I am passionate about respectful and compassionate health care, with a particular interest in empowerment in pregnancy and birth. This passion is realized daily through my work as a midwife, encouraging women to be active participants in their own care. My favourite part of midwifery is building relationships with my clients and learning about everyone’s unique journey to motherhood. I am constantly in awe of the ability of pregnancy and birth to be both universal and unique to each woman, and am grateful to be part of the experience with women and their families.I obtained my midwifery degree from Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario following clinical placements in Scarborough, Toronto and Winnipeg. I am a prairie girl at heart, having grown up in Winnipeg and practiced midwifery there after graduating in 2011. It was wonderful to be part of the opening of Winnipeg’s beautiful Birth Centre. After the birth of my son in 2013, however, I knew it was time to realize my dream of moving west. I am thrilled to be living in Kelowna, where we’ve been exploring parks, beaches, hikes and restaurants. I welcome suggestions on things to check out!
I am a a graduate from the Ryerson Midwifery Education program in Toronto. My passion for midwifery began in 2002 when I was entrusted an important role as a step-parent, which made me ask the question, “What does safe reproductive health care look like?”; I was compelled to become a midwife! My engagement with Women’s and Gender Studies at Concordia University in Montreal informed my perspective on the role of a midwife in society. During my studies I also became a doula with an organization that specializes in supporting pregnant newcomers and their families. I strongly believe that every pregnant person should find care to be easily accessible in their community, regardless of their personal circumstances. My work as a midwife has also been informed by my experience as a women’s support worker in transitional and safe housing. I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity in my midwifery training to practice both in remote and urban locations, where I have witnessed the unique needs of each region. My long term goals for midwifery are to bring birth back to rural and remote communities that presently lack obstetrical services, and to find creative solutions to provide maternity care to people without medical insurance, incarcerated persons and those who face apprehension.
I do not yet have children of my own but am known as aunty, child whisperer and mother of many! In my spare time, I sing and compose music on the guitar, cycle feverishly and cook with the passion of a chef! Some of my other long term, non- midwifery related goals are to bike across Canada, brave at least one solo artistic performance in public and to become a foster parent. I am skilled and confident in pain management labor support for those choosing unmedicated birth, and I provides non – judgmental, respectful care to all her clients. I also delight in any opportunity to work with the LGBTQ+ community!
I understand my role of a midwife as someone who aims to provide equitable reproductive health care. I am extremely delighted to return to the Okanagan Valley and am honoured to be part of your birth team!
As a 2015 graduate of the UBC Midwifery Program, I've had the privilege of attending the births of many women in Vancouver, Vernon, Kelowna, and Uganda over the past few years. Midwifery has allowed me to combine my passion for women's health with the pleasure of supporting families through such a memorable time in their lives.
Discovering midwifery came as a surprise to me a few years back while on a bike tour through rural communities in Oregon, Northern California, and later the Maritime provinces. My husband and I were traveling in search of farmland but also in the midst of exploring ideas of professions that would compliment our dream of a rural life. During the trip, I encountered many young families choosing to have unattended home births because they could not access midwifery care. With many hours on a bike to contemplate the possibilities, I came to the decision on a highway in California that midwifery was it and I've never looked back.
My husband and I were fortunate enough to welcome our own little guy, Levon, into the world on February 3rd, 2017. When not midwifing, there’s a pretty good chance Levon and I are indoors cooking, outside hiking or stepping on his dad's crops at the farm.
I am deeply grateful to be part of your birth experience, knowing the privilege, vulnerability and importance that this experience holds to you and your loved ones. My diverse background has allowed me to merge my training the sciences, teaching, counseling and the fine arts into the field of Midwifery. I have been fortunate to have travelled globally for my education and when in Australia I obtained my Masters of Arts and my Cabinetry Certification. I used these tools and my love of community, working with others and creativity to co-direct and co-found an arts centre in Sydney Australia. This work in advocacy and passion for mindful community has followed me through my completion of my Midwifery studies at UBC and now as I join the Malachite Team.
When not catching babies, I can be found in coveralls making art, listening to music or sipping a cup of tea.