Gillian Allan, RM, BFA, BMw

    The beginning of my journey to become a midwife started when I was a young child. The eldest of four children, my earliest memories are watching my mother breastfeed and care for my siblings. A Lamaze breathing advocate, my mother told me that labour was hard work but she did not experience it as pain. My mother planted the idea in me that women can labour naturally and deserve the opportunity to do so. At sixteen, I felt called to become a midwife. After some reflection, I decided women would want someone with more life experience.

    Ten years later, I had a degree in Creative Writing and was working as a freelance writer and kayak guide. Considering a change, I trained as a birth doula and began to attend births. I experienced so much joy supporting women. Thanks to encouragement from my husband and my stepdaughter, I knew it was time to follow my midwifery dream.

    In 2010, I received a Bachelor of Midwifery from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. Then in 2011 and 2015, I gave birth to my sons. They were both born premature and have taught me so much as both a midwife and a mom.

    My goal as a midwife is that the families I care for feel that they are the centre of this experience, respected, empowered and fully involved.

    I look forward to being a part of your journey.