Midwives in B.C. are primary caregivers for healthy pregnant women throughout their pregnancy, delivery and postpartum periods. Midwives have been regulated and legally recognized as autonomous primary health care practitioners in BC since 1998. Midwifery is covered by your BC health care card.
"When a woman births, not only is a baby being born but so is a mother. How we treat her will affect how she feels about herself as a mother and as a parent. Be gentle. Be kind. Listen. " --Ruth Ehrhardt, The Basic needs of a Woman in Labour
Jeanette attended her first birth in 1993 while studying to be a naturopathic physician and fell in love with childbirth. She attended births in the home and in a free standing birth center during her training in Portland, Oregon. She saw midwifery as an extension of her naturopathic practice. It seemed natural to offer care to women preconception, during their pregnancies, and then providing care of the the children after they were born.
Jeanette believes in the natural, innate healing ability of the body. The human body is created perfectly to grow a baby and give birth. Childbirth is an amazing rite of passagetransition in a woman's life.
Jeanette has been providing care to families in the Okanagan since 2009. In her practice, she blends the heart and mind, offering her experience, faith and warmth to the birthing process. Often holding the space for birth, allowing it to unfold, with little interruption is the key.
Outside work, Jeanette engoys hiking and traveling. She is a prolific quilter, enjoying colors and designs.