About Paula

I am excited to be returning to Vancouver and to my roots as a doula! I’m a Registered Midwife who will be taking a break from active practice in late Spring 2018 and preparing for a Master’s in Clinical Counselling, while continuing to work closely with families. I am delighted to be partnering with Jill to provide antenatal, birth and postpartum doula support.

I developed an interest in doula and midwifery work in my early twenties and began formal training in 2004 with Douglas College’s Birth & Postpartum Doula Courses. I began attending births and supporting families with newborn care, breast & bottle feeding and adjusting to early parenting in 2005.  I continued this work while finishing a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies in 2010, and then going on to complete a Bachelor of Midwifery in 2015, both at UBC.  Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to pair my love of travel with my passion for birth, volunteering at hospitals, clinics & birth centres in the Philippines, Uganda and South Africa.  For the last couple of years, I’ve been practicing midwifery on Vancouver Island, in the Sooke and Greater Victoria areas.

I have always been passionate about supporting choice in maternity care and I approach my work with a keen interest in learning what is meaningful and important to each client in order to provide the best care possible.  I bring a commitment to providing support that allows each client and their family to be present with the process as it unfolds – and to feel empowered, safe and heard, regardless of birthplace or personal context. It is an honour to work closely with families during such a transformative and meaningful time in their lives.

 

Qualifications

Bachelor of Midwifery – Faculty of Medicine, UBC 2015

Bachelor of Arts – Women’s Studies, UBC 2010

Douglas College Perinatal Program:

–      DONA Birth Doula Training – 2004

–      DONA Postpartum Doula Training – 2004

–      40hr Breastfeeding Course for Health Care Providers – 2009

–      Annual Breastfeeding Education Day – 2009, 2010

Fir Square Inter-professional Doula Program – 2010 – 2011

Neonatal Resuscitation Program – annually since 2012

CPR for Healthcare Providers – biennially since 2012

Seven Generations Cultural Safety Training – 2016

Indigenous Cultural Competency Training – 2015

Supporting Normalcy in Childbirth Workshop with Penny Simkin – 2009