Joining our team in clinic and on call July 2020
My name is Emily Rackham and I am currently finishing my final year of the UBC Midwifery Program. I couldn’t be more excited to be joining Lisa, Jennie, Gillian and Maxine at Semiahmoo Midwives. I am also extremely thankful to the families for sharing the gift of your pregnancy and birth experiences with me. It is an honour and a privilege to be involved in your maternity care, and I look forward to meeting you soon!
I have always had a deep interest in pregnancy and birth, as well as reproductive rights and social justice. I was in university with the intention of becoming a teacher when a family friend chose midwifery care for her first pregnancy. She told me about her amazing experiences with them, and I had to learn more. The more I read about the compassionate, engaging, women-centered care that midwives provide, the more inspired I became. I began training as a birth doula shortly thereafter in order to explore birth work further. Over the years I have had the tremendous honour and joy of supporting women and families bring their babies into the world, initially as a doula, where I worked with The Youth Pregnancy and Parenting Program, Healthiest Babies Possible and Sheway in Surrey and Vancouver. It was through these experiences that I witnessed the transformative power of birth, and the intense strength of the birthing person, which led me to UBC’s Midwifery Education Program. I love having the opportunity to combine my interests in art and science in the medium of evidence based, informed and empowering care, in my home community of South Surrey and previously, Vancouver, the east Kootenays and Uganda.
When I am off call I enjoy creating art (much of which is inspired by birth), and exploring our West Coast forests and mountains with my friends and family.