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I grew up in Edmonton and thought I would spend my life there. That is until I married my high school sweetheart and really started my life’s adventures. I became a registered nurse in 2003 and though I felt that I was meant to be a paediatric nurse when I graduated, I realized that sometimes in life your path has already been decided for you. Perinatal nursing (caring for mothers and babies) chose me in 2004. I was immediately drawn to the miracle and intimacy of sharing births with families. My husband and I have been blessed to be able to experience this joy for ourselves twice! We have 2 amazing boys and they are truly a blessing!.

Nursing has given me the opportunity to learn in many places and situations. I have worked as a nurse (mainly in perinatal health) throughout the western provinces and the United States before finally settling in Vancouver. When I am not teaching prenatal classes I can be found at the British Columbia Institute of Technology where I am faculty in the Perinatal Specialty Nursing program. I am a self professed super geek about birthing and breastfeeding and hold credentials in childbirth education, lactation, neonatal resuscitation and fetal health surveillance. Personally, I love spending time with my family, being outside, hiking, playing board games, watching movies and doing yoga.

I love being a part of births and helping people make the transition into their new roles as parents. I am constantly in awe of the strength of women and humbled to be able to share this joyous occasion with them. I have seen that for many families pregnancy, birth and new parenting can be exciting, but also overwhelming and often unknown territory. I created Samara in the hopes of sharing my passion and knowledge with new mothers and families and to help encourage and empower them as they enter this new phase in their lives. I look forward to working with you and becoming a small part of your path to your new family.