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Who We Are

About Us

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Our Values

We believe...

  • Every parent is the perfect parent for their baby
  • That healthy mothers and babies are the foundation of a healthy community
  • That abundance and generosity are essential in Indigenous resiliency
  • That abundance and generosity are a community responsibility
  • In the validity of traditional knowledge
  • In centering Indigenous people in all our work
  • In the importance of providing culturally relevant care
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Our Story

Hummingbird's Birth Story

In the summer of 2019, we hosted an Indigenous doula training and an Indigenous lactation counselor training open to community members. As Daybreak Star Doulas, we launched that program with United Indians of All Tribes Foundation in 2019 which was exclusively funded by a King County levy called Best Starts for Kids. This program was spearheaded by Camie Jae Goldhammer and she hired two doulas. We immediately got busy working with families but we wanted to do more! In the summer of 2021, we launched Hummingbird Indigenous Family Services.
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Meet our Drum

While hummingbirds are fairly independent birds, when two or more of them get together they can be called a drum, a glittering or a shimmering. Like a drum, the Hummingbird team is a steady guide and heartbeat of our organization.

Hummingbird Team

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Camie Goldhammer
Camie Goldhammer
Founding Executive Director
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Sisseton-Wahpeton

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Chrissy Harris
Chrissy Harris
Operations Manager
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Kaigani Haida, Filipino

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Vanessa Lovejoy-Guron
Vanessa Lovejoy-Guron
BirthKeeper Program Manager
she/her
Filipino

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TR Andrews
TR Andrews
Indigenous BirthKeeper

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Kristin Lightfeather
Kristin Lightfeather
Indigenous BirthKeeper

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Patanjali de la Rocha, MSW, MPH
Patanjali de la Rocha, MSW, MPH
Hummingbird Nest Director
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Mexicatl, Kalinga

Clan Mothers (Board of Directors)

Our Clan Mothers are a group of strong, kind and culturally grounded women and Two-Spirit people. They help to guide, as well as oversee the Hummingbird leadership and help to set our strategic plan. 

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Colleen Echohawk
Colleen Echohawk
Eighth Generation
Pawnee

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Lynette Jordan
Lynette Jordan
Community Member
Leech Lake and Colville

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Temryss Lane
Temryss Lane
Pyramid Consulting
Lummi

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Farrah Rivera
Farrah Rivera
Quilted Health
Filipinx

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Kaitlin Kamalei
Kaitlin Kamalei
Seattle Public Schools
Native Hawaiian

Cultural Advisory Council

Our Cultural Advisory Council represents the community. They are leaders who have have been a consistent voice and advocate for the community. The Culturally Advisory Board serves a number of roles within Hummingbird including providing cultural knowledge sharing with Hummingbird staff and families, supporting program planning and ensuring that community and culture remain an integral part of Hummingbird. Cultural Advisory Board members do receive a stipend for their service.

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Lika Smith
Lika Smith
Pacific Islander Health Board
Native Hawaiian

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Masha Frye
Masha Frye
Cowlitz Behavioral Health
Alliut

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Lydia Faitalia
Lydia Faitalia
United Indians of All Tribes Foundation (stepping back)
Samoan/Tongan

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Socia Love-Thurman
Socia Love-Thurman
Seattle Indian Health Board
Cherokee

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Shelley Means
Shelley Means
Native American Women’s Dialogue on Infant Mortality
Ojibwe/Lakota

Community Partners

Seattle Indian Health Board
Provides community health care and services targeting the urban American Indian and Alaska Native population in the greater Seattle/King County area.
Na’ah Illahee Fund
An Indigenous women-led organization dedicated to the ongoing regeneration of Indigenous communities.
Pacific Islander Health Board
Cultivate resilience within our communities to achieve health equity through culturally safe and community-driven solutions, traditions, advocacy, and policies.
United Indians of All Tribe Foundation
Provides educational, cultural and social services that reconnect Indigenous people in the Puget Sound region to their heritage by strengthening their sense of belonging and significance as Native people through being a social service provider, community center, and cultural home for Urban Indians.
Open Arms Perinatal Services
Provides free perinatal services to improve birth experiences and lifelong outcomes for families. Through prenatal education, continuous doula support through labor, lactation guidance, support groups, and home visits, we establish supportive networks from pregnancy up to a child’s second birthday.
Perinatal Support Washington
Supports the emotional wellbeing of people in the perinatal period, making our families and communities stronger.
Quilted Health
Quilted Health's mission is to build and champion a model for equitable access to compassionate, evidence-based, whole-person pregnancy care.
Center for Indigenous Midwifery
Strengthens community by honoring, supporting and reclaiming Indigenous Midwifery Care.
Capacity Collective
Builds the capacity of individuals… to build capacity of their programs… to build the capacity of their organizations… to build the capacity of the communities and people they serve.

Our Funders

Best Starts for Kids
Best Starts for kids supports our Hummingbird Indigenous BirthKeepers.
Perigee Fund
Perigee Fund supports Hummingbird Nest and Indigenous BirthKeepers.
Groundswell
Groundswell supports our out-of-state abortion care.
Washington State
Washington State supports the Family Spirit Program.
City of Seattle
The City of Seattle supports Hummingbird Indigenous BirthKeepers.
St. Joseph Community Partnership Fund
St. Joseph supports building capacity at Hummingbird.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
RWJF supports our Storytelling program.