Midwives
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Solo Midwives

Shianna Pace

Hannah Howell

Team of Three

Carly Scrymgeour

Vivian Maclean

Erin Braaten

Team of Two

Chelsea McLeod Schneider

Jessica Swain

Solo Midwives

Shianna Pace, RM

Owner of Cochrane Community Midwives and Shifra Centre

Since I was a young girl I have had a passion for babies and pregnancy. This passion flourished while growing up in a large family, and gained focus after experiencing the birth of one of my younger cousins.

The realization that this passion could become a career was made when I chose to “career shadow” Joy in a grade nine work experience project. I later discovered that my paternal great grandmother had also been a midwife.

After graduating from Cochrane High School I began actively pursuing a career in midwifery. This led me to a midwifery education program in the USA which involved a year of practicum in the Philippines, fulfilling my longstanding desire to aid the less fortunate in the developing world. While in the Philippines, I was able to acquire extensive midwifery skills while working with the diverse maternal and neonatal complexities facing the third world.

After six months in Manila, the capital city of the Philippines, my husband Brad and I had the opportunity to establish a charity birth centre serving poverty stricken families and woman from the tribes who were unable to access health care. Upon completion of my year in the Philippines I returned to Cochrane, obtained Alberta Midwifery Registration, and joined Cochrane Community Midwives.

While working as a midwife I have developed a strong commitment to enabling woman to make their own personal health care decisions. I believe that a woman should leave midwifery care empowered by her birth experience, and confident in her body. I look forward to helping more women to accomplish their goals.

Hannah Howell, RM

For as long as I can remember I have had an interest in pregnancy and birth. I have always been fascinated by the process of growing and birthing babies. My own birth experiences were the catalyst for my interest to transform into my passion. My son was born in 2007 in the hospital and my daughter was born in 2010 at home under the care of my wonderful midwives. I realize now that I have wanted to be a midwife since before I even knew what a midwife was and I feel blessed that I am able to channel my passion to a professional career.

Before being accepted into the midwifery program in 2012 I studied psychology at Mount Royal University, and became certified as a birth doula.  In 2014 my family and I moved from Calgary to Cochrane and I completed my 3rd year of midwifery placement here in Cochrane. I fell in love with the community and I am so thrilled to be able to begin my career here with the support of this lovely practice.

The birth process is such an exciting and transformative time in a woman’s life. It is an honour and a privilege for me to share that experience with new families and to provide care to women and their babies during this special time.  I am looking forward to getting to know you and your families an being a part of your birth experience.

Team of Three

Carly Scrymgeour, RM

 My passion for birth and women’s health care began when I was pregnant with my first child in 1995. Through this pregnancy I learned that pregnancy and birth are transforming events in a woman’s life and something that most women remember for the rest of their lives.

After graduating from the University of Calgary in 2001 I began work in the social work field working with adults with disabilities in supported employment. Although I loved this work, I knew that it was not my calling.

In 2004 I began to attend births as a doula, and would volunteer my time to families that could not afford the fee. I felt honoured to share these precious moments with the families I served. It was during this time that I began to seriously consider pursuing a career in midwifery. These plans were put on hold after the birth of my second child in 2006.

I enrolled in the midwifery program at Bastyr University in 2009, and graduated with a Master of Science in Midwifery in June 2012. After completing my final clinical rotation in my hometown of Cochrane, AB with Cochrane Community Midwives, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to join their team of midwives, and have the honour of providing care to women in the Cochrane area.

I believe that birth is sacred, that women deserve to be cared for by a caregiver who is educated and competent, that will empower them with information, get to know them as a person, and treat them and their families with the gentleness and respect they deserve.

On a more personal note, I am fortunate to have the support of my partner Greg, and my three wonderful children - Nicholas born in 1995, Maya born in 2006 and Marlon born in 2017.  I often think that the most powerful educational experiences I have had were these three pregnancies and births.

 
I am truly grateful to all the families I serve for choosing me to care for them, and for allowing me to be a part of their special day.
 

Vivian Maclean, RM

With over 25 yrs in healthcare—20 yrs of them as a Registered Midwife—I can honestly say my passion for supporting women and families through pregnancy and childbirth grows daily. As a mother of 2 children myself I can understand and appreciate the importance of finding the right support to help guide you through the most intimate and life changing time in your life. I empower women to make the right choices for them with a non judgemental, natural approach to childbirth. I believe pregnancy and childbirth should be kept as natural and undisturbed as possible. I encourage my clients to be informed and gain confidence and trust in their bodies abilities to birth safely without interventions unless medically necessary.

 

Erin Braaten, RM

Along with my truly amazing colleagues, I am here to bring respectful maternity, well-woman and infant health care to our community. I was drawn to this path with my first pregnancy and could not deny its pursuit thanks to the exceptional midwifery care I received here in Cochrane. After I started midwifery school I learned from my grandma that her own gran had been a community midwife, this resonated with me and I knew I belonged in this journey. I graduated with a Bachelor of Midwifery, on the Dean’s honour roll, from Mount Royal University. I have also served my profession on the Alberta Association of Midwives board of directors. It is our great fortune to call Cochrane and surrounding area home. I consider myself lucky to be part of a team with the midwives I trusted through my own growth into motherhood. This work is humbling and I enjoy helping families reach their goals through their pregnancy, birth and postpartum. We have exceptional services and collaboration available to ensure care that is personalized for each family’s needs. It’s my hope that all families have choices regarding their maternity care experiences. I look forward to building a trusting relationship with you as you grow your own family.

Because birth matters,
Erin

Team of Two

Chelsea McLeod Schneider RM

I thought I was becoming a midwife because I loved babies, which I do, but through the process I realized that my deepest passion is working with women and helping them feel empowered by their birthing experiences. 

Over 13 years ago I entered the midwifery education program in Ontario where I completed 2 years of my degree. Shortly thereafter I became a Mumma myself and so I took a step back from my career goals to grow my own little family. Life took a few meanders including starting a baby sling making business, teaching prenatal classes, moving across 3 provinces and my greatest adventure to date... the 8 babes of my own! Along with my ever supportive husband, we enjoy an active lifestyle managing the joys and chaos of big family life!

In 2012 I joined Mount Royal University's bachelor of midwifery program completing my degree in the spring of 2016.  I am passionate about women and their babies and through all the twists and turns I’ve never swayed in my desire to one day serve them as a midwife. I feel like my life's experiences were a sort of extended practicum!

I am still completely in awe of the processes of pregnancy and birth... the fact that we grow new humans inside ourselves never ceases to amaze me! I am excited and grateful to be serving the women of Cochrane and the surrounding area as a Registered Midwife! Thank you for allowing me into this intimate experience to support you and your growing family! 

Jessica Swain, RM

I am a Métis midwife, and graduate of the Mount Royal University midwifery degree program.
I was born and raised in Alberta, and spent much of my childhood falling in love with mother nature-- hiking her mountains, camping in her forests, and canoeing her lakes and rivers.
Midwife means to be "with woman" and I believe my love of mother nature shaped my calling into this beautiful profession where I get to nurture and hold space for women and childbearing people on their unique journeys into parenthood.
My path through midwifery school started me on my own journey of exploring and reclaiming my identity as a Cree-Métis woman, and learning the history of Indigenous midwives. I believe that empowered mothers and healthy babies are the foundation of strong, resilient, communities and Nations. As a midwife, I strive to provide care that addresses each client's unique strengths and challenges, and promotes positive transformation and healing through empowered pregnancy, birth, and postpartum experiences.
As an Indigenous midwife, I am striving to reclaim and revive the role of the Indigenous midwife, and inspire other Indigenous women to follow their hearts into this ancestral work. I endeavour to hold space in my practice for families who wish to incorporate ceremony, traditional teachings, medicines and cultural elements into their pregnancy, birth and postpartum experiences. I do this work with humility, and an open heart, and I look forward to learning as much from my clients as they do from me.