Sovereignty from first breath


Who We Are

Alaska Native midwives, doulas, breastfeeding counselors and healers organizing to reclaim Indigenous birth practices, support families from preconception through postnatal care, and increase capacity for community centered maternal child health care.


Our vision is that every Alaska Native birthing person feels supported, well cared for, and full of the information they need to make confident choices around reproductive health, birthing, and parenthood. In doing this, we seek to reclaim as well as create new ceremony and heal our ancestors, ourselves and future generations who may have been harmed through the colonization of our bodies, healthcare, and birthing practices.

What We Offer

Prenatal support

Labor and delivery support

Postnatal support



Community dialogues

​Collection and redistribution of food, maternity, newborn care and breastfeeding support items​

AKNBC Founders L-R: Charlene Apok, Stacey Lucason with Olga Lucason, Abra Patkotak, Helena Jacobs, Margaret David with Tala David. Not pictured: Stefanie Cromarty.

We are grassroots volunteers based in Anchorage, Alaska. We seek to formalize and grow a statewide network of Alaska Native birthworkers who feel confident, competent and grounded in cultural values to support our peers for better family health and wellness outcomes. We do this through offering free direct services to birthing families, free access to birthworker capacity building and training, and by building partnerships for collective impact.

Please e-mail us at, or use the form below to get in touch. If you are interested in connecting with a volunteer to potentially receive support during birth, please complete this form. Check out our survey to share about your birthing experiences with us HERE.


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