Dawn Henderson

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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!

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We thoroughly enjoyed our Pomegranate experience. We received excellent care – before, during and after the birth of our daughter. While my wife was in labour, a number of complications arose and the midwife team handled everything as we had discussed ahead of time. We felt well cared for, supported and encouraged in our experience as new parents and we’re so grateful for their help. Thank you Pomegranate!

Shaun McLean

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