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I have been working with Heather Wood since we studied together at McMaster University to become Registered Midwives in the late 1990s.
We founded Access Midwifery and Family Care together. Our plan was to establish a practice to respectfully serve all parents to be with excellent clinical care. That is what we continue to do. With my Master of Social Work, I have worked in community development, anti-violence work, and as faculty teaching in the Midwifery Program at the University of British Columbia.
I love my work. It is amazing to see such strength and determination of families growing every day!
I am a founding partner of Access Midwifery. Our clinic has expanded since 2006 to include many dynamic and energetic midwives and nurse practitioners. Our mission continues to be to serve all clients, with a focus on serving individuals and families whose lives are made more challenging by factors such as poverty, violence, substance use and dislocation.
I am a graduate of the Midwifery Program at McMaster University. I have learned so much from the people I work with, from my colleagues and from midwives I’ve worked with in Saskatchewan, Ontario and British Columbia. Being with families as they birth with strength and dignity makes this work tremendously rewarding.
Our three adult children were all born with the help of midwives.
It is a privilege to work with families at Access Midwifery and Family Care, here in my hometown of Victoria. It is also a pleasure to work with such skilled and committed colleagues on a daily basis. I am currently a partner in the Access Midwifery clinic.
I graduated from the University of British Columbia’s Midwifery Education Program in 2008. I have learned from and worked with midwives and other maternity care providers in the Lower Mainland, on Salt Spring Island, in Uganda, and here in Victoria. I continue to learn from the many families I have served over the past 10+ years as a Registered Midwife
My own children were born at home, into the caring and capable hands of our midwife. Having received the benefit of midwifery care myself, I strive to bring the knowledge, compassion, and advocacy of the profession to the clients we serve at Access Midwifery.
I received my Bachelor of Health Sciences in Midwifery Degree in 2005 from Laurentian University in Sudbury Ontario. My work has given me the opportunity to work with diverse families in South Eastern Ontario, the Fraser Valley and now Victoria where my family is eagerly growing roots.
I have become a mother to two sons, Sequoia and Wren. I look forward to working with my dedicated colleagues and inspiring families and look forward to being your care provider during one of the most transformational times in your life. It is truly an honour.
I am very grateful for the opportunity to join the team of midwives at Access Midwifery in January 2020. I completed my final clinical placement of the UBC Midwifery program here at Access, and am delighted to return. Before I start at Access, I will be working as a midwife in Parksville, BC and taking full advantage of all the outdoor activities on the Island. I was born and raised in Victoria, and am excited to return to serve families in my home community. When I’m not working I enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, biking and surfing.
My interest in healthcare began through travelling and volunteering in Nicaragua, South East Asia and Europe. These experiences revealed my passion for community based healthcare, and led me towards midwifery.
I have also had the privilege of working with Island Sexual Health Society and AIDS Vancouver Island. Both of these wonderful organizations ignited my interest in linking midwifery with social justice.
I am honoured and excited to be included in your pregnancy and birth, and am looking forward to joining the midwifery community. Thank you for sharing this amazing experience with me!
Hi! My name is Melanie. I am thrilled to be joining the team at Access as a registered midwife and to serve the families of this community.
I completed my midwifery education at the University of British Columbia. Throughout my educational journey I had the honour of serving several communities in BC including Victoria, Duncan, Kamloops and Abbotsford. I had the privilege to learn under wise midwives, obstetricians, nurses and other healthcare providers.
Prior to midwifery I completed a Bachelor of Arts with a major in psychology and minor in Indigenous studies. I look forward to incorporating the knowledge and skills that I have gained throughout my previous undergraduate and midwifery education to best serve the families at Access Midwifery.
As a Metis woman with a passion for client-centered care, I have a real interest in expanding midwifery services in Indigenous communities. Giving birth can be a powerful and life-changing experience for the birthing person, their family, and their community. I believe that the care and support provided by midwives is a significant step in ensuring the health and happiness of our society.
To the birthers and families who have chosen Access Midwifery for their pregnancy care, thank you! I am so honoured to be a part of your team.
I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology and linguistics from the University of Alberta, but my working background is in music, harm reduction advocacy, mental health work, and social justice-focused research. During my time working, curiosity led me to train as a doula. I immediately found that my experience providing compassionate, non-judgemental, harm-reduction-focused care for folks with concurrent mental health disorders and drug addiction, extended beautifully into birth work. The fierce strength I was seeing at every birth moved me to study midwifery, and I graduated from the UBC Midwifery program in 2020. I could not be more delighted to be returning to Victoria to join the amazing midwives at Access, who I had the honour of learning from in my third year of the midwifery program.
My son was born with the help of some incredible midwives, an experience that cemented my commitment to providing birthers with gentle and informed care during pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period.
In my spare time, I enjoy going on adventures with my family, swimming outside, banging on my drums, and reading a good book. I am really looking forward to meeting you soon!
Hi, my name is Claire and I will be working as a locum midwife here at Access Midwifery from March until June 2021.
I was born and raised here in Victoria on the traditional territories of the Lekwungen speaking peoples of the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ nations.
I recently returned home after living in New Zealand for 8 years.
I moved to New Zealand in 2011 after being accepted into the Bachelor of Midwifery degree program in Christchurch, a city located on the South Island. After completing my Degree in Midwifery I moved to Auckland, located on the North Island, where I began work as a self-employed midwife.
Caring for pregnant people in Canada and New Zealand is similar in many ways. As a midwife in New Zealand I had a caseload of clients whom I cared for from the time they found out they were pregnant and for the 6 weeks following their birth. Having that time to get to know my clients is one of my favourite parts of being a midwife. It is my belief that the journey to become a parent whether for the 1st time or 3rd time is both beautiful and challenging and it is an honour to walk alongside families during this incredible time.
When I’m not busy working as a midwife I enjoy spending time in the beautiful Canadian wilderness. Some of my favourite things to do on my time off are: kayaking, camping, hiking, riding my bike to work, enjoying good food with good friends, watching great movies and curling up with a good book.
I’m really looking forward to meeting you and working with you to navigate your pregnancy, labour, birth and the postpartum period in a way that works best for you and your family. I am so excited for the opportunity to work alongside the incredible team here at Access Midwifery.
Thank you for allowing me to share in your experience.
Hi, my name is Katie, and I am excited to be joining the team at Access Midwifery in March, 2021!
I will be both a member of Cedar team caring for pregnant and birthing families, and a Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) working at the clinic and in the community supporting families with infant feeding difficulties.
I graduated from UBC’s midwifery program in 2009. In 2013 I became an IBCLC and began working as a lactation consultant in addition to my work as a midwife. I have worked in Victoria as a midwife and IBCLC for the past 4 years, and have also practiced midwifery and lactation consulting in Vancouver, Comox Valley, and on Salt Spring Island. I love and am forever evolving in this work, and look forward to settling into this new long term position working with the team at Access. It is a great honour for me to care for, advocate for, and learn from diverse families as they grow.
On my off time I can be found parenting a delightful and wild 7 year old, growing vegetables in my garden, tending my little flock of backyard quail, bird watching, and visiting the beach.
I joined Access Midwifery in Fall 2020. I will be one of the first faces when you walk in the door and will help facilitate your journey at Access Midwifery. As a mom of three and grandmother to six, all of whom were delivered by the Midwives here at Access I am happy to be here as the administrator. As an experienced community doula, I have had the privilege of working with and educating families about their bodies and birth.
Access Midwifery has a great atmosphere and I love working with the Midwifery teams and all of you.
Sabrina Afroz Islam
4th Year Student | UBC Midwifery Program
Prior to midwifery, I completed a B.Sc. in Psychology at the University of Calgary. Feminism, faith, and my passion for social justice work led me to midwifery. I believe all people have a right to accessible, equitable, quality health care. Midwifery’s unique position in the health care system, and the principles of midwifery, puts that into practice. Through midwifery care, I envision being able to serve the diverse communities.
I am a Bangladeshi, born and raised in United Arab Emirates; who migrated to Calgary, Alberta with my family when I was 13. Midwifery school brought me to BC and now the island. After the birth of our son, my husband and I decided to move to Duncan. We have fallen in love with the island life and feel fortunate to have made Cowichan Valley our new home. Gardening, hiking, cooking, and raising a little one is how I like to spend my time on the island.
I am excited to join Access Midwifery Clinic for my next clinical placement. Thank you so much to Heather Nelson for this opportunity to learn from you and your families. Thank you to the families for allowing me to be a part of your pregnancy journey. It is with great pleasure and excitement that I look forward to joining you!