When I was twelve years old and going through healthcare magazines, I discovered my passion for helping women at various stages of their life. I created a scrapbook page which included snip-its of nursing and obstetrics content, so I could reflect on my dream often. At the time, I did not know the name for the type of practitioner I wanted to become… a midwife! So, I completed my Bachelor of Science (Health Science, 2013) at Mount Royal University and applied to various medical schools. Since discovering the midwifery model of care in 2015, I feel that empowering women and walking with them during the transformative experience of pregnancy and childbirth is exactly what my twelve-year-old self had dreamed of. I am blessed to return to Mount Royal University to complete my Bachelor of Midwifery.
The past 3 years of my life have been filled with loss and joy. The experiences remind me to remain grounded to self and connected to my village. As an independent parent to my 3-year-old daughter, Ophelia, I have incredible support from my close friends and family, so I can navigate coursework, clinical placements, and volunteer responsibilities. Ophelia is my inspiration and bringing her into this world was both empowering and transformative. I learned that I am stronger and more resilient than I imagined.
I feel both excited and humbled to walk with people and their families as they bring life into this world. These are sacred and precious moments and I thank you for granting me the opportunity to learn and be transformed in the process.