The Team

We work as a team of four. Throughout your pregnancy, we make sure you meet and get to know all of us.

We are a teaching practice, and we take students to contribute to midwifery education. We are all university educated midwives, and our training involved many hours of learning from skilled midwives and the gracious support of families that accepted us into their pregnancy care. 

The first person you speak to when you book into care, our office manager is our secret weapon filled with kindness!

Andie Durnie
 

Jessica Knowles

I grew up with the tradition of hearing my birth story every year on my birthday: about how my mother’s long hair got soaked in the shower and covered her like a cloak, and about how I was almost born on the toilet. I heard about the jokes my Dad told to make my Mom laugh, and about the glass of wine after. I come from a long line of nurses; no-nonsense women who know how to get stuff done and have seen it all. Growing up hearing their stories, I became fascinated by the magic and power of the human body. I love supporting families through births and through the postpartum time. I love seeing people grow into parents.

 

With this in mind, I started my midwifery education at the University of British Columbia in 2015. I am also the recipient of a BFA from the University of Victoria. I was previously employed at Haven Midwifery.  In my past lives, I have been a documentary filmmaker, knitwear designer, postpartum doula and sex educator. I am so incredibly thankful to be a part of your journey.

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Jessica Knowles, RM

I grew up with the tradition of hearing my birth story every year on my birthday: about how my mother’s long hair got soaked in the shower and covered her like a cloak, and about how I was almost born on the toilet. I heard about the jokes my Dad told to make my Mom laugh, and about the glass of wine after. I come from a long line of nurses; no-nonsense women who know how to get stuff done and have seen it all. Growing up hearing their stories, I became fascinated by the magic and power of the human body. I love supporting families through births and through the postpartum time. I love seeing people grow into parents.

 

With this in mind, I started my midwifery education at the University of British Columbia in 2015. I am also the recipient of a BFA from the University of Victoria. I was previously employed at Haven Midwifery.  In my past lives, I have been a documentary filmmaker, knitwear designer, postpartum doula and sex educator. I am so incredibly thankful to be a part of your journey.

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Johanna Lee, RM

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I grew up in a small town in Oregon visiting the ocean, running through the forests, and riding my horse. I was raised with a reverence for birth and a no-nonsense attitude towards the human body. I earned a bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies. During my first degree, I discovered the intersection of human and ecological health which eventually blended with my upbringing to harbour a deep love of reproductive health.

 

Midwifery found me after I immigrated to Canada from the United States in 2012. I spent a year acting as a doula in order to determine if the reality of attending births sparked as much joy as the theory, and it did. I couldn't wait to get my hands on the clinical aspects of caring for birthing families and so I pursued my midwifery degree at the University of British Columbia in 2016. Midwifery allows me to integrate my love of art, science, hands-on skills and relationship building.

 

I am passionate about family and person centred care that empowers birthing people to make informed decisions in a supportive environment. I believe deeply in informed choice and strive to help my clients feel empowered and cared for.

 

When not working as a midwife you can find me hiking in the forests, cuddling my four pets (2 cats, 2 dogs), playing my guitar or enjoying a newfound love of tapestry weaving.

 

Jordan Guignard, RM

I was first introduced to midwifery as a teenager. My friend’s mother held my attention for hours telling tales of the birthing women she attended. I recognized then that midwifery was in my future.

 

Several years later, I welcomed two boys into the world with the thoughtful guidance of midwives. The care I received during my pregnancies fuelled my passion for women’s health and affirmed my desire to be a midwife.  Before I pursued midwifery, I worked as a doula, breastfeeding counsellor, pregnancy outreach worker and a Childbirth Educator.

 

Once my boys were a little more grown, I obtained my midwifery degree at the University of British Columbia.  I have had the pleasure of working rurally on Vancouver Island, Salt Spring Island, Uganda and in larger centres like Victoria, Abbotsford and now Surrey, first with Haven Midwifery and now with Modern Midwifery.

 

For me, midwifery is the perfect blend of art, science and advocacy. I look forward to supporting you and your family on your journey to parenthood.

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Veronika Schubert, RM, IBCLC

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I was born in the Ukraine and grew up in Toronto. I became interested in midwifery while taking an elective reproductive physiology course during my first degree, a Bachelor of Arts in Behavioural Neuroscience from McMaster University. This sparked my ever-evolving passion for neonatal/obstetric research, reproductive rights, infant development and birth. After earning my degree, I applied and was accepted to the Midwifery Education Programme at McMaster University. I had the opportunity to participate in research surrounding home birth and later about inflammatory markers in preterm infants. While completing my Midwifery degree I focused my elective placements around breastfeeding clinics, family medicine, anesthesia and surgery.

 

In 2014, I graduated with a Bachelor of Health Sciences in Midwifery and worked as a Midwife at Midwives of York Region in Ontario, where I started acting as a clinical preceptor to students and was part of the York Region Breastfeeding Coalition. In August 2019, while finishing my parental leave my family moved to British Columbia and I joined Haven Midwifery. After my brief stay at Haven I decided to take on the rewarding challenge of starting a collaborative team practice which is now Modern Midwifery. 

 

When I’m not ‘midwifing’ I enjoy running, hiking, skiing, yoga, meditation, writing poetry and theatre. I have been a dedicated full and half marathon runner for over 10 years and this has helped me connect deeply with human anatomy and physiology and I bring that knowledge into the world of birthing. 

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Meghan Radebe - 4th year student

I am excited to be spending my final year of midwifery school learning from the midwives at Modern Midwifery, as well as the families that they serve. To those families: Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this significant time in your lives. 


I was born and raised in South Africa and lived in many parts of the country, including Johannesburg where I met my wonderful husband. We moved to Canada in 2006 to pursue our tertiary education. I was drawn to midwifery as a career after my own positive experiences birthing two babies with an extraordinary midwife in New Westminster. This, coupled with the stories of other women in my circle of friends, set my feet firmly on the path to becoming a midwife. 


I began working with childbearing families as a doula in 2014 and later as a prenatal yoga instructor. During my education at UBC I have learned from midwives and families in Richmond, Surrey, New Westminster, and the Tri-Cities. These experiences have given me a fuller appreciation for the midwifery model of care and all that it has to offer families during one of the most transformative periods of their lives. What resonates with me most about the midwifery model of care is that it offers time and space to truly hear people’s stories and to share knowledge in a way that empowers people to make informed decisions about their bodies and their birth experiences.

For me, practising the art and science of midwifery is about humility, accompaniment, and empowerment. I strive to extend this learning to all areas of my life and to be of service in whatever community I find myself. I am grateful to have the opportunity to learn from and be a part of your community this year.

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Katrina Blommaert - 2nd Year Student

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I am honoured and excited to be joining Modern Midwifery for my second year of midwifery school. I come with a lot of gratitude to the midwives and to the families I will learn from: thank you for welcoming me, and I look forward to meeting you. 

I grew up in Edmonton, Alberta, surrounded by stories of birth, as my Mom was a Nurse in Labor and Delivery. I went on to study Biology in my undergraduate degree, and later completed a Masters in Public Health, where I focused on the importance of access and autonomy in health care. Before pursuing midwifery, I have worked as a youth worker and family advocate. I have also worked in research, exploring the science of meditation, and most recently in clinical trials investigating psychedelic- assisted psychotherapy for trauma. 

 

A thread I have followed through my life and work is my passion for holding space, with care and support. It is this that humbly led me to the practice of midwifery. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this special time in your life. 

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Modern Midwifery

#123 - 6345 120 St

Delta, BC V4E 2A6​​

(inside Arc Integrative Medicine)

Tel:  (604) 537-4210
Fax: (604) 398-8379​
info@modernmidwifery.ca

Clinic Hours:

Monday - Thursday 9am-5pm

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Modern Midwifery

#123 - 6345 120 St

Delta, BC V4E 2A6​​

(inside Arc Integrative Medicine)

Tel:  (604) 537-4210
Fax: (604) 398-8379​
info@modernmidwife.ca

Clinic Hours:

Monday - Thursday 9am-5pm

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