UBC Student Bio: Eleanor Rushton

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.