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! A few years after working at Aurora, I took a year leave to travel South East Asia and also to work in Vancouver in another amazing practice. I moved back to Calgary at the end of that year and met the love of my life that same day. We eloped on a beach in 2016 and have since had two healthy beautiful daughters who are the meaning of life.
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 most empowering and fulfilling birth experience possible but I also continue to take part in other activities that make me smile. I am really into kickboxing and running and I love taking advantage of the pathways and beautiful scenery here. I also enjoy riding my motorcycle, snowboarding, swimming, and catching a live reggae show or snuggling with my dog on the couch to watch an embarrassing reality tv program (after Paw Patrol of course). Disclaimer: The reggae show part was obviously written before kids and COVID. And the reality tv part was written when I wasn’t falling asleep immediately after we put our kids to bed.
I am so lucky I get 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.