Community Health Nursing
“My people always looked after each other… a pregnant woman was taken care of by her community, her mother, grandmother, sisters, aunties… all listening to and caring for the woman and the baby’s needs." – Late Elder Ray Seitcher
(1) NTC Community Health Nurses can support you and your family through pregnancy, birth and with raising your child through home visits, groups and/or clinic visits. Nurses provide confidential care.
If you are a pregnant woman – We care for you using the Mother’s Story.
We invite you to share your health story, how you are feeling about your pregnancy, and give voice to your hopes and dreams for your pregnancy and your baby.
We encourage you to know the ways of your ancestors in preparing for birth through a birth plan – where your voice is heard about a possible special support person, ceremony, song and any other important cultural way.
We want to know what is important to you and your partner as a pregnant and parenting couple and will provide whatever support and information you need including:
Prenatal information either:
- Prenatal classes, home visits, 1 on 1 visits
-- Growing healthy babies
-- What to expect during labour and delivery
-- Create birth wish lists
- Attend doctor’s appointments if wanted
- Listen to the baby’s heartbeat with fetal doppler
If you are a new born baby – we welcome you into the world; we wrap you in a blanket that says “the nuu-chah-nulth nurses welcome you”. We offer Nanayuksa at various times throughout the year as a Baby Welcoming Ceremony. We invite your elders and families to celebrate your birth. We want to provide whatever support and information you need including:
- Breastfeeding support
- Weigh baby/newborn visits
- Postpartum visits
- Immunizations & flu shots (baby, kids, teens and adults)
- Infant growth and development
- Birth Control information
- Referrals to dental and other community services
(2) NTC Community Health Nurses can support you and your family with the prevention of diseases that are spreadable. These diseases are called Communicable Diseases and include things like tuberculosis and sexually transmitted diseases. As your nursing team, we can help you understand how to prevent these diseases and how or where to get treatment for the diseases.
For more information about nursing services in your community contact the
Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council at