After witnessing her very first birth at a young age, Cammie knew at that moment that she wanted to be a midwife. She was, and continues to be, very committed to the values of midwifery and the significance of helping women through their childbirth experience. Cammie was born and raised in Ontario, and graduated from the Midwifery Education Program at Laurentian University in Sudbury, in April 2007. Since then, she has been practicing midwifery in Northern Ontario. Cammie had always wanted to move to B.C, and is very excited to be living in Kelowna and working with Malachite Midwives.After spending some time working in a missionary birthing centre in the Philippines, Cammie has become very interested in issues surrounding maternity care in the developing world. She is deeply committed to the goal of increasing awareness and access to midwifery not only globally, but within our own community as well.Cammie believes it is truly an honour to witness the journey of pregnancy, labour and birth, and to also be able to see babies and families grow each day. As a midwife, she feels privileged to be a part of these experiences and looks forward to many, many more. Happy birthing!
One of my earliest memories is walking hand-in-hand with my mother, after a half-day at preschool when I was three years old. There was a pregnant woman walking and speaking with my mom, and they were both were encouraging me to look at her pregnant belly and touch it if I wanted. I started crying because it was overwhelming for me to imagine a woman growing a baby inside of her body, and my mother apologized to the woman for my weird behaviour. Today, I am still overwhelmed by the miracle of pregnancy and birth on a daily basis; some things never change.
After high school, my parents encouraged me to study something that I loved; so, I earned a Bachelors of Kinesiology from McMaster University, inspired by my interest in the human body as a dancer of many years. Amidst academia, I took my itchy feet on as many international expeditions as I could manifest. One such expedition took me to Costa Rica. There, I met a midwife, and was overcome as I witnessed the profoundness that empowered childbearing can have for women and families. I completed the Midwifery Program at the University of British Columbia, a four-year Bachelors degree. I learned from many wise women in BC, at a waterbirth centre in Alberta, and at two public hospitals in Uganda, East Africa. Since then, I co-founded Malachite Midwives here in Kelowna, and have worked for Doctors Without Borders internationally.
When not catching babies, I am dabbling in beginner piano playing, exploring Okanagan Lake in my inflatable kayak, and attempting to mature my Okanagan wine-tasting skills.
After growing up in Alberta, I heard the West Coast of BC calling. There, I raised my wonderful daughter and enjoyed a successful career for over 32 years as a Respiratory Therapist and Polysomnography Tech.
Not long ago, I felt the need for a shift in my life and began a journey of self discovery. After a lot of travel and reflection, I landed in beautiful Kelowna and found myself drawn to the Malachite Midwives team.
Using new skills, engaging with, and being accepted by this wonderful group of caring women makes me feel very fortunate. Motherhood has been an exceptional journey to experience and as time moves forward, the bond is strengthened.
Travel has always been a passion of mine, in which I have gained much awareness, acceptance and outstanding life experiences. May my future continue to transform as I embrace the wonder of all those around me!