Program: Bachelor of Midwifery
Hometown: Victoria, B.C./ Halifax, Nova Scotia
What attracted you to your field of study or research?
The fact that my great, great grandmother was a midwife sure helped my attraction into the field of midwifery. I always knew some kind of care was in my blood and finding out I had a past family member who birthed babies reinforced the nagging feeling that I was either meant to have a lot of babies or deliver a lot of babies. I love how midwifery has grown to be both a holistic as well as skilled clinical practice, so this was a big draw for me as well.
What excites you about the upcoming year?
I’m very excited to build on the skills I’ve honed as a doula, to now include more clinical and obstetrical skills. I’m excited to expand my intelligence, which academics and education always does. I’m thrilled that I’ll be immersed in midwifery and to meet some of the pillars in the midwifery community that have given the program and the occupation its reputation.
What’s one thing we might be surprised to learn about you?
I’m actually an introvert – I’ve long been labelled an extrovert extremely against my will. I often step away from big social situations and knit, go running or simply be alone (as much as one can be as a single mother of a child that’s always inevitably around). I contribute to many events in the community, but also come home and switch off from everyone except birthing clients and family.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Doing the work of a midwife and outreach in my community. I’ll hopefully have expanded my family a bit and have strongly considered adopting a child after the program. I see myself either back in my home of four years, Vancouver Island, or maybe even my “real” home of Nova Scotia. I feel I’d have so much to bring back with me.
Best piece of advice: It was given to me some years ago, “Don’t push the river, all is coming.”
Last vacation destination: I’ve done a lot of work overseas, but actual vacation?…Ottawa for a family reunion in July and camping in Penticton with my daughter and friends before embarking on this journey.