Meet the Midwives

About Kimberley Schmidt RM

Kimberley SchmidtIt has been my pleasure to be involved with families and childbirth since 1990. I began my career as a registered nurse. My nursing experience has encompassed most of the perinatal areas but primarily labour & birth. I found great satisfaction in providing childbirth education, support (as a doula and monitrice) as well as postpartum guidance to hundreds of families. I have been involved in teaching aspiring midwives, doulas and nurses.

In June 2005 I completed a certificate in Midwifery through Seattle Midwifery School. Since then I have been in practice in Calgary and have served on the executive of the Alberta Association of Midwives. This long and special journey has offered me a unique perspective and I value the many experiences and lessons I have learned along the way.

On a personal note, I have been blessed with an incredibly supportive husband and four amazing children who have taught me so much about myself and life. I am grateful for their love and patience. In peaceful moments, I enjoy gardening and a variety of other creative endeavours.

My beliefs about maternity care are rooted in the knowledge that pregnancy and birth are healthy and normal events in a woman's life. As a midwife my goal is to help women experience birth's transforming power with respect and dignity; in safety, support and confidence. The opportunity for couples to start their parenting experience off in a positive and empowered manner can strengthen their relationship with each other and with their child. Childbirth is seldom described as easy; however, there are powerful lessons in birth if we are open to receiving them. I hope to share a little of this magic with women as they journey towards parenthood whether for the first time or the tenth.

About Ali Reimer, RM

Ali Reimer After a long and interesting journey, I am elated to be a registered midwife! While completing my psychology degree, a passion and awe for the life-changing experience of birth pulled me towards midwifery Before starting my midwifery degree in New Zealand, I worked as a birth and postpartum doula as well as a breastfeeding educator. I graduated from the Midwives College of Utah and my education was further enriched through my practicum with wonderful midwives in Calgary. Trained and inspired by their example of listening and respecting, I am moved to empower women to find and make the choices that are best suited for them and their families.;

The water birth of my daughter in 2008 is without a doubt one of the most potent learning experiences. Enduring this physically challenging experience, I was shocked by the powerful driving force of labour and the instinctive ability of my body to reach beyond the pictures and text of theory.   The instant that my husband placed her on my chest, endurance was replaced with euphoria and wonder at the miracle of birth. Having supportive midwives by my side reaffirmed my commitment to provide holistic, compassionate, family-centered care to support the transformation to motherhood and the birth of a family.

Working in partnership with women and their families through their unique, sacred experience is a joy and an honour. I am excited to be joining the skilled midwives at Aurora Midwifery and look forward to sharing in your journey.

Caroline Rocliffe, RM

Caroline Rocliffe, RMMidwifery had always been a little glint in the back of my mind but my journey really began after the birth of my 3rd child in 2007. The care and attention that I received, from what can only be described as an angel midwife during this time, reignited my passion for caring for women and their families during such a momentous time in their lives. I began to research the role of a doula about 6 months later and was privileged to support many women. Through my role as a Doula, I soon realized that I wanted more, I knew that I must pursue a career as a midwife. Direct entry midwifery had recently become a reality in Ireland and so I applied, and after interviews and assessments I was very fortunate to be accepted.

I studied in Trinity College, Dublin and graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Midwifery. I then began working in the labor and delivery ward of a large maternity hospital that delivers over 9000 babies per year. I gained valuable experience in this time and loved the relationship that was formed with the women and their families during such a special time. Maternity care in Ireland is quite different to here in Canada, while there are thousands of midwives, the vast majority work in hospitals and are only able to provide fragmented care. I knew very early on in my midwifery training that I wanted more than that, I wanted to be able to care for women throughout pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period.

My family and I recently relocated to Calgary and I have been blessed to have been welcomed into a wonderful, supportive practice with such an amazing group of midwives. I am very much looking forward to providing evidence based care, utilizing informed decision making, in partnership with women throughout pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period.