A personal message from
Founder of THRIVE
If you have come to THRIVE because your family is growing, congratulations on taking this step to owning your birth! If you have come as a doula or childbirth educator and want to put more tools in your toolbox, welcome and thank you for all your hard work. Regardless of what brings you to THRIVE, I promise you won’t regret the investment of your time and finances.
In August 2022, I resigned my license as a Registered Midwife in Ontario after more than 10 years, so that I could support freebirthing families as a Birth Coach.
Over these years I have developed a passion for supporting families who are in control of their health care, make informed decisions and own their birth experiences, whether it’s their ideal birth or not. I can’t wait to pass on to you the tools and skills I’ve learned throughout my own journey, as I went from midwife to mother to Birth Coach. You have no idea the joy it brings me when families stand up for themselves and their health! Thank you for opening your life to me and my passion project. See you soon!
My own birth stories
I am not the birth worker I was when my children were born, and a deep part of me aches to have a third chance to try at a physiologic birth, but I also know that my stories give depth and meaning to the work I do.
My son was born via Caesarean Section in 2016, following a two-day 36+5 weeks gestation induction for low amniotic fluid.
My daughter was born in 2019, after another 36+5 weeks gestation induction for the same reason. I fought for a VBAC against both midwifery and obstetric recommendations to have a repeat Caesarean after my first ordeal, and after a quick labour and vacuum delivery due to low fetal heart rate, I reached down and lifted my daughter onto my chest.
My determination and ability to advocate for myself served me well, but I see so many ways I could have perhaps changed my story, through nutritional healing, health awareness, and radical responsibility. Let me pass on these lessons to you.
Who am I?
I originally grew up in the Niagara region of Ontario, the oldest of six kids. In 2004 I left Dalhousie university after a brief foray in Neuroscience, and started looking into midwifery. In 2008 I completed my midwifery training in the Philippines through an American-run charity-birthing clinic and school, attending more than 200 births and performing over 800 prenatal exams. In 2010 I graduated from Ryerson’s ‘International Midwifery Pre-Registration Program’, which allowed me to practice midwifery in Ontario. In August 2022, I resigned my midwifery license to become a Birth Coach. I have called Chatham, Ontario home since 2010, where I live with my welder husband, son and daughter. We have an urban homestead, where I love learning practical skills, growing food and preserving it.