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 people 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 very fortunate to spend my last year of school at Pomegranate and I am thrilled to have been working here since January 2012. I began working at Pomegranate as a solo midwife, slowly increasing team members as I added children to my life! I currently work in a fabulous team of 3.5. I feel so lucky to have found practice partners who are as passionate about choice, physiologic birth, and homebirth as I am.
I have three daughters. Norah, born in 2014; Audrey born in 2018, who did not survive pregnancy, dying of a very rare brain tumour just before 29 weeks; and Maggie (Margaret), born in June 2019. I returned to work in April 2020 and am finding the balance of work and motherhood once again.
All my pregnancies and births have contributed in some way to my being a midwife, but Audrey has taught myself and many others in our community the importance of acknowledging our babies who are lost through miscarriage, stillbirth and infant death. If you have a story to share, or have questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. We are here for you. My journey into motherhood has shaped who I am as a person, a mother, and a midwife, and I am thrilled to be walking with other families on their journey into parenthood.
When I’m not working, you’ll find our family enjoying the neighbourhood parks and community centers, baking at home, crafting or playing board games with the kids!
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!