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.
As a Registered Midwife in Ontario for more than 10 years, I have had the honour of attending over 550 births.
Over these years I have developed a passion for empowering families to take control of their health care, make informed decisions and own their birth experiences. I can’t wait to pass on to you the tools and skills I’ve learned throughout my own journey, as both midwife and mother. 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!
Why prenatal education instead of working as a Midwife?
On my own journey I have come to learn that a “textbook birth” from the provider’s perspective may very well be remembered by the family as having been very traumatic. Research, and experience, has shown me that it’s not about the kind of birth you had; whether you had a water birth with oils diffusing and romantic music or a scheduled Caesarean, but rather it is primarily about the care you receive at the time of birth and the degree to which your autonomy was honoured and celebrated.
Our Canadian healthcare system is still deeply steeped in paternalism, a remnant of birth being pushed from midwife-led home delivery to male physician-led hospital birth. This system encourages women to be “good patients” by donning a gown upon hospital admission and doing what the care provider says, lest you be considered “non-compliant”, which causes women and their families to have great difficulty speaking up for themselves and their babies.
I felt myself moving in a different direction than typical Ontario maternity care, and before Covid hit, my family and I strongly considered moving to the US so that I could work in a birth centre/homebirth environment. This decision was not based on the idea that I think that homebirth is best or the ideal way to have a baby, but I was simply burnt out from navigating the Ontario healthcare system as it stands.
This season has instead steered me into a more educational direction, although I maintain my registration and dabble in occasional locum work.
Why is prenatal education so important?
With good prenatal education, I truly believe that families can position themselves at the center of their care while also maintaining good provider/patient relationships.
Learning to be an advocate for yourself and your family during pregnancy and birth can become the norm while accessing healthcare for your entire family moving forward. The skills learned during this vulnerable season will not soon be forgotten, and you will learn to advocate for evidence-based healthcare as a knowledgeable, confident consumer.
My own birth stories
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, and I hope to be able to pass on these skills 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. I have called Chatham, Ontario home since 2010, where I live with my husband, son and daughter.