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Meet the Midwives

Coming December 4, 2023: The Midwives are Teaming Up! 

Lindsay and Jenn will be joining Jess and Kara fo
r a new Team of 4: Team Ocean!

Teralee will be joined by Lauren in January 2024 to make a Team of 2.

Please read below to get to know your midwives!

We thank Katia for all the wonderful locum coverage she provided Lauren over the past year.
Mary and Katia will continue to be our amazing community 
locums!

Teralee Fisk, RM

Midwifery has allowed Teralee to join women and their families in some of the most intense and beautiful moments that life brings. In the past 20+ years, Teralee has witnessed birth around the world before returning to work in Campbell River, the community she grew up in. 

 

Teralee has seen maternity care change and grow through the years and feels blessed to work alongside the families and care providers that drive these changes in Campbell River and the surrounding area. She looks forward to meeting new families and seeing the impact new life brings!

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Lauren McKenzie, RM

Lauren moved to Campbell River in 2017 following a student placement in the community in 2015. She was thrilled to come back home to Vancouver Island. Lauren began her journey to midwifery in Northern BC working as a perinatal nurse. It was here  she found her passion for supporting families through the pivotal experience of pregnancy, birth, and postpartum.  Lauren feels privileged to be invited to support birthing individuals and their families in this vulnerable time. In her time off, Lauren can be found outside with her family exploring all the incredible places to bike, hike, paddle and explore on the North Island. 

Lauren is on mat leave until Jan 2024.

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Lindsay Wells, RM

Lindsay is grateful to have settled in Campbell River, near family, the ocean, and the mountains. Prior to midwifery, she studied health education and developed programs in complementary and alternative healthcare for diverse communities in Victoria and Vancouver. In 2014, Lindsay attended her first birth as a doula and this potent experience weaved her onto the path of midwifery. She is thankful for the midwives she learned from in the UBC Midwifery program. Lindsay’s practice of midwifery is grounded in supporting informed choice and being present for birth and the transition to parenthood in all the ways that it may unfold.  If she's not on call, you can find her at yoga, in a sauna, or out adventuring in nature with her family.

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Jess St. Jean, RM

It is an honour to walk beside families on their journeys of pregnancy, birth and postpartum care. 

 

Jessica St. Jean graduated from the UBC Midwifery Program in 2021 and has enjoyed working in Campbell River since then. Her favourite part of being a Midwife is walking with families through life transitions that include all the aspects of our humanity; to be trusted to bear witness to people's courage, vulnerability, and joy leads to many awe-inspiring moments in this work. Prior to Midwifery, she managed a provincial sexual health and harm reduction program for youth, studied Sociology at Simon Fraser University, and volunteered at a transition house for women and children. Jessica has Squamish and settler-French ancestry, and is grateful to work in the beautiful North Island Ligwiłda'xw, We Wai Kai, Wei Wai Kum and Kwiakah Territories. Aside from Midwifing, Jessica enjoys hanging out with her family, crocheting, and meandering the outdoors. 

 

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Kara Giesbrecht, RM (Locum)

Kara is a white settler, (gratefully) living and working on the territory of the Ligwiłda'xw people, the We Wai Kai, Wei Wai Kum and Kwiakah First Nations. Her favourite part about being a midwife is the continuity of care! It’s a special privilege to care for someone through each trimester, their birth and the early postpartum period. When not working, you can often find Kara trying to improve her knitting skills! She can’t wait to meet you and your family.

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Jenn Nguyen, RM

Jenn moved to Campbell River in 2021 after working in Vancouver for 5 years at a busy urban practice. As an east coaster herself, she is excited to be back by the oceanside in a smaller town. She divides her #midwifelife between clinical work and as an Assistant Professor with the UBC Midwifery Education Program. Jenn’s teaching and clinical philosophies focus on social justice, interprofessional collaboration, and anti-racist and trauma informed care. She is privileged to be able to provide care in English, Mandarin, and Vietnamese. When not teaching, Jenn can be found hiking, fishing, baking, or gardening. Although, most of the time, she is found recovering on the couch from being a parent of two busy little humans. 

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Mary Kenwood, RM (Locum)

Mary is our community locum Midwife who regularly provides holiday coverage, home birth back-up and an extra set of hands on busy days.

 

Mary moved from Victoria to Campbell River in 2021 and is grateful to remain close to family and friends while getting to explore all the beauty the North Island has to share. Prior to completing her Midwifery degree at UBC, Mary received her BSc in Behavioural Neuroscience from Memorial University of Newfoundland and had the pleasure of working to support folks with diverse abilities. Mary has a longstanding interest in holistic, evidence-based healthcare and continues to be drawn to Midwifery for its beautiful harmony of science and human connection. She is honoured to be a part of your experience, whether for one visit or over a longer course of care.

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Katia Mordak, RM (Locum)

Katia is Vancouver Island born and raised, with Spune’luxutth and European ancestry. Grateful to live, work and raise her family on the traditional and unceded territory of Ligwiłda'xw people; the We Wai Kai, Wei Wai Kum and Kwiakah First Nations. Prior to midwifery, she double majored in Psychology and Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies while also volunteering as a birth doula for marginalized populations. Being a Midwife to her means furthering care that offers individualism, continuity, informed choice and support for growing families, specifically with an Indigenous and intersectional lens. When not practicing birth work you can find her with her family hiking, paddling, biking, meandering forests or trying to get her veggie garden as luscious as her mom does.

 

Shauna Guthrie, Office Manager

As one of the voices on the other end of the phone Shauna is blessed to be one of the first people that our clients tell about their pregnancy! When she is not in clinic Shauna is usually found at the rink or enjoying the outdoors with her husband and children. 

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