My fascination with the miracles of pregnancy, childbirth and babies has been with me since early childhood. This early interest has since evolved into a passion for women’s health care and the desire to empower women by providing them with informed choice and evidence-based, personalized care during their childbearing experiences. The moment I discovered the profession of midwifery, I knew that it would be a perfect fit for me. I have worked with childbearing women for 20 years. I am continually inspired by my work and deeply honoured to be able to share in this special time with growing families. I have a Bachelor of Midwifery from the University of British Columbia, and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Queen’s University in Ontario. During my formal midwifery training I was fortunate to work with and learn from a variety of obstetric care providers in both Ontario and B.C., including midwives, obstetricians, perinatologists, maternity nurses and lactation consultants. I first attended births in 1997 while apprenticing with midwives at a waterbirth center in Guatemala City, Guatemala. I have worked internationally with midwives in a low-resource rural hospital in Togo, West Africa and at a community midwifery practice in Doesburg, Netherlands, where the majority of women chose to birth at home.
My greatest learning has come from giving birth to and raising my own children. I have two sons and a daughter, all of who were born with the help of midwives; they continue to be my best teachers and a constant source of joy and wonder. I am thrilled to be working in my own neighbourhood with Westside Midwives.
— Kate, B.A., B.M.W., R.M.
I have been a registered midwife since 2005, a graduate of the Midwifery Education Program in Ontario. My first job was in Toronto at a busy downtown practice with a strong commitment to continuity of care, homebirth, and teaching of new midwives. 2008 brought me to Vancouver for my partner’s job at UBC, and I have been practicing here ever since (first at Pacific Midwifery and then Westside Midwives starting in 2011).
I love teaching and hold the title of Clinical Instructor at UBC in addition to having taught prenatal classes and a home birth class for children. I’ve also done outreach teaching with under-serviced communities including young mothers and with participants of a local food bank.
All three of my daughters were born with the help of Westside Midwives: Naomi (caught by Camille at BC Women’s) Ida, and Margot (both caught by Kate at home).
— Alison BA, BHSc, RM
I am thrilled to be joining the Green Team at Westside Midwives. It is my honour and privilege to serve women and their families in my home community. My childhood dream of catching babies together with my
passion for women’s healthcare have led me to Midwifery.
My education includes a Bachelor of Midwifery from the University of British Columbia, and a Bachelor of
Commerce from the University of Victoria. Prior to training as a Midwife, I worked as a Midwifery Clinic
Administrator, Childbirth Educator and Birth & Postpartum Doula. In addition to running a private Doula practice, I provided Doula services for young mothers through SMILE and women with addictions through the Fir Square Program at BC Women’s Hospital. During my four years of Midwifery training I was privileged to work with and learn from Midwives, Family Doctors, Maternity Nurses and Obstetricians in the Comox Valley and Vancouver. I was also very fortunate to spend my last year of school at Westside and I am thrilled to be
returning as a Registered Midwife.
When I’m not immersed in the exciting world of baby catching, I enjoy travelling, spending time with my partner and cat as well as cooking for family and friends. I look forward to accompanying you and your family on the journey of pregnancy, birth and early parenting!
— Jade BCom, BMW
Camille Bush – Retired March 2017
Apprenticeship, formal direct-entry midwifery education in the USA and a Canadian nursing degree have all contributed to my midwifery background. Over the years I have had occasion to assist families giving birth in California and Illinois in the USA; Holland and Germany in Europe; and as well a variety of settings in BC. I’ve provided midwifery care in rural group practice in the Kootenays, in urban partnership in Vancouver and in community based programs working with pregnant adolescents. In life, my greatest lessons about birth have come from the families I’ve assisted, my three children, and the wisdom of my Appalachian midwife grandmother who helped the neighbour ladies. Currently and prior to the beginning of regulated midwifery in 1998 I’ve been a part of the Midwifery Practice at BC Women’s located in the Women’s Health Centre. To me the connection between midwifery and women’s health is a natural one. I have been committed to both since the beginning of my apprenticeship in 1974. Just recently I found myself extending a mutual congratulations to the mother of the first baby I ever caught on our 30th anniversary on March 9th.
— Camille, R.M.