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Plum Holiday Hours 2018

We’d like to wish our past, present (and future) clients and their families a joyful and safe holiday season, and a wonderful 2019, ripe with possibilities!

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Having a Baby.co

The Canadian Association of Midwives has created a website for parents focused on evidence-based information, self-advocacy, and consent in care. Having a Baby.co focuses on choices and rights in reproductive health. We hope this site will grow and become a platform for dynamic and engaging conversations about conception, pregnancy, birth, mental health, and ensuring the best care for families. For more information, please visit their website at havingababy.co 

 

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We are pleased to welcome Juliette Mudra, a 3rd-year midwifery student from the UBC Midwifery Program. Juliette will work alongside our midwives for the months of January and February 2019, and will be present at most prenatal visits, labours, births and postpartum visits. We hope you will welcome Juliette into your care to help provide this opportunity for the growth of midwifery in our province. To learn a bit more about Juliette, please read her bio below…

“I grew up on a small beef farm in Nova Scotia and previous to midwifery, I worked as a fisheries biologist in Alaska and a labour and delivery nurse in Nova Scotia. On Cape Breton Island, where my home is, many families have to drive 2-3 hours to seek care during their pregnancy, birth, and postpartum period. It is my dream to help bring birth, perinatal, and newborn care back into these communities.

As a nurse and midwifery student, my approach to whatever situations that arise is one that involves kindness, attentiveness, and patience. I firmly believe in birthers’ intuitive ability to wisely navigate through their often challenging journeys into parenthood, and am here to help in any way I can along that journey.

In addition to catching babies, I have continued to work as a labour and delivery nurse, a nursing instructor at St. FX University, and on my partner’s dairy farm. I’m an avid cook and outdoor enthusiast, so please share your favorite recipes and hikes with me!”

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CBC has written a great article and podcast about Dr. Michael Klein, Canada’s father of family-friendly births

Dr. Michael Klein has a mantra that’s guided him during his remarkable and revolutionary career. “My approach has always been, ‘What do women and children need? Not what do we [physicians] need,'” the B.C.-based doctor told White Coat, Black Art host Dr. Brian Goldman.

Thanks to that attitude, women in labour can credit him for almost single-handedly ending the practice of routine episiotomy in childbirth — a surgical incision that was once as commonplace as hospital bracelets.”

To read the complete article and links to the podcast, click here.

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JesWe are pleased to announce Jessica Walker-Clarke, RM is back from maternity leave and will be on-call and in the clinic as of November 1, 2018.

“Pregnancy and birth have always fascinated me, and so, naturally, I was drawn to midwifery. After obtaining my Bachelor of Midwifery degree in Queensland, Australia, I then completed the International Midwifery Preregistration Program (IMPP) through Ryerson University in Toronto. After working in Ontario for a year, I returned home to beautiful Vancouver Island and joined the team at Plum in 2015.

My husband and I welcomed our baby girl in October 2017, with the help of Plum midwives, of course! I am excited to be returning to practice after my year of maternity leave, and am looking forward to meeting the families in our care.”

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