Meet the Midwives

About Anne-Marie Brash, RM

Anne-Marie Brash I have had quite a journey to get to where I am today, and that is not only considering the fact that I have just moved to Calgary from Scotland! My career since leaving school many moons ago has taken a few different paths. I was originally a Home Economist and worked in food retailing and in health settings for 14 years. Most recently I worked with young families and other health professionals giving food and nutrition advice, concentrating mainly on breastfeeding and weaning in order to develop healthy eating habits and to improve long-term health outcomes.

I really only considered Midwifery after the birth of my second child. The experience I had through my pregnancy was amazing, and I enjoyed a relationship with my midwife, who worked hard to give the care I needed and to make the pregnancy unique to myself and my husband. I was very fortunate to have the same midwife for my next two pregnancies, and when I approached her and asked for a home birth (which is quite unusual in Scotland) I was thrilled when she agreed. The same midwife was on call the night I went into labor, and I went on to deliver my son at home with someone I trusted and who I considered to be a friend present.

In being a midwife, I want to give other women the same experience that I had. It is such a fulfilling job…but then I don’t really see it as a job. To me it is a privilege to be involved and I look forward to the opportunity to build a trusting relationship with a family and to be a part of one of the most important life changing events that they will go through. I am really excited about working with the other midwives from Aurora Midwifery and meeting and making friends with the families that want to make choices during their pregnancy.

 

About Sara Grundle, RM Sara Grundle

My path to midwifery began in 2003 when my nephew was born. My sister had hired a doula for his birth. I was extremely intrigued by the doula's role, and thus began the process of becoming one. Upon attending my first couple of births, I knew that my calling was to become a midwife. While applying to college to complete prerequisites for midwifery school, I attended births with my doula practice as well as volunteered for an at-risk youth program.

Before graduating from Bastyr University, I attended births in Vancouver, Seattle, Eastern Washington, and Vanuatu (a chain of islands in the South Pacific). My experience delivering babies in Vanuatu was monumental and I will forever cherish the wonderful women and babies that I worked with there. It was instrumental in my gaining perspective on how different and valuable healthcare practices are around the world.

After graduating, I moved back to my hometown of Vancouver, BC to visit family for a little while. In 2010, I decided to move to Calgary after being offered a position in this amazing practice! I love this city and this group of midwives so much and I feel so blessed to be in such a supportive environment. Since moving here I have, not only, been pursuing my dream of helping women and babies have the best birth experience possible but I also continue to take part in other activities that make me smile. I am a runner and I love taking advantage of the pathways and beautiful scenery here. I also enjoy snowboarding, swimming, biking and catching a live reggae show or reality tv program.

I am thrilled to work with the wonderful women of Calgary and I can't wait to get to be a part of what I hope will be one of the best days of your lives.