I feel incredibly privileged for my work as a midwife. I cannot think of any other vocation that would be as satisfying to my curiosity, as demanding of my creativity, and as fulfilling to my spirit. I feel lucky to support families through the journey of pregnancy and birth, whatever path they take.
I came to midwifery from a background working as a researcher and coordinator with a number of maternity-related organizations in BC. These experiences opened my eyes to the importance of pregnancy and birth as a transformative time for families and to midwifery as a caring model to support this transition. I am also deeply influenced by my mother, who attended births as a family doctor in Vancouver for almost thirty years, and who was a strong supporter of midwifery.
I enrolled in the UBC Midwifery Program in 2006. In the course of my training, I attended over one hundred births, and was mentored by a number of gifted and experienced midwives, nurses, and physicians in Vancouver, Richmond, and Delta. My first clinical placement was at Pomegranate and I found here a community of midwives whose dedication and passion for normal birth was inspiring. I was thrilled to return to Pomegranate as a registered midwife in 2011.
As part of my training, I also had the good fortune to spend time working alongside midwives at a hospital in Uganda and at a clinic in Thailand serving Burmese refugees. These experiences reinforced the impression I already had that mothers are made for giving birth and babies are made to be born; for the vast majority of births, the only equipment needed by the midwife is her caring hands. At the same time, working in these settings made me so grateful that in Canada, we have access to resources and technology when we do need them. I hope to incorporate international work into my practice as a midwife in the long term.
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?