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LeChante' Raiwalui

Indigenous Emotional Peer Support

She/her
Fijian and Black
lechante.raiwalui@perinatalsupport.org

LeChante’ is a mom of two beautiful soulmates. Her mental health journey is delicately woven into her birth and postpartum stories, and growth through parenting. The foundation of LeChante’s career as a Birth Navigator began with developing her Birth Doula skills. She quickly found herself strengthening her natural gift for introspection and heart-searching while facilitating supportive pregnancy care and parent support groups. While cultural affirmation and reclamation from a Pacific Islander and African American cultural lens is at the heart of LeChante’s work, she also leans on techniques for mindfulness and mental health advocacy, allowing for caregivers of any stage the space to explore and embrace deeper self-awareness in connection to their inner and outer worlds.

As a Parent Resilience Specialist/Indigenous Emotional Support ‘Bestie’, LeChante’s intention is to embody the way of her ancestors' ancient practice called ‘WayFinding’. To act as a ‘Hoturoa’ in Maori meaning head of the canoe, a modern mentor for families who are seeking support while navigating the waters of life. She studies her personal, cultural, spiritual, and familial experiences just as her ancestors studied the stars to guide her canoe through pivotal seasons of life. Gratitude fills her heart knowing the strength and trust it takes for families to allow her into their lives to embrace sacred and necessary connections of the Matavuvale (family)

LeChante works through a partnership with Perinatal Support Washington. We are so excited to have her on our Hummingbird Team along with PS-WA's partnership!