//051 Kelly Tikao, nurse + customary birthing practice academic

December 18, 2020

Dr Kelly Tikao (Waitaha, Kāti Māmoe, Kāi Tahu) is a Māori researcher, Nurse, māmā, and self-described dabbler in the creative fields.

Based in Ōtautahi, she became interested in customary birthing practices following her cousin’s experience with home birth. She began implementing some of those practices into her own birth experiences with her children, and progressed into a Masters and then PhD on the kaupapa. 

In this episode we talk about hapūtanga, birthing, story and liberation.

We’ve forgotten to activate those traditions, or those tikanga, or those practices, because not only through colonisation – yes, but through hospitalisation and surgicalisation of birth.

Tiffany Witehira of Curionoir photographed by Qiane Matata-Sipu for NUKU

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