Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice

Autumn Cavender-Wilson

Certified Professional Midwife

Autumn Cavender-Wilson is Wahpetuwan Dakota from Pezihutazizi K'api Makoce (Upper Sioux Community) and a licensed Certified Professional Midwife (CPM).  A long time decolonization and Indigenous liberation activist, she has worked with pregnancy, birth and the postpartum, both as a doula and as a midwife, since 2008.  She became a prison abolitionist during her husband's incarceration in 2011, and began to link her perinatal work with her anti-prison stance. Since then, Autumn has developed and taught culturally-appropriate perinatal curriculum, served as an anti-racism teacher, and helped train doulas.  She currently does work with several social-justice birth organizations, including the Minnesota Prison Doula Project, in addition to her home birth practice.