Indigenous Breastfeeding Counselor
Training Info & Application

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Training Description

The Alaska Native Birthworkers Community (ANBC) is pleased to partner with Camie Jae Goldhammer, MSW, LICSW, IBCLC (Sisseton-Wahpeton) and Kimberly Moore-Salas, IBCLC (Diné) to offer their Indigenous Breastfeeding Counselor training October 25-29, 2021 in Anchorage, AK.

The Indigenous Breastfeeding Counselor (IBC) training is a 5 day, 45 hour course that provides foundational lactation education. This course is Native owned, is Native designed, is Native taught and is specifically for those that self identify as Indigenous. The IBC is unique in that it centers Indigenous families and provides Counselors with what they need to serve their communities.

Continuing medical/nursing education and CHAP hours are being applied for.

The ANBC has provided volunteer community doula services to members of our Native community for the last four years, and our goal in hosting this training is to grow the number and capacity of Indigenous birth helpers to serve Native Birthing families statewide.

Our mission is to serve Native birthing families to feel 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.

Training Audience

This Indigenous Breastfeeding Counselor training is open to Alaska Native and Indigenous peoples (those living in Alaska will be prioritized) who are committed to supporting Native birthing and breastfeeding families, and can commit to attending the full five-day training in-person. This is a gender-inclusive space. Please understand that these events are intended to address a specific need in Indigenous communities and that this will be an intimate space to specifically strengthen the capacity of Indigenous peoples. We thank you for honoring and supporting this space. If you are not Alaska Native or Indigenous but would like to support the Alaska Native Birthworkers Community, we invite you to reach out to us to learn about alternate ways of supporting our work.

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Registration Fee

The ANBC has done extensive fundraising and has received support to offer this training free of personal financial cost to participants. However, we do require that participants "pay it forward" by volunteering to serve at least one Alaska Native / Indigenous family in their community within a year of completing the training, and that they will report this service back to the ANBC.

Application Process

Complete application forms are due September 30, 2021. Submitting the application form does not confirm a seat in the training. Participants will be selected and notifications will be sent by October 8. Application forms received after September 30 will be placed on a waitlist and may be considered if a seat becomes available. Please submit this form only if fully committed to complete the entire training, and keep in touch if plans change so that we may fill all the seats available.

COVID-19 Information

We are doing our best to evaluate risk and reduce harm in order to gather for this hands-on training as safely as we can during this pandemic. We will depend on all participants to care for each other in this way.

If selected for this training, participants will be asked to:
- share COVID-19 vaccination status
- provide a copy of a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hrs (3 days) of the training
- not enter the training with any cold or flu-like symptoms, or after a known COVID-19 exposure within 1 week of the training
- wear a mask while indoors and sanitize hands frequently