Dawn Henderson

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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!

Testimonials

My second pregnancy was very stressful and needed a fair bit of medical intervention and support. My midwives at Pomegranate were incredibly supportive, patient and helpful. They encouraged and supported my desire to have a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) by providing with helpful information to help me make informed decisions about my pregnancy. When I needed a consultation with an OB, they worked well with him and were very professional. I had planned a home birth, but needed to transfer to the hospital and the midwife ensured that I was cared for and had the best experience possible, in spite of the change of plans. I was able to have a medication-free VBAC and it was amazing. They provided great post-partum support and breastfeeding assistance. I highly recommend them.

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