Jennifer Nguyen, RM, MSc

Growing up in Nova Scotia, I never heard of midwives except for the stereotypes that you see in movies and TV. It had never crossed my mind as a career choice until I moved to northern BC to pursue a master’s degree in Community Health Science. It wasn’t until my thesis research working with Aboriginal women, learning about the health disparities of rural and remote communities, that showed me how much work still needs to be done to improve access to quality maternity care for all. A deeper look into the midwifery model of care solidified for me that midwifery was an amazing and integral way of achieving these goals.

I graduated from the midwifery education program at McMaster University in Hamilton, ON, and was so fortunate to be hired on at Pomegranate Community Midwives in 2016. I feel very privileged to be able to serve clients in English, Mandarin, and Vietnamese. My philosophy of midwifery care is rooted in informed choice and feminism, and my goal is that all my clients feel supported and empowered to make the choices that are right for them and their family.

When not midwifing, I can be found exploring this beautiful city, cooking/baking up a storm (my love for butter is a very real thing), hiking the mountains with my dog, and drinking coffee on my patio while observing the plethora of cats sitting on the roofs of East Van.

Testimonials

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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