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 and then, after having my first daughter, Norah, in 2014, returned to work in a team of 3. I have a second daughter, Audrey, who did not survive pregnancy, dying of a very rare brain tumour just before 29 weeks in February 2018. Audrey has taught myself and many others the importance of acknowledging our babies who are lost through miscarriage, stillbirth and infant death. 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 me and Norah at the local parks, Science World, or the Aquarium, enjoying all Vancouver has to offer!

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I had a great experience at Pomegranate. Over two pregnancies, I worked with 5 different midwives, and felt cared for and respected. Every midwife I met with was open minded, answered questions honestly and neutrally, and left me empowered to make my own choices. They were strong advocates for my birth preferences, even when my plans deviated from the recommendations of a consulting OB. I strongly believe that with other care providers, I would have been pressured during my pregnancy and birth and that it would have had a tremendous impact on my experience. I am a strong advocate for informed choice and woman-centered care and I never hesitate to refer friends to Pomegranate.
 

Natalie Lawy

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