JILLIAN SIMON

Registered Midwife + IBCLC

I decided to become a registered midwife after I experienced midwifery care as a mother. I was amazed at how my midwives supported and empowered me in my journey to motherhood. I feel that every pregnant person deserves the opportunity to make informed choices about their pregnancy and birth. 

 

I studied midwifery in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC. I have been working in the Richmond and Delta areas since I graduated. In 2015 I completed board certification for Lactation Consultation with IBLCE and also completed specialized certification to be the surgical assist at cesarean sections.

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Breast/chestfeeding support is one of my areas of interest and experience. I enjoy helping new families as they navigate the exciting and sometimes challenging early days with a new baby and recognize the importance of postnatal support for breastfeeding to be successful.   

I’ve been living and raising my family in Richmond since 2003. I’m so pleased to be working with families in my own community. 

Coffee or tea?

Tea. Earl Grey, black.

Favourite place:

France

Favourite thing about Midwifery:

1) Helping women meet their baby feeding goals

2) Watching siblings meet their new baby for the first time

Favourite thing to do when you're off-call or not working:

Kayaking + camping on remote sites

Something you may not know about me:

I'm a van-lifer! I love spending my time off travelling with my family in our converted sprinter van.

JENNY EMERSON

Registered Midwife

Being a midwife is everything I’ve ever wished to be—a facilitator of healthy, thriving families with an emphasis on women’s health. I strive to support pregnant people in carrying and birthing their babies with integrity and empowerment. Service, creativity and compassion are three values I highly regard. How perfect it is to find myself as a Registered Midwife—a profession I believe upholds these values. 

 

I completed my Midwifery training with UBC, Faculty of Medicine in 2015. Clinical practicums took me to work with women in Vancouver, Victoria, a rural community in Uganda and Kelowna. After graduation, I settled into practicing Midwifery in Kelowna for just over a year, but the coast called me home. I have been practicing at Richmond Hospital since 2016.

I am excited and fortunate to have the opportunity to continue to serve families in my community. I look forward to meeting and working with you all!

Coffee or tea?

Coffeea nice rich, nutty, chocolate blend is my favourite. I also love a fragrant bergamot Earl Grey cup of tea in the afternoon with a shortbread sable.

Favourite place:

Oh there are so many!

LocallyMcDonald Beach with my pup, Chimay. Nostalgically in my mind—Victoria when I was 24 years old. Childhood homeJudges Row in Qualicum Beach, Cathedral Grove

Favourite thing about Midwifery:

The connections we make with our clients and families. It's a privilege to be invited and welcomed into others' lives during the pregnancy year.

Favourite thing to do when you're off-call or not working:

Walk amidst big trees near the ocean

Something you may not know about me:

When I was 18, I rode my bicycle home from Guatemala with a good friend. We had volunteered with a women's collective teaching + learning about medicinal plant medicines, composting, environmentally friendly plant based dyes for textiles and built greenhouses. The ride home was long, and we looked like rugged + wild trolls, but we saw beautiful sites, met interesting and inspiring people and got strong!​

ALIXANDRA BACON

Registered Midwife

I graduated from the UBC Midwifery education Program Midwifery in 2012. I have been serving families in Richmond and Delta ever since. Prior to midwifery I worked as a sexual health educator. 

 

My favourite part of midwifery is when clients return in their subsequent pregnancies and the babies I've caught assist me with belly checks. I am also drawn to midwifery are advocacy, policy and teaching.

 

I practice Midwifery part time to allow me to fulfill the role of President of the Midwives Association of BC and Vice President of the Canadian Association of Midwives.

 

I am a part of the Clinical Faculty at UBC and have worked in midwifery education and association strengthening in East Africa through UBC's Students for Global Citizenship and the UNFPA-CAM Strengthening Midwifery Services in South Sudan project. 

 

When not catching babies I enjoy dance offs with my son Juba, kayaking and hosting vegan dinner parties. 

Coffee or tea?

Tea

Favourite place:

Granville Island

Favourite thing about Midwifery:

When the babies I've caught join their parents for prenatal appointments in subsequent pregnancies and help with belly checks.

Favourite thing to do when you're off-call or not working:

Kayaking/canoeing with my family and camping.

Something you may not know about me:

I play washboard and percussion in an old-timey band.

MANDY VERGHESE

Registered Midwife, SpBAP

I discovered midwifery as a teen and immediately knew it was my future - combining my fascination of pregnancy and birth and my desire to provide holistic clinical care. I am passionate about mind and body preparation for birth and reducing cesarean section rates. Prior to becoming a midwife, I was a birth and hypno-doula.

 

I completed my BSc in Midwifery at the University of the West of Scotland in 2015, and the Internationally-Educated Midwifery Bridging Program through UBC's Faculty of Medicine in 2016. I am also trained as a surgical first assist for cesarean sections. Prior to joining Terra Nova Midwifery, I spent time working in several communities across the Lower Mainland.

 

Bodywork in pregnancy is my special interest, which I do as an experienced Spinning Babies® Aware Practitioner. I love teaching ways to optimize balance in the body to eliminate common pregnancy discomforts and create an easier more comfortable birth.

 

I am very excited to be living and working in Richmond (my hometown!) with my husband, Sam, and son, Forrest.

Coffee or tea?

Tea

Favourite place:

Anywhere sunny that's less than 40 degrees! Otherwise, Milltown Pub on a Thursday night is pretty great.

Favourite thing about Midwifery:

I love the diversity of people’s experiences through pregnancy, birth, feeding, and parenting. It keeps me challenged and always learning. And of course, watching babies be born never gets old. 

Favourite thing to do when you're off-call or not working:

Clean the house!

Something you may not know about me:

After completing my midwifery training and moving back home, I was a framer! I helped build the house my parents live in. 

NANCY TSAO

Registered Midwife

Ever since I was a child, I have been fascinated by birth. I still have vivid memories of waiting by the curtain for my mother to finish her ultrasound exam and later walking with her to the hospital while she was in labour and about to give birth to my little brother.

 

I am always in awe of the strength and power clients show during pregnancy, labour and birth and feel privileged to accompany and care for them through this very special time of their life.

 

I graduated from the UBC Midwifery Program in 2016. Throughout my training and practice, I have attended births in Calgary, Richmond, Vancouver, Penticton, Comox, and Mission. I also attended more than 70 births during my international practicum in Uganda. Working in the Ugandan hospitals was a life changing experience and I hope to return someday.

 

I grew up in Taiwan and came to Richmond with my family when I was 15 years old. I am fluent in English and Mandarin. In my spare time, I enjoy knitting, reading and taking long walks in Steveston.

我自小就对生命的诞生充满好奇。在我儿时的印象里,妈妈怀着弟弟时,带着我一起去做产检,生产当天,我和妈妈一起走去医院的记忆都特别鲜明。


 

孕妇在怀孕、阵痛、生产时所展现的力量和母爱,总令我钦佩不已。而能在妇女经历这个非常特殊的时期,陪伴并照顾他们,是我的荣幸。


 

我在2016年得到卑诗大学助产师学士学位,从实习到执业以来,曾在卡加利、烈治文、温哥华等地帮超过三百位孕妇接生。我更在乌干达实习的十二周里,为七十名婴儿接生。


 

我生长在台湾,十五岁时和父母移民到温哥华。闲暇时,我喜欢阅读,打毛线和散步。

SARAH DEXTER

Office Manager, Doula, Childbirth Educator

Coffee or tea?

Tea! Coffee makes me wasted... A mom + birthworker who doesn't drink coffeeI know!

Favourite place:

Home :) or in the mountains!

Favourite thing about Midwifery:

Relationship/connection/informed choice :)

Favourite thing to do when you're off-call or not working?

Cook, eat, thrift, hike, laugh with my family,

talk about birth, think about birth.

Something you may not know about me:

I love karaoke.

ELISE BEUTEL

Office Manager, Doula

Coffee or tea?

Coffee!

Favourite place:

Whistler

Favourite thing about Midwifery:

The first week of home visits after baby is born. The
first hours and weeks following the birth of your baby is a whirlwind of emotions and it is so comforting to have a team of midwives who are available to help you for 6 weeks with breastfeeding and any other questions/concerns you may have.

Favourite thing to do when you're off-call or not working:

I love to spend my time outdoors. I love biking, hiking, camping, and going puddle jumping with my daughter, Cleo.

Something you may not know about me:

My husband and I met in PE class in high school

Images by Taya Photography

JESSICA SCREETON

Social Media, Doula

Coffee or tea?

Coffee in the morning and rose tea thereafter

Favourite place:

Wailea, Maui

Favourite thing about Midwifery:

So many things! The philosophy, continuity of care, connections made + more positive birth outcomes and experiences as a result.

Favourite thing to do when you're off-call or not working:

Spend time with my family + friends, take a Kundalini yoga/meditation class and self-care.

Something you may not know about me:

My first job (other than babysitting ;)) was at London Drugs stocking shelves.

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