Please join Laura Waterman Wittstock on Wednesday August 7, 2013 as she talks with Fawn Edberg (Marquez), Coordinator of Women of Traditional Birthing at the Division of Indian Work in Minneapolis . WTB program offers high risk American Indian women prenatal support, education and advocacy. In 2012, WTB offered the community, DIW clients and community workers a 2 day workshop on Healthy Babies Healthy Future and ending the cycle of prenatal alcohol & drug exposure. In 2013, the documentary: Healthy Babies Healthy Futures was released to the community to educate the community on chemical use dangers during pregnancy.
Traditional birthing and nursing is fluctuating in acceptance among Indian people. It is an important bonding experience for mother, father and baby. A recent article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported:
"In American Indian communities, where breast-feeding rates declined between 2005 and 2010, the dilemma is that public health messages from external sources are sometimes met with skepticism. State leaders believe changes will have to come from within the tribes — as happened in the Fond du Lac tribe when a public-health nurse convinced tribal leaders to embrace and promote breast-feeding."
Fawn Edberg (Marquez) White Earth enrollee and a mother of five children, born and raised in South Minneapolis. Fawn began working in the American Indian community in 1996 as an Administrative Assistant for Division of Indian Work. Throughout the years Fawn gained experience providing direct services and program development within the American Indian community.