I feel so fortunate to have found Midwifery as a career! I grew up in a small town on Vancouver Island, where women need to drive over 80 km to birth their babies. After high school, I moved to Vancouver in hopes of becoming a pediatric nurse. During my third year of UBC Nursing School I witnessed my first birth – and was immediately hooked! After graduating in 2003, I became a Registered Perinatal Nurse at BC Women’s Hospital. For the next five years, I supported many women throughout their labours, births, and immediate postpartum periods. Soon into my nursing career I ‘discovered’ midwifery and found that my values surrounding labour and birth were much more congruent with the midwifery model of birth, specifically around continuity of care, building trusting relationships, informed choice, and normal birth.
I applied to and was accepted into the UBC Midwifery Program in 2008. My three years of training allowed me to work with midwives in Richmond, Nanaimo, and Vancouver, as well as with obstetricians and family doctors in Vancouver. I was also very fortunate to spend my last year of school at Pomegranate and I am thrilled to have been working here since January 2012. I took a short break from November 2014 to September 2015 to have my own baby girl, Norah, and returned to work as part of a team of 3. Our team, much like the rest of Pomegranate, values informed choice and loves homebirth!
When I’m not working, you’ll find me and Norah at the local parks, Science World, or the Aquarium, enjoying what Vancouver has to offer!
My second pregnancy was very stressful and needed a fair bit of medical intervention and support. My midwives at Pomegranate were incredibly supportive, patient and helpful. They encouraged and supported my desire to have a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) by providing with helpful information to help me make informed decisions about my pregnancy. When I needed a consultation with an OB, they worked well with him and were very professional. I had planned a home birth, but needed to transfer to the hospital and the midwife ensured that I was cared for and had the best experience possible, in spite of the change of plans. I was able to have a medication-free VBAC and it was amazing. They provided great post-partum support and breastfeeding assistance. I highly recommend them.