Daybreak Star Doulas and Wakeah Jhane are so proud to share these beautiful birth affirmation posters with communities across Turtle Island and beyond. Daybreak Star Doula Program Manager, Camie Jae Goldhammer, and Wakeah Jhane collaborated on this project as a gift to all our relatives that are being impacted by COVID-19. Scroll the the bottom of the page for free downloads!
How This Project Came to Be
With social distancing guidelines, non-essential travel bans and strict hospital visitation and support policies, Camie had been thinking about all the families birthing without their doulas, mothers, grandmothers, aunties, sisters and friends. When we were unable to attend the births of our Daybreak Star Doula clients, the doula team put together birth doula bags. These were bags filled with items that the doula would normally bring to a birth… but something was missing. They just didn’t feel complete.
After thinking about it for a while, Camie realized what was missing: our words. Those affirmations that the doula or auntie whispers into your ear just as you don’t think you can go another minute. Those kind words that make you feel loved and supported — that give you that last burst of energy to keep going. Camie started writing birth affirmations on cards that families could hang around their birth rooms. But again something was missing, so Camie reached out to Ledger Artist Wakeah Jhane about collaborating on the project. Wakeah immediately said yes and our first (yes, first) set of birth affirmation posters were born. Inspired by Camie’s words, Wakeah created 7 original pieces of art. After adding in Camie’s “graphic design,” the posters were complete.
How Do I Get a Set of Posters?
It is super easy! These posters are a gift to our community. We hope that they inspire you, give you strength and affirm that while your birth room may look differently than you had hoped and planned, we are rooting for you. We are here for you, and you are not alone.
The posters come in 4 sizes for you to download and print at home or at your local print shop. They are free for all who would like to use them. All that we ask, is that you do not alter them in any way or sell them. They are our gift to you during this challenging time and it is our intention that they remain accessible to all. If you feel called to donate to the Daybreak Star Doula program you can do so through United Indians “Donate Now” button. Be sure to write a note “For Daybreak Star Doulas.” Thank you!
About the Artist:
Wakeah Jhane is a self-taught ledger artist from the Penatuka (honey eater) and Yaparucah (root eater) bands of Comanche, and is also Blackfeet and Kiowa. The late Wakeah Hoaway (1914-2010) of her maternal family gifted Wakeah’s name to her prior to birth in their traditional Comanche way, meaning “woman who finds lost things.”
Throughout her art, images of loving mothers, babies and families are inspired by her own dreams of becoming a nurse-midwife — helping to bring new Indigenous lives into the world.
“My work is influenced by the health and positive realities of my family, friends and people. It is also reflective of current contemporary realities which I choose to convey through a traditional lens. Healthy lifestyles, traditional parenting, motherhood, courtship and healthy homes are themes that I concentrate on with my work. As you look at my work, thank you for taking the time to acknowledge and support my life experiences and the personal stories and life journeys of Indigenous Peoples.”
— Wakeah Jhane
You can learn more about Wakeah and see her other artwork on her website.