Midwifery is often referred to as a calling and I have personally felt this to be true! My mother chose midwifery care prior to regulation in Ontario and my aunt is a doula. I grew up with a worldview of birth as a natural and empowering part of life. My interest in reproductive health grew as I connected with various healthcare professionals through my father’s involvement with Doctors Without Borders. After reading Spiritual Midwifery I knew I wanted to be a part of changing our birth culture. I spent my childhood in West Africa and Europe before returning to Canada and attending an arts high school in Toronto majoring in theatre.
I was accepted into the midwifery education program at McMaster University in 2009 and studied with midwives, nurses and obstetricians throughout Ontario. A highlight of my degree was an international placement in a low resourced maternity centre in Toamasina, Madagascar. This experience sparked an interest in learning about the diverse array of birth cultures and practices around the world.
Since graduating in 2013 I have worked in the semi-rural Durham region and downtown Toronto including the Toronto Birth Centre. I have most recently fallen in love with Vancouver and have worked in the downtown East side and at the Urban Native Youth Association.
I love working with Dawn and Amy with whom I share a similar philosophy of holistic midwifery care. Informed choice is one of the key aspects of midwifery care, which means that I will share my knowledge and support your choices. I strive to help clients to have positive and empowering experiences and am privileged to be a small part of this incredible journey.
I love to travel, play ultimate frisbee, and spend time outdoors with my partner hiking and skiing. I look forward to meeting and getting to know you and your families over the coming year!
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?