My path to midwifery started in 1998 when I entered a 3 year midwifery program in Berlin, Germany, at a high volume women’s hospital. After my training I worked as an employed midwife in two large, high-risk maternity wards in Berlin, with up to 3500 births a year. When not working in the hospitals, I did post partum support in women’s homes.
A few years later I followed my Canadian husband to BC where I completed the ‘PLEA’ registration process (bridging program for foreign trained midwives) and became registered in BC in 2007. For my first year I worked in Duncan with the Cowichan Midwifery Group, in a shared midwifery model of care, which I really enjoyed.
After that, my husband and I moved to Revelstoke where I opened Revelstoke’s first midwifery clinic in 2009, Mountain Midwifery Revelstoke. As a solo practitioner my relationship with ‘my families’ was very close and I throughly enjoyed seeing the babies grow up in the community. Almost every family returned for their next pregnancy, which is the best compliment a midwife can ask for.
Our two children, Nika and Oscar, were born during our time in Revelstoke.
After 8 years of working solo in a remote community our family needed a change and we moved to Vernon where I worked for three years in shared care arrangements as Kalamalka Midwives and Vernon Midwifery.
Since 2019 I am practicing solo again as Mountain Midwifery Vernon, with some amazing midwives in the community that are helping me get some rest and breaks as well as holidays.
One of my special interests and strengths is my breastfeeding support. As a new mother I struggled for the first month with breastfeeding, which made me aware of how hard it can be, and how alone a new mother can feel, without good, professional support. I have just started my training to become an IBCLC, international Board Certified Lactation Consultant.
To balance out my midwife life, I go kick boxing and love canoeing and skiing.
Our family is doing Taekwondo together and I play saxophone, if I find time.
I am also a volunteer with ‘The Safe Motherhood Project’. With a very small group of healthcare providers I travel to Guatemala annually to train traditional birth attendants (midwives with no formal training) in birthing skills, risk assessment and emergency skills, in rural areas. This is really an important part of my life as I had studied Spanish (and English) in Germany to become a teacher, before my life brought me to midwifery. It felt like the circle closed and it makes me so happy to help my colleagues in Guatemala!
In 1998 Midwifery was fully integrated into the BC Medical System. Since then pregnant women get to choose whether to receive care from a family doctor OR a registered midwife. No referral needed and with no additional cost as Midwifery is covered by your MSP/ BC Health Care Card.
As primary care providers to pregnant families in BC, your midwife can order any lab, screening and diagnostic tests - including blood work and ultrasounds. Midwives can also prescribe medications when necessary.
Midwives work collaboratively with other health care providers including your family doctor for issues not related to pregnancy and with other specialists such as obstetrician and podiatricians if you develop any complications.
BC Midwifery is an autonomous profession regulated for your safety by the College of Midwives of BC (CMBC).
Midwifery Care in BC is about choice. Women want the opportunity to be supported in experiencing the normal physiological process of birth under the guidance of someone they trust won’t interfere. They want protection of someone trained to recognize when intervention becomes necessary. At the heart of midwifery care is the respect and support provided to each client so that they may give birth safely, with power and dignity.
The research is clear - families who choose midwifery led care are less likely to have interventions and are more satisfied with their birth experiences.
At this time, BC has the highest number of births assisted by midwives across Canada.
On another ‘passionate’ note, I am a volunteer with ‘The Safe Motherhood Project’ and am travelling to Guatemala annually with a doctor and a nurse from Salmon Arm to teach rural, traditional birth attendants (midwives with no formal training).
Midwives recognize birth as a normal physiologic process with a profound impact on all aspects of a parent’s life. We know you are trusting us with one of the most important events of your life and therefore we provide a client-centred model of care assessing physical, social and emotional needs.
Midwives recognize their clients as the primary decision makers. We educate, support and advise providing evidence-based information to allow you to make informed choices about all aspects of your care - including tests, procedures and even choice of birth place.
Midwives recognize the importance of building relationship and continuity of care. Relationships are built through longer appointment times and only meeting a small number of midwives, who are committed to being present for you throughout your birthing year. In our community, as three midwives work solo, we rely on our colleagues to give us needed relief from being on call. However, all wishes and plans that our clients voice will be shared with the midwives that cover for us.
Midwives are directly available to their clients at all times to address urgent concerns.