Growing up in Toronto and Ottawa, Ontario, as the second of three children, I spent much of my childhood annoying my siblings with my dedicated practice of the trumpet. This practice led me to a career as a musician, obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance from the University of Toronto, and an Artist’s Diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music. In fact, it is music that first led me to the West Coast. I trained with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada in Victoria, BC, one summer, before a cross-Canada tour commencing up and down the British Columbia Coast line. I fell in love with the mountains and vowed I would move here one day!
Many years later, I was pregnant with my first son and was weighing options for care. I was lucky to have a friend working as an administrator at a Midwifery practice. She offered to find space for me in their care, and I am so happy she did! The experience of pregnancy is unique to every individual and is one that we remember for a lifetime. My midwives honoured my journey and empowered me in my new role as a parent.
Midwifery care influenced my life so much that I became a doula to help others on their journeys. After having two more kids, born in the hands of midwives at home, I applied to Midwifery school at Ryerson University in Toronto. Five years later, I completed the Midwifery Education Program, with the hopes of working as a midwife in British Columbia.
I look forward to meeting you and to honouring your journey.
Stephanie (She, her)