Meet the midwives
At Old City Midwives, we are proud to be a teaching and mentoring practice affiliated with the UBC Midwifery Program. Our clients can expect to have midwifery students involved in their care.
rhonda stephens, rm ~ Sunflower Team
Rhonda Stephens came to Midwifery following an AH-HA! moment when her husband told her about a CBC interview with a midwife that he had heard. Finally at age 39, she knew what she wanted to be when she grew up! She quickly made the shift from banking to working as a pregnancy outreach worker and a doula, before being accepted into UBC’s Midwifery program.
Rhonda has caught babies in various settings from big-city hospitals in Vancouver, to small-town hospitals in Campbell River and Comox, a birth centre in El Paso Texas, and low-resource cities in Uganda, Africa (blog here: http://uganda2010studentmidwives.blogspot.ca/ ). She then moved with her husband and daughter to nice medium-size Nanaimo where she has been happily serving families as a Registered Midwife since 2011. In her spare time, she loves traveling, camping, getting her dogs dirty on epic walks, and watching way too much Netflix.
Emma Pitman, rm ~ Locum for Sunflower Team (Dec 2019 - May 2020)
Having moved to Nanaimo originally to attend school 10 years ago, Emma is thrilled to continue working in this community. She first discovered midwifery during her first degree studying sociology and anthropology. Emma is passionate about supporting birthers in a holistic, family centred way. Emma was fortunate to be placed all across BC during her training at UBC including Nelson, Duncan, Ladner, and Vancouver. In addition, her passion for global maternal health took her to Nepal for 6 weeks with the UBC midwifery global program.
She looks forward to getting to know you and your family and to support you on your unique journey. When not practicing midwifery, you can find Emma reading a good book, riding bikes, sewing or cooking up a storm.
cindy storie-soth, rm ~ Sunflower Team - ON medical Leave until June 2020
Cindy Storie-Soth’s journey to becoming a midwife began with her first pregnancy. Under the amazing care of midwives in Victoria, BC she brought her first daughter into the world at home over 16 years ago. After having spent the early years of her children’s life working from home as a childbirth educator and doula she turned her attention to studying midwifery as her children got older.
Her training in midwifery has taken her to Vancouver, Victoria, Campbell River, Nanaimo and all across the globe to Uganda. For Cindy, the teaching and informed decision making aspects of midwifery care are what has drawn her to the profession. Working with women, educating them around pregnancy and birth and empowering them to believe in themselves and their ability to birth beautiful babies and become amazing mothers is what fuels her.
tamara cowan, rm ~ Sage Team
Tamara brings 20 years of experience working with birthing women and their families to her new home at the Old City Midwives Collective. Originally trained as a registered perinatal and NICU nurse, Tamara has also cared for families as a birth and postpartum doula, and as a lactation consultant (IBCLC). It was during the pregnancies and births of her two children that she came to understand how midwifery care can encourage women to envision their “best births” and then support them in achieving that goal. So in 2008, it was back to university to retrain as a midwife and since graduating in 2011, she has been working in solo practice caring for women in her home community on Gabriola Island and also in Nanaimo. Tamara understands that the journey to motherhood begins the moment a woman discovers she is pregnant and that birth is about more than making a baby; its about making a resilient and confident mother who is ready for the joys and challenges of parenting. When not doing “midwife stuff”, Tamara enjoys spending time outdoors with her family on Gabriola Island.
jessa miyashiro, rm ~ Sage Team
Jessa grew up in Nanaimo and felt drawn to become a midwife after completing her Bachelor of Science in Biology at UBC. While living in Vancouver, she worked in leadership development, science research, childbirth education, and as a birth doula. Through the UBC Midwifery program, she was lucky to complete most of her training in Nanaimo, learning from the midwives, nurses, and doctors who are now her colleagues.
Jessa is passionate about supporting each family member to transition to their new role with love and confidence. She has a special interest in herbal medicine and acupuncture, and spends most of her time outdoors with her family.
leah gold, rm ~ Sage Team
Leah has a background in health geography research, and shortly after the birth of her first son at home with midwives in Vancouver, witnessed connections with her previous research in traditional medicine in South America with birth culture in North America. Since then she has been passionate about accompanying parents into the rite of passage that birth is. She is a graduate of the Midwifery Education Program (MEP) at Ryerson University in Ontario. She feels constantly amazed and privileged to be on this life-path and looks forward to working with you.
Yvanne Faught, rm - Sage Team
Originally from the Cowichan Valley, Yvanne left for Ontario and completed a degree in Women’s Studies and French Literature at Trent University. It was there that she first discovered her interest in Midwifery. Eventually she applied to the Midwifery Education Program at McMaster University and received a Bachelor of Health Science in Midwifery in 2005. Upon completion she moved to Kingston, ON and worked in a midwifery practice for two years. However, the pull to come back to the Island was strong and in 2008 she returned to the west coast. Since she started her journey into midwifery her enthusiasm for the profession keeps growing and It is with the support of her life partner as well as her three children, all born with the assistance of midwives, that allows her to be there for families during such a significant time in their lives.
Amanda Emsley, rm - Solo Midwife
Amanda has welcomed babies from the high rises of downtown Vancouver, the heart of Nanaimo Regional General Hospital, to a packed Ugandan maternity ward. Carrying a degree in Women's Studies, Dialogue and Negotiation from Simon Fraser University, and a degree in Midwifery through the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Medicine, she strives to provide personalized care that integrates both the art and science of midwifery. When not working as a midwife, Amanda can be found in her garden, on her mountain bike, or painting. She finds deep joy from wildcrafting plants that nourish her family, the women in her life, and herself (ask for nettle tea anytime you are in the clinic).