SABRINA WESTRA, RM
I knew I wanted to be a midwife after my very first appointment with a Vancouver RM when expecting my now 15 year old daughter. The empowering visits and the way pregnancy and birth was treated as both magnificent, yet totally common and normal, really resonated with me and I knew I wanted to be a part of it forever. Since then, I’ve gone on to have 3 more children with the skilled, compassionate care of midwives, and feel so fortunate to be part of this global and age-old profession.
I trained in Ontario, earning my midwifery degree from Laurentian University in 2009. Since beginning to practice, I've been a midwife in three provinces! First in Ontario at a large, primarily hospital-based practice, then Alberta in a birth centre based practice, and now here in the beautiful Comox Valley since 2016. No matter the setting or the clientele, the fundamentals of midwifery remain the same and helping families in their transitions is so very rewarding. I have several specialized midwifery certifications (ie. to treat STIs and provide contraception after birth) and am a Fetal Health Surveillance instructor.
In addition to midwifery, I am mama to 4 beautiful kids, ranging in age from 4 to 15. We settled in Cumberland, which felt like the closing of a circle for us as our family began on the West Coast. We love to garden, grow/preserve our own food, hike and swim wherever and whenever we can and I personally enjoy sewing, knitting and cooking. Thank you for the opportunity to serve this community as midwife!