Emily Rackham

    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.