I initially took the nursing path, I worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) for nearly ten years on maternity floors in Ontario. I started at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto (1987-1992) before moving on to Royal Victoria Hospital (RVH) in Barrie, Ontario (1991- 1996), where I also spent two years as a volunteer birth coach.
In 1996, I moved to Nanaimo, British Columbia with my family. Being blessed with four children has given me considerable personal insight into the joys and challenges of pregnancy, childbirth, and motherhood. I have been married for 17 years to my kind, wonderful, supportive husband Mel. Recently Mel has joined the practice -managing the administration aspect of the business.
In 1997, I successfully completed the Breast Feeding Counselor Program at Douglas College. This course integrated well with my 10 years of nursing and gives me confidence in helping new mothers establish good breastfeeding practice.
In the fall of 2000 I entered into a three-year program of intensive study at Seattle Midwifery School, which provided me the opportunity to expand my knowledge and experience from nursing into specialized midwifery. I acquired experience and confidence with home birth for my Seattle training.
After graduation in 2004, I became a Registered Midwife with the College of Midwives of British Columbia.
In 2005, I obtained hospital privileges at NRGH (Nanaimo Regional General Hospital) and I have enjoyed the multi-disciplinary approach, and the fantastic facility the maternity floor provides. This past year I have also obtained hospital privileges at WCGH (West Coast General Hospital) in Port Alberni, and a enjoying the benefits of a friendly rural hospital.
Altogether over the last 9 years of practicing as a midwife I have attended over 500 births. For me working with women during childbirth has felt like a calling — it’s where my heart lies. I truly support informed choice decisions. And, as a midwife, my goal is to help women feel empowered by their pregnancy and birth.
I love that midwifery care continues well into the postpartum period- to help mom’s get off to a great start with breastfeeding and newborn care.
Thank you for considering midwifery care.