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Transitions midwifery is a proud teaching practice. The midwives at Transitions work closely with midwifery students from UBC who have placements in all years of  their training. Helping to educate and train future midwives ensures that every client who wants midwifery care has access to it. 

 

We feel that our students bring fresh energy and a passion for supporting the midwifery model of care and are always the most up to date on new evidence and research being done around pregnancy, birth and postpartum. 

 

While we feel students improve client care and experience we understand everyone has different comfort levels when it comes to student involvement. Client comfort is the most important thing. If you wish to not have a student involved in your care please let us know.  

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Julia Homer

Hello, I am Julia and I am thrilled to be joining Transitions for my fourth year and clerkship. Thank-you for allowing me to join you on your journey through pregnancy, birth and beyond. I have had many amazing experiences and have worked in Vancouver, Richmond, Burnaby and New West.

I was first introduced to Midwifery care shortly after it was regulated in British Columbia, in year 2000. My experience as a young mother and having a Midwife sparked an interest in working with pregnant people. I was mentored by a doula, who inspired me to take the Doula Program at Douglas College. I attended births and taught prenatal classes to young parents.

In 2009, I became a Licensed Practical Nurse; a decision that has brought many wonderful opportunities. I had a chance to look at healthcare from a global perspective and was invited to be part of an evaluation of Harm Reduction Programs for the international HIV/AIDS Alliance in Ukraine. I have worked in Primary Care Community Health Clinics, homecare and outreach nursing for the last 10 years. I also spent many years invested in research both in partnership with UBC and the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS.

I grew up on Vancouver Island and have lived in Vancouver for the last twenty years. I love music, dance, yoga and travelling and hiking with my family. I have had two more children since I started the midwifery program, whom are now 3 and 4 years old. I am looking forward to supporting families through pregnancy, birth and postpartum. I appreciate your time and openness to student involvement and am very open to feedback! Thank-you kindly for your time and knowledge.

Morgan Reid

Hello my name is Morgan Reid and I am currently a 2nd year Midwifery student at the University of British Columbia. I am excited to be completing my clinical placement this spring with Erin Pendziwol at Transitions Midwifery in Maple Ridge, and look forward to building relationships with families in the community. I am very thankful to have this opportunity to grow my skills and experiences and look forward to meeting you.

Before coming to the UBC Midwifery program I completed a degree in Kinesiology through the University of Victoria; I am passionate about community and individual health, and was drawn to the unique experiences people have during injury recovery. I have had the privilege to also volunteer with the Victoria Women’s Transition House, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and Canucks Autism; I feel that volunteering is a valuable way that I may contribute to the growth and health of my community. I was inspired to pursue Midwifery following some time off school when I had the privilege to work alongside a pelvic floor physiotherapist; my values aligned with the ability to provide continuity of care and choice of birth place.

I grew up on Gabriola Island and my first placement was in Port Hardy on Vancouver Island, and I am excited to apply what I have learnt in small rural communities, to a much larger urban center. I am very excited to have the opportunity to continue my journey in Maple Ridge. In my free time I am an avid hiker, camper, and enjoy spending most of my time outdoors. In recent years I have also become a passionate reader, especially since I have had more time for non-academic reading following my first degree.

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