I am thrilled to be joining Midwifery Services of Haliburton-Bancroft and honoured to have the chance to meet women, babies and families of this community.
Midwifery was in my mind and heart before I knew it. While I was growing up, my mother was a doula and a La Leche League leader, which I believe sparked my interest in individualized, one-on-one woman centered care at an early age. Before completing my midwifery training, I finished a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences and a master’s in human nutrition at the University of Guelph. During and between these years, I worked as a lab coordinator and field technician for the University of Guelph/Ontario Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Rural affairs, as a research assistant, and as teaching assistant in the field of applied nutrition. I realized that my awe of pregnancy and birth was something that I wanted to build into my life and career, and I applied to the Midwifery Education Program at McMaster University. I had clinical placements in Guelph, Kitchener, Barrie and Tanzania. I feel privileged to have spent the first years of my career working in the city of Hamilton. The busy community gave me the opportunity to consolidate my skills, work with a very diverse population and be involved in teaching with the Midwifery Education Program. I love breastfeeding support and am currently working towards becoming certified as a lactation consultant.
My partner and I grew up in rural Ontario and after more than a decade of schooling and “city life”, we feel incredibly fortunate to be living our dream, and making a home in this beautiful community. Just before moving to Haliburton, we had the great privilege of welcoming our first baby to the world. He was “caught” by midwives in our Hamilton home and it was fantastic to be on the “other side” of midwifery care.