Pride is a time to recall the trials the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Two Spirit (LGBTQ2S+) community has endured and to rejoice in the triumphs of trailblazing individuals who have bravely fought — and continue to fight — for full equality.
CWI is dedicated to providing inclusive, respectful, and culturally competent care. Whether it be family planning, clinical health checks, or a consultation, we recognize the many intersections in our client's identities and are committed to disrupting the system of inequality through health justice and equitable care.
Upcoming Indigenous Doula Training
Doulas are trained to provide physical, emotional, and informational support to pregnant people during labor, birth, and in the immediate postpartum period. With the support of doulas, many are able to forego epidurals, avoid cesarean births, and have less stressful birth experience. Having a doula that is culturally competent is priceless. If you would like to be apart of improving birthing outcomes and experiences please sign-up or reach out for any questions you may have!
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CWI's COVID-19 Care Requirement updates
Changing Woman Initiative would like to update you on some changes we’ve made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic that has dramatically impacted the communities we serve in New Mexico. These measures were implemented under the strict guidance of the Department of Health, CDC, and CWI’s COVID - 19 Policy to protect and limit unnecessary exposure to the COVID-19, while continuing to provide care. Clients will be required to read and sign this agreement upon receiving care. Thank you and stay safe.
CWI Statement of Solidarity
Our Creation Story
Changing Woman Initiative was dreamed up by founder Nicolle L. Gonzales, Navajo Nurse-Midwife. After years of working as a midwife in her community and seeing many Native American women struggle with navigating western medical healthcare systems, she felt there was a better way that would center the needs of the women and families she cared for. Nicolle saw assimilation being practiced from birth on which has a huge impact on a Native American family’s ability to bring their loved ones into this world. She wanted to reinstate a culturally supported and include ceremonial ways into births that is representative of the community they come from.
Since 2015, Changing Woman Initiative has been growing public awareness around the continuously overlooked issues of Native American maternal health and the lack of Native American/ Indigenous representation within midwifery in the United States. We became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in Spring 2018. During this time, CWI undertook a 12-month strategic planning process and digital storytelling project. We engaged with Native American women, families, midwives, doulas, and elders to discuss effective sustainable ways for Changing Woman Initiative to ensure access to decolonized Indigenously centered, accessible healthcare and traditional childbirth options for Native American women.
We are indigenous leaders and community healers, centering our families and communities, transforming the cultural narrative and setting in motion policy changes. Our mission is to support our diverse indigenous communities, to renew cultural birth, and the fundamental indigenous human right to reproductive health, dignity and justice.
Our vision is to restore the sovereignty of indigenous midwifery and community health with the return to gender equality and cultural birth practices.
To honor all our relations through language, land, ceremony, and traditions; with humility, responsibility, fortitude, compassion, generosity, and respect.