Cariboo Midwives was cofounded by our midwives Krista Hamblin and Megan Corbett. Heath Hamblin provides administrative support to our midwives and clients.
I feel very fortunate to be offering registered midwifery care to families in Williams Lake and area.
I grew up in Saskatchewan where the reintroduction of midwifery care only happened quite recently. Thus, I didn't know that the job existed until I was halfway through my honours degree in sociology.
Once I knew that my career existed I felt a calling that I followed to UBC's midwifery program in the Faculty of Medicine. I studied midwifery in Vancouver, Creston, Uganda, and Maple Ridge.
I traveled to Edmonton in 2017 for my new registrant year to work in a birth centre focusing on out-of-hospital birth. I truly loved the natural focus and brought with me many holistic modalities used by the Alberta midwives.
in 2018 I went back to a place dear to my heart, Maple Ridge, to work alongside an experienced group of midwives including one of the first midwives in the province. I was fortunate to work with incredible nurses and physicians and serve lovely families that I dearly miss.
In the summer of 2019 I heard Williams Lake calling to my family. I learned that many families in the area were hopeful to receive midwifery care. We made the decision to change our lives and we arrived May 2020.
My favourite part of being a midwife is the connection that I get to make with clients and witnessing such special moments in time. The babies are pretty cute, too!
I am thrilled to be working alongside Megan to introduce midwifery care to the region and support families through the profound transition into parenthood.
I'm excited to be here in Williams Lake as one of the founding members of Cariboo Midwives.
My journey supporting families through pregnancy and childbirth started as a Practical Nurse in a small town in the Kootenays. I started down the path to childbirth work as a pro-bono doula and educator.
In 2010 I ventured out to pursue a midwifery education. I earned an Associates Science of Midwifery from the National College of Midwifery in Taos, New Mexico, working alongside homebirth midwives in the USA and a not-for-profit birth center in the Philippines called Mercy in Action.
I loved the challenge of offering free, safe, and culturally competent care with Mercy in Action. We served a diverse clientele from the slums, the garbage dump, the prison, the red light district, and surrounding hike-in villages.
After returning to Canada I decided to pursue Canadian Registration through the Ryerson University’s International Midwifery Bridging program.
I practiced in Ontario for two years before returning home to the mountains of BC. After working two years at a practice in Langley, my small town roots drew me to seek opportunities outside the busyness of the Lower Mainland.
I’m now grateful to call Williams Lake home. I love hiking, gardening, music, good food with friends, and spending time with my family.
I also love working alongside the raw and real beauty of birth and supporting women as they journey through the process of bringing a child into the world.
I am so looking forward to meeting you and sharing your journey!