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.
I had my third and fourth children with the assistance of the midwives at Pomegranate. It is my experience that birth is the most painful, most joyous and most life changing event ever. The Pomegranate midwives were excellent at guiding my family and I through this adventure. With each pregnancy the midwives were available and responsive to my concerns. I could page at any time or call the office. I never felt like I was any trouble or interrupting. I was concerned that my third baby was going to be born on Christmas, but they assured me there was no issue. I truly felt supported. The midwives were knowledgable and attuned to my concerns. I was properly referred and informed of results in a timely manner. I felt supported. If I think about why this care was right for me, I think about the appointments leading up to the birth – never feeling rushed out the door. I think about how my husband and children were all involved in the births. I think about how I was involved and present for the births. I think about how I was able to have our babies at home and that I always felt safe. I think about how my wishes were supported and respected. I think about my midwife bringing me toast and tea after the birth. It seems so silly and so small, but it symbolizes so much more. I also appreciated the followup appointments once the babies had arrived. I had reliable support. It was what I needed. I feel I have been so lucky to have such excellent birth experts at my side. Thank you ladies! I would go back, in a heartbeat…but five seems crazy, doesn’t it?