We Work As A Team
At WestCoast Midwives we are committed to providing our clients with quality, compassionate care before, during and after birth. We work as a team, which means seamless care for our clients, a supportive work environment for our practice team and the opportunity to get to know everyone who comes through the door.
WestCoast Midwives is a teaching practice. We are committed to promoting the growth of midwifery in British Columbia by providing learning opportunities for students of the Midwifery Education Program at UBC and other qualified midwives wanting to relocate to our province. From time to time we will have 2nd, 3rd and 4th year midwifery students working with us. We find that students bring fresh, new energy to our clinic and help keep us sharp and current.
We are also a teaching site for the Island Medical Program and for the Family Practice Residency Program. Occasionally you may have the opportunity to meet a senior medical student or a family practice resident who is interested in the midwifery model of care.
Kim’s first real steps toward becoming a midwife began with the birth of her second daughter, Claire. Before that she played around the edges by working in maternity units as a nurse in Papua New Guinea, Campbell River and Lady Minto Hospital on Saltspring Island, then teaching pediatrics and obstetrical nursing at Camosun College.
With the birth of Claire, Kim’s fate was sealed and she began the journey to becoming a registered midwife in B.C. This began with an apprenticeship in Victoria for 2 years. Not feeling satisfied with this, Kim, her husband and 2 young children moved to Utah so that Kim could complete a Master’s degree in Nurse-Midwifery at the University of Utah. After completing an internship in Holland, the family returned to Victoria.
Kim was one of the initial group of women who were registered as midwives in B.C. in 1998.
Since 1998 Kim has worked in group practices and in solo practice. Kim established WestCoast Midwives in 2001.