Meet the Midwives

Sylvia Fedyk 

Sylvia has worked as a midwife since January of 1998 when she was part of the first wave of Registered Midwives to practice in BC. It was the birth of her fifth child that inspired Sylvia to become a midwife and she used a complicated sixth pregnancy with bed-rest to upgrade her science courses in preparation for a midwifery education. As part of the first group of registered midwives in the province, Sylvia worked hard for recognition and integration of midwifery as a health profession. Sylvia was privileged to begin her career with Jean Cooper, a founding BC midwife who established the original Ridge Meadows Midwifery Practice (RMMP). Sylvia continued that practice with an ever-growing cast of midwives after Jean’s untimely death and helped it evolve into Transitions Midwifery with service focused in Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows and Tri-Cities. Sylvia enjoys her role as an Associate Clinical Professor for UBC’s Midwifery Program and has served as Past President of the College of Midwives of BC and as Division Head of Midwifery in the Fraser Health Authority. When not working, she treasures time with her family of eight adult children and their partners and one treasured grandchild, travel adventures with her husband, and playing Dungeons and Dragons. Sylvia will be forever grateful for the sacrifices her family made–and still makes—for her to indulge her love of this profession and extends grateful thanks to all the mentor midwives who taught her and inspired her.

 

Erin Pendziwol

Erin was born and raised in Northern Ontario and received her Honours Bachelor of Health Science, Midwifery, from Laurentian University in 2014. She was exposed to midwifery care at a young age when a midwife attended her brother’s home birth, but it was a six-month family backpacking trip through South America as a teen that first developed her passion for women’s health and the importance of safe, accessible maternal care. During her post-secondary studies, she had the opportunity to train at both rural and urban practices in northern and southern Ontario and spent a month working in Tanzania, Africa, providing midwifery care and helping assess the need for a rural birth clinic. After graduating, the sense of adventure drew Erin to accept a position with Transitions Midwifery in Maple Ridge, BC,. Erin has been practicing in the community since 2014 where she has cared for hundreds of clients and their families. When not on call Erin enjoys hiking, camping and snuggling up with her Fiance and fur-babies. 

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Caitlin Robertson

I am excited and grateful for the opportunity to work with the team of Midwives at Transitions, and care for the many pregnant people and their families in the Maple Ridge and surrounding community.

My midwifery journey began many years ago as I was first introduced to a labour and delivery unit in a small community in Belize on a family trip when I was 18. I was fortunate to accompany a local labouring woman to the hospital as she didn’t have access to a vehicle and my family offered her a ride. I remember looking around the maternity unit, hearing the noises of labouring women and feeling that I would like to be somehow involved in birth work.

I pursued a degree as a nurse, and in my final year I took a practicum placement in rural western Zambia; it was there that I managed the first labour and birth of my career and made the decision to work in maternity.  Shortly after graduating from UBCO as an RN I obtained employment in Northern BC at the Fort St. John hospital maternity, and public health units. Being a rural RN in labour and delivery as well as public health meant many familiar faces and client continuity which sparked my initial interest in Midwifery.


I ultimately decided to attend the Ryerson Midwifery Education Program in Toronto in 2017 as I longed to offer choice and individualized care across diverse populations of pregnant people. Throughout my midwifery education I focused on caring for marginalized pregnant people as a result of their education, language, socioeconomic and mental health status. I am continually learning and growing through this work and inspired by the clients and families that I am privileged to serve.
Although I found a special place in my heart for the hustle and bustle of city life in downtown Toronto, it was important for me to return to BC to practice in a community close to family and friends, which brought me to Maple Ridge and Transitions Midwifery.

In between long semesters of university, I spent many summers planting trees in the various forests of the BC interior, where I met my husband, and rescued my now 8 year old dog. My off call time I am often back in the outdoors hiking, walking my dog and fishing, or spending time in my kitchen cooking and baking. 

I am honoured to be part of your care and look forward to meeting you.

Michelle Tran

Michelle studied the human immune system, bacteria and viruses. However, independent laboratory work did not satisfy her desire to help people or her need for an occasional adrenaline rush. She serendipitously stumbled across a list of unusual healthcare careers, and started an adventure with pregnant people, birth, and newborns ever since! Midwifery perfectly combines her fascination with human anatomy, passion to provide healthcare, and her desire to build strong relationships with people. Her science background enables her to provide evidence-based care and informed choice discussions. She is able to weave in the art of midwifery, that comes from relationship-building and continuity of care, especially during the ebb and flow that comes with the vulnerable and powerful process of labour and birth. Her long-term goal is to provide midwifery care in low-resource countries for a few weeks every year. She has a strong commitment toward ensuring pregnant people and newborns of our world have access to adequate healthcare. In July 2011, she supported healthcare providers in running mobile medical clinics in rural Vietnam. In May/June 2018, she provided care in Uganda where she attended 70+ births. Michelle is a fluent Vietnamese speaker and she plans to learn more languages to provide midwifery care to a diverse group of pregnant people and their families. When she’s not working as a midwife, Michelle can be found travelling and learning about different cultures, hiking, discovering new restaurants and types of cuisines, and enjoying warm beverages at cafes with friends.

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