Team Purple

Taylor felt a calling to midwifery at a young age. Between a great grandmother who was a midwife, and growing up next door to one of BC’s midwifery founders she was very much inspired to pursue the profession herself.  After training and working as a nurse in Victoria, BC for many years Taylor began her dream of attending midwifery school. She graduated from Bastyr University’s Master of Science in Midwifery Program and has since enjoyed working in Calgary, Surrey, and is thrilled to now be working at Malachite Midwives.  Taylor’s passions outside of caring for women and watching families grow include: knitting, pottery, yoga, her husband Matthew, and her dog Charlie.

Taylor felt a calling to midwifery at a young age. Between a great grandmother who was a midwife, and growing up next door to one of BC’s midwifery founders she was very much inspired to pursue the profession herself.

After training and working as a nurse in Victoria, BC for many years Taylor began her dream of attending midwifery school. She graduated from Bastyr University’s Master of Science in Midwifery Program and has since enjoyed working in Calgary, Surrey, and is thrilled to now be working at Malachite Midwives.

Taylor’s passions outside of caring for women and watching families grow include: knitting, pottery, yoga, her husband Matthew, and her dog Charlie.

Taylor alexander, RM

(Until August 2019)

I grew up in France and Africa and moved to Toronto with my family for most of my elementary years. My path to becoming a midwife has been full of adventure. I started with a BA in International Development and a MSc in Sustainable Development, while raft guiding down the Chilliwack river in the summers.  During my studies I chose courses based around gender and development, sexual ethics and health and democracy. I focused many of my research papers on midwifery and this further opened my eyes to the key role that midwives play in a community’s social sustainability.  Studying Midwifery at UBC has offered me many diverse learning experiences and offered inter-professional placements with obstetricians, nurse practitioners, labour and delivery nurses and with Dr. Jack Newman’s International Breastfeeding Centre. I was also fortunate to join UBC’s global placement, spending 6 weeks working with Midwives in Uganda, both on the labour and delivery floor and co-teaching emergency skills workshops in the community.  I am in awe of the families I work with every day and am grateful to be where I am. So far, I’ve had the honour of working with Midwives and families in New Westminister, Nelson and Kelowna.  When not busy in the birth world, you can find me hiking the mountains, playing in the river or gardening.

I grew up in France and Africa and moved to Toronto with my family for most of my elementary years. My path to becoming a midwife has been full of adventure. I started with a BA in International Development and a MSc in Sustainable Development, while raft guiding down the Chilliwack river in the summers.

During my studies I chose courses based around gender and development, sexual ethics and health and democracy. I focused many of my research papers on midwifery and this further opened my eyes to the key role that midwives play in a community’s social sustainability.

Studying Midwifery at UBC has offered me many diverse learning experiences and offered inter-professional placements with obstetricians, nurse practitioners, labour and delivery nurses and with Dr. Jack Newman’s International Breastfeeding Centre. I was also fortunate to join UBC’s global placement, spending 6 weeks working with Midwives in Uganda, both on the labour and delivery floor and co-teaching emergency skills workshops in the community.

I am in awe of the families I work with every day and am grateful to be where I am. So far, I’ve had the honour of working with Midwives and families in New Westminister, Nelson and Kelowna.

When not busy in the birth world, you can find me hiking the mountains, playing in the river or gardening.

ashley courtney, rM

I am thrilled to be joining Malachite Midwives this summer. I am originally from Montreal, Quebec where I worked as both a doula and personal support worker and earned a BSc in Agriculture and Environmental Sciences from McGill University. I realized after graduation that although I loved plants and science my true passion lay in working with people. I moved to Hamilton to attend McMaster University to get my midwifery degree. In the past few years I have had the pleasure of working and doing placements across Ontario, in Peterborough, Hamilton and Cambridge.  Midwifery is such a beautiful combination of science and care work and I cannot imagine a better path for myself. Practicing midwifery has been the greatest journey of my life and I feel so privileged to be able to be a part of such an important time in the lives of pregnant people and their families. I am passionate about providing evidence-based care and in helping pregnant people feel empowered to make the best decisions for themselves.  I am fluent in both English and French.  When I’m not working, you can find me gardening, reading, exploring the outdoors, fermenting all kinds of veggies, and painting.  I am looking forward to meeting you!

I am thrilled to be joining Malachite Midwives this summer. I am originally from Montreal, Quebec where I worked as both a doula and personal support worker and earned a BSc in Agriculture and Environmental Sciences from McGill University. I realized after graduation that although I loved plants and science my true passion lay in working with people. I moved to Hamilton to attend McMaster University to get my midwifery degree. In the past few years I have had the pleasure of working and doing placements across Ontario, in Peterborough, Hamilton and Cambridge.

Midwifery is such a beautiful combination of science and care work and I cannot imagine a better path for myself. Practicing midwifery has been the greatest journey of my life and I feel so privileged to be able to be a part of such an important time in the lives of pregnant people and their families. I am passionate about providing evidence-based care and in helping pregnant people feel empowered to make the best decisions for themselves.

I am fluent in both English and French.

When I’m not working, you can find me gardening, reading, exploring the outdoors, fermenting all kinds of veggies, and painting.

I am looking forward to meeting you!

Katryna van Vliet, rM (Beginning July 2019)