Featured Presenter - Episode 26
Bethany Moody, RN, MSN, CNM (Shawnee, Potawatomi)
Bethany Moody is a traditional woman of the Eagle Clan. She is both Shawnee and Potawatomi Descendent.
She learned plant medicines early in life from her maternal Shawnee grandfather. She is a certified nurse midwife as well as an indigenous midwife and has caught 1327 new little ones in their arrival into their physical journey from the Star Realm.
She received her formal education through Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing in 1992. She is Kokumtha/Nokomis/Grandmother of 6 grandchildren.
She was one of two Native American Consultants for Boston Medical College for the CHAMPS Project and the Breastfeeding in Indian Country Coalition. She currently is the traditional birthways and breastfeeding consultant for Inter-tribal Council of Michigan Healthy Start program as well as a part of the Asabike Coalition to advanced indigenous prenatal health care in Michigan.
Beth was instrumental in setting the stage for Breastfeeding Tents at local powwow which, providing light, nutritious snacks and water to mommas in a quiet and relaxing space. This was the start of state wide tents happening at indigenous community events. Along with that she wrote the policies and procedures for breastfeeding breaks at local casinos and reservation governments which spearheaded lactation areas as well.
She has worked tirelessly with Elder grandmothers and grandfathers around the Great Lakes area learning all she can regarding teachings and lifeways of our mommas and babies. She has given workshops on cradleboards and mossbags from Detroit to Minnesota. Her interests focus on providing cultural, nutritional, foraging, herbal medicines, breastfeeding, women's health justice, women's health and traditional parenting lifeways to all Anishnaabek communities.
Recently Beth became a Certified Indigenous Breastfeeding Counselor as well as a full spectrum Indigenous doula.
Beth was gifted a dream about the interconnectedness of breastfeeding, breast cancer and domestic violence. This dream was freely given and is the foundation used at many Safe Sleep presentations on reservations throughout Michigan. Within these workshop presentations, women are able to make Breastfeeding Awareness shawls which are a beautiful colostrum yellow color. “The work is vital to restoring our indigenous cultural life ways if feeding our babies their first traditional foods and the foundation for food sovereignty.”