation. She has a vast background in the sciences, ethnic studies, indigenous ways of knowing, and activism.
Cushman is a graduate of the University of Oregon, where she achieved a Bachelor of Science.
Rachel has been a professional in many capacities, but in early 2014 decided to leave the work force after the birth of her son Kanim (Chinuk: canoe) then later Isik (Chinuk: paddle). Today, Rachel lives in Eugene with her husband and two sons and is compelled by the cultural education of her children. Her family is long time members of the Chinook Canoe family and continues to serve the Chinook community as member of its communication committee. She serves on several educational based boards, is Acting Director of the UO Alumni Association Native American Affinity Group, and is one of the co-founders of the Oregon Inter-Tribal Breastfeeding Coalition.
Rachel says, “Raising my children in a traditional way and normalizing breastfeeding, is my resistance to the colonial mindset. Traditionally, for my people, mothers and fathers stayed home with their children for the first several years. This way we could help them cultivate their skill sets and build a strong foundation for them.”
Shantae Johnson has gained a solid background in community organizing. She began her humble beginnings as an International Center for Traditional Childbearing Full Circle Doula and ICTC Oregon State representative 10 years ago , which fueled her love for maternal and child health.
She is a graduate of Portland State University with a bachelor’s degree in Social Science. Shantae has worked at WIC as a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor for 3 ½ years, and helped to create Oregon’s first African American Breastfeeding group during her time there. She is an dedicated community health worker .She helped to advocate for community health care workers by sitting on the Traditional Community Health Care workers steering committee through Oregon Health Authority. And is a member of the African American Breastfeeding Coalition of Oregon.
Shantae is very passionate about public health, social justice and, engaging the community in regards to eliminating health disparities and inequities. She is a urban farmer with Mudbone Grown and a writer with Echoing Ida.She enjoys taking a 5 minute showers by herself in her spare time, writing , growing food , camping, hiking, and having dance battles with kiddos in the living room. At the end of the day she is a parent, healer, chef and referee to 6 beautiful children.
Monique Lopez is from Chiricahua Apache Tribe raised with The Lummi tribe.
She has birthed 6 beautiful healthy breastfed children.
Monique was mentored by an amazing breastfeeding circle of women, an also by women from Akron oh breastfeeding coalition, experienced home-birthing midwives and doulas for the past 12 years.
Through having a beautiful home birth and then a traumatic hospital experience, Monique has decided to pursue her dream of being a doula to support women in being proactive about what women want,and help educate on their options.
Monique now lives in Portland Oregon with her partner of 14 years, and with 5 of their 8 children. She is been an executive homemaker and educator, unschool/homeschooling her children.
She has been changing lives one face at a time with educating women on taking care of their skin and teaching make up artistry for 17 years. Monique is so excited to make a difference in her community through educating and supporting women making the birth and breastfeeding the most amazing life changing experience in life!
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