I grew up in Edmonton with my parents and my sister, but with a very big (55 cousins and counting!) and close-knit extended family around the world. Visiting my family was always an adventure. They are loud and strong-minded, everyone has their own opinion, but of course, everyone thinks they are each right. You could never tell who lived where, with everyone stopping over to eat something, drop off their kids to be watched, or cousins going to play with each other. Being surrounded with a deep sense of supporting family and community, I always imagined myself working with women, children, and families.
I moved to Vancouver in 2004 to complete my degree in Biology. I then took a year off and volunteered with a maternity care research group. The researcher I worked with was very passionate and loved to talk about what research really tells us. He opened my eyes to how the education and care we give families can make all the difference. I also became a birth doula in several programs, volunteering with young moms, substance using moms, and new immigrant families. I came into midwifery when I saw how midwives spent time developing relationships, supporting women to make their own informed decisions, and how families could become incredibly empowered through their pregnancy and birth.
Through my midwifery education at UBC, I’ve learned from many families in Vancouver, Kelowna, and Uganda. My love for traveling and learning about different cultures has also led me to work with midwives and physicians in Israel, rural Ecuador, and Mexico. I speak English, Hebrew, and Spanish. When not catching babies, I love spending time with my own baby Noam and exploring BC.
The midwives from Pomegranate are wonderful! I have birthed with them by my side twice and love working with them as a doula!