I have had the wonderful privilege of being a registered midwife since I graduated from the Midwifery Education Program in May of 2013. Getting to that point was a bit of an adventure…
I grew up in a very tiny, remote community on the northern most tip of Newfoundland. With its population of just 78 people it truly might sound like the middle of nowhere, but to me it’s my home where I learned about nurse-midwives working at the local hospital, and home births by ‘grandmother’ midwives in the local communities. It’s where I developed my love for birth and supporting women.
Not totally knowing midwifery was still an option, and wanting to gain some life experience outside of growing up in my tiny town, I completed my first Bachelor of Science in 2009 in my other love of Applied Mathematics at Memorial University of Newfoundland. While I use little of my math degree now, the ongoing joke with my dad is that I use it to count babies!
In 2013 I graduated from Laurentian University with a Bachelor of Health Science in Midwifery. It was a lot of hard work with many hours of studying and clinical placements, but I was so honoured to be devoting my time to something that I care so deeply about. I love supporting women to make informed choices. I love supporting families as they add a new addition. I love spending the extra time getting to know my clients because that makes the experience all that much more special.