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Tsi Non:we Ionnakeratstha Ona:grahsta’ is a Maternal and Child Centre located on the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory with full time Aboriginal Midwives providing a balance of Traditional and Contemporary Midwifery services and programs. The Aboriginal Community, Family and specifically the expectant woman are offered a choice of services and programs that will compliment and support personal beliefs and customs.

The community of Six Nations of the Grand River decided that the birthing process had to be returned to the families. In 1995 funding was secured and a family home on Sour Springs Road was purchased to renovate for the Maternal and Child Centre. The Six Nations Council authorized an Advisory Committee to formally oversee the day to day operations of the Centre. The Advisory Committee membership is currently made up of representatives from Fort Erie, St. Catherines, Hamilton, Native Women, Six Nations Council, Six Nations community and we are presently seeking representation from the New Credit First Nations, Brantford, Oneida and the Metis.

The Maternal and Child Centre officially opened its doors on May 17, 1996 and by the end of that year 13 families had accessed Midwifery services and had given birth either at the Centre or in the hospital with the Midwives providing support. Development has occured over the years and we now have a training program for Aboriginal Midwives (see Aboriginal Midwifery Training Program) and numerous programs offered to the communities that we service.

The Grandparents Group (Elders) provide spiritual/cultural direction and guidance to the Maternal and Child Centre ensuring that our programs and services maintain the cultural foundation throughout. Ethical issues are also brought to this group to assist the staff with appropriate decisions regarding client or student situations. These "Teachers" also resources as speakers for our programs or for counselling for our clients.
   
 
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