I am one of the 4 lucky Mount Royal University students who will be learning from the Aurora midwives until we graduate in April 2021. It’s a privilege to be allowed into the relationship between midwives and clients and it’s not taken for granted that as students, we are guests in your care.
I unknowingly worked my way towards midwifery as I grew from a psychiatric nurse to a non-profit public health consultant - from Canada to South America, Mexico, Africa, and back to Canada for school. I first thought about being a midwife during a work day in Nigeria while feeling like any contributions I was making to maternal and children’s health were academic but abstract. By the end of the day, I had decided I couldn’t think of anything better than helping bring babies safely into the world. And so a new adventure began here in Calgary.
School keeps me pretty busy and I don’t get to roam the world as much these days, but I can’t wait to get back at it, this time with a powerful new skill. I like to be outside whenever I can (even if it’s just to read in the sun) and it’s great to be so close to the mountains. I have a lot of nieces and nephews (you’ll never guess how many!) that I try to see as much as possible.
I’m looking forward to a busy year and getting to know the Aurora midwives and families. Thank you for allowing me to be present during this time of your lives.