We work as a team of four midwives. 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.
Veronika is always on the move. Whether it’s running, hiking, skiing, or marching in pretend parades with her two year old, she’s our resident hummingbird!
On most of her days off you can find Jess making something textile related. When you meet her, she’ll probably be wearing a shirt or pair of pants she made herself!
You could say my career as a midwife started when I was 8 years old, begging my grandparents to let me help with the delivery of newborn calves at the farm.
Registered Midwife | International Board Certified Lactation Consultant
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.
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.
In addition to co-owning Modern Midwifery with Veronika, I also work at Maxxine Wright Community Health Centre, providing midwifery care to people who are impacted by substance use and/or violence. 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.
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.
I was born and raised in Sudbury, Ontario where I was able to complete my midwifery degree in the French stream at Laurentian University. I grew up on a farm surrounded by a large and ever-growing family and I remember always being intrigued by the process of pregnancy and birth. You could even say my career as a midwife started when I was 8 years old, begging my grandparents to let me help with the delivery of newborn calves at the farm. But I didn't realize how truly passionate I was until I started my education as a midwifery student. This was the point where I learned that being able to support families and welcome new life into the world is such an incredibly special and humbling experience that I will be forever grateful to be a part of as a midwife.
Since graduating in 2018, I've worked at various practices and hospitals across Ontario, including Canada's first Alongside Midwifery Unit. I also had the opportunity to work with Indigenous families in the remote community of Puvirnituq, Nunavik. Despite these adventures, I always found myself dreaming of the West coast and in 2020 I took the leap and moved to Whistler to enjoy life in the mountains. Now I find myself excited to start a new chapter at Modern Midwifery.
During my free time, I love exploring new cafés for the best cup of coffee (I'm open to suggestions!), skiing, reading, and hiking. I really look forward to meeting you and having the privilege of supporting you throughout this very special time in your life!
"My favourite part was how I felt that I was in control and in charge of making the decisions regarding my pregnancy and baby. The midwives are very knowledgeable and respectful of the choices you make for your birth and do not pressure you to do anything you don’t agree with."
"My favourite part about Modern Midwifery is I didn’t feel rushed in any of my appointments. I felt like they cared about me as a person not just as a patient. They seemed to really care for my family’s wellbeing and took the time to get to know us."
Second Year Midwifery Student - With us until April 2021
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.
Fourth Year Midwifery Student - With us until March 2021
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.
"The approach. The convenience of the midwives coming home after birth. The help I received with breastfeeding. I felt comfortable and didn't feel like I was being judged for anything I said or felt. I will be sending all my pregnant friends and family members your way."
"Postpartum care was exceptional. I appreciate how the midwives were not afraid to refer to other professionals as needed to ensure that I felt comfortable with their ability and scope of practice wherein they were unable to answer questions and assess/treat accordingly."
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