Changing Woman

Institute History

  • 2017 Women's Financing Intensive


Nicolle Gonzales is a certified nurse midwife, on call 24-7 for her people, and is a Diné/Navajo mother who struggles to keep her tribe's traditions alive at home. When Nicolle hears horrific stories from her patients at the clinic, that expecting native women and their babies are dying unnecessarily, she sets out to investigate. Haunted by the discovery of the truth and determined to stop the destructive cycle of the loss of her tribe's sacred traditions, Nicolle sets off on a quest to save lives, and heal the wounds of her people, by building the very first Native American birth center in the United States.


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