Yurpilang – First Nations pregnancy care

Yurpilang is a Dja Dja Wurrung word for birth, which means to bring forth.

“Birthing is a special time for families. It is a time of bringing people together as a new life comes into being. It is about family and community together acknowledging the spirit of the child and the unique connection they will have with Country, as we have done since birth.

It is important to acknowledge the diversity of community and our cultural practices in bringing a new life into being. We honour and encourage First Nations people to embrace their cultural practice through this time. As First Nations people we wish to empower you during this time of pregnancy, birth and during the early stages of your child’s life. Community caring for community, like in times past.”

Castlemaine Health First Nations Maternity Advisory Group

Our service is a place where all people can feel safe, comfortable and respected.

We acknowledge the traditional practices and wisdom of First Nations people. We work with our local community to empower First Nations people to make choices about their pregnancy, labour and birth and early parenting that are right for them, their families and their babies.

If you, your partner or your baby identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, you may have an Aboriginal Health Liaison Officer or other support person with you throughout your pregnancy, labour and birth and early parenting. Your views, beliefs and values will be heard, understood and respected at all times.

Castlemaine Health has been granted permission to use the word Yurpilang by the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation.

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