The Ttáwaxt Birth Justice Center, created and led by Native women, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving families on and near the Yakama Nation Reservation. We offer pre and postnatal care, reproductive healthcare, breastfeeding support, childbirth education, cultural classes, plant medicine, and other support for families. We center the wisdom of Indigenous life-givers and protectors, and know our cultural practices are vital to the continuance of the next generation and the healing. We are carrying out our mission through the revitalization of Indigenous intergenerational matriarchal practices and systems and by creating safe, Indigenous spaces where our families and communities can heal and thrive.
Meet Our Team
We are Native women, life-givers & protectors with a range of training & expertise, including as doulas, in Indigenous childbirth education, breastfeeding, as well as cultural practices & language.
Semone Dittentholer is Winnebago and Yakama Nation tribes. Mother to Ella, who is three years old. She has been part of Ttáwaxt Birth Justice Center since 2013 during the inception of the work. She is a Birth Justice Advocate and Doula for Ttáwaxt Birth Justice Center. Over the years she witnessed and experienced how colonized systems have impacted women and families on the Yakama Nation Reservation and is dedicated to deconstructing them. Her focus is learning how to gather, grow and use plant medicine to support healing for families, pregnant women, and postpartum. Semone’s passion is driven from the deep understanding of trauma and how to navigate healing through her spiritual journey.
Leslie Muxiis Swan is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation and Chippewa Cree descent. Mother of five children between six to seventeen. As an Indigenous Birth Justice Advocate, doula for Ttáwaxt Birth Justice Center, and a language/cultural apprentice she loves instilling hope and healing in the community by creating ways for young families to reconnect with who they are as native people. Her favorite way of doing this is by teaching how to make baby moccasins/regalia, and cradle boards for expecting families. She grew up in White Swan, Washington at the base of the cascade mountains. She has followed traditional Yakama way of life gathering foods and medicines all her life. She believes strongly that connection to creator, mother earth, traditional foods and medicines, and return of language will heal the damages done by historical trauma.
Tashina Nunez is descendant of the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation, Snohomish, and Niimiipu tribes. She is a mother of three children ages twenty-four, twenty-two, and eleven years of age, a new grandmother, and has been married for over 25 years. She is a registered nurse, with a specialization in trauma and emergency room care for over fifteen years and a sexual assault nurse examiner for over twelve years. She was raised at her maternal grandmother’s home on the Yakama Nation Reservation in Washington State. Tashina is a Birth Justice Advocate at the Ttáwaxt Birth Justice Center, and is dedicated to serving her people through compassionate care, healing though food sovereignty, and food as medicine. Tashina provides Indigenous Childbirth Education and breastfeeding support to families. Her future goal is to obtain her degree and become a family nurse practitioner for her community with the goal of decreasing maternal and infant mortality among Indigenous people.