I studied to become a midwife at Ryerson University in Toronto and graduated in 1998. I have practiced midwifery since then – my first 3 years in Toronto and the remainder in North Bay. I was raised, and lived for many years in southern Ontario, (Oshawa, the Kawarthas and then Toronto) in both urban and rural settings. I have spent much time in Temagami, Ontario, and was drawn to living in the North. Hence my move to North Bay in 2001. Throughout my life I have been in touch with Indigenous culture and this includes spending time with some of the Indigenous families of Bear Island in Temagami, practicing midwifery in Attawapiskat during Locums, and working with a Native housing agency in Toronto. This experience rooted my passion to educate myself, and continuously work on accepting feedback in order to be a friend and ally.
As a younger person, I always enjoyed travelling and learning languages, and this included living and studying in Quebec. I also lived in South America for over a year, specifically in Colombia and Peru, and can speak French, Spanish and some Dutch. As a midwifery student, I did a placement in the Netherlands in the community where my father was born and raised. As a working midwife, I have had the opportunity to work with Spanish speaking midwives in Toronto’s Hispanic community. Also, as mentioned earlier, in the last few years I have worked as a Locum midwife with the Cree of the James Bay Coast in Attawapiskat. Working elsewhere can teach us so much about ourselves and enhance our skills. I believe it helps us see ourselves better to ask us why we do the things the way we do. I am humbled by how much we can continue to learn as our pregnant clients and their babies teach us new things every day.
I am grateful to my supportive partner and teen son……who endure my many absences from home. Together we enjoy being active outdoors – biking, running, skiing, paddling.
Being a midwife can be challenging, but more so, it is such a privilege and a joy. We get to share in a life transforming experience with a range of diverse families. My days are never dull; quite the opposite actually…. I get to learn about life, love, families, health, birth, babies, breast feeding, social strife, pain and all the complexities in between.
I joined K’Tigaaning Midwives in April 2015 and am excited about all of the practices future endeavors.