We Support the Education of Future Midwives & Health Care Providers

Westside Midwives is pleased to be a teaching practice affiliated with the University of British Columbia. We host students from midwifery, medical and nursing programs. We enjoy our roles as preceptors and value the addition of students to our practice so that there will be doctors and nurses who appreciate and understand the role of midwives in the medical system as well as midwives who will be well trained and gain the experience necessary to make them skilled care providers. We hope that you will be happy to be a part of their learning experience. However, if at any time you feel that you need a private visit with us, please feel free to let us know.

The following Internationally-trained midwife is working with our practice for the summer of 2017 while she completes the Bridging Program at UBC:

Blue Team – Alice Boglione

My name is Alice Boglione, and I come from Italy. I am currently enrolled in the Internationally Educated Midwives Bridging Program at UBC, a program that supports midwives educated in other countries in their transition to practicing midwifery in BC.

I obtained my Bachelor of Midwifery from the University of Torino (Italy), and then I worked for three years in a public hospital near Torino. During my practice, I had the privilege of supporting many women and their families during labour and birth, and I did my best to ensure that each of them received the most personalized care I could offer. At the same time, I also provided antenatal care with my team of hospital midwives, and I conducted prenatal classes and prenatal relaxation activities in swimming pools.

I am thrilled to start practicing with such a rewarding model of care that offers continuity of care during pregnancy, birth and postpartum. This is something that I felt was lacking in my hospital practice in Italy, where very often I took care of women that I met for the first time in labour. Thank you for letting me participate in this special event of your life, I am looking forward to meeting you all!

In my spare time, I enjoy baking, cooking (mainly Italian food – but I also like experimenting with recipes from all over the world!), jogging and hiking around Vancouver, and photography.


Westside Midwives is pleased to be joined by two senior-level UBC midwifery students from September 2017-April 2018:

Blue Team – Gillian Prouse

I am delighted to be here at Westside in my final year of placement. I am originally from the Ottawa Valley in Ontario, and am now happily living on the west coast.

I attended my first births as a youth volunteer in a rural hospital in Ghana, West Africa, and have worked towards becoming a midwife ever since. I worked in mental health and addictions in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver. When I’m off call, I can be found in nature. I enjoy camping, learning about plants and making my own herbal medicines with help from my mom who is a traditional herbalist.

I am grateful to our community members for graciously allowing me to be involved in your care. Thank you for being my teachers, it is an honour to learn from you all.

Green Team – Eleanor Rushton

I am thrilled to be at Westside Midwives for my final year of clinical placement and feel so fortunate to have the opportunity to learn from Kate, Alison and Jade as preceptors. As a local Vancouverite, I am happy to be at a midwifery practice in my home community. To all the families who I will interact with over the coming months, I am grateful and humbled to be part of your pregnancy and birth experience. Thank you! I look forward to getting to know you all in the coming year.

I recently completed my third year of midwifery training at UBC. I have been fortunate to complete midwifery practicums in Vancouver, in rural communities on Vancouver Island, and inter-professional placements around the Lower Mainland. Before the midwifery program, I completed a Master of Public Health at SFU in 2013, with a focus in global health, women’s health and access to health care, and I have worked for many years in research improving universal access to contraception and reproductive health care in Canada. Certain transformative learning experiences helped me discover my path to midwifery. When my aunt and uncle had their children I personally experienced the impact midwives have on families as a promoter of positive pregnancy and birth experiences. I also learned how culture and lived experience impacts the needs and wants of clients, and how that must be incorporated into care. These experiences have led me to be passionate about supporting vulnerable persons and improving equitable access to midwifery care and health care in general.

When I’m not studying, I spend time with my family and friends, enjoy hiking, practicing and teaching yoga, live music, and traveling locally and internationally whenever I can.