Tia Felix

2nd Year Midwifery Student
UBC Midwifery Program
Worked with Cora Beitel and Stephanie Dow in 2015

After completing my first year of Midwifery at UBC, I am ecstatic to continue to learn about the knowledge, skills, and collaboration of Midwifery care from Cora Beitel at Strathcona Midwifery Collective for my 2nd year clinical placement.  I will, to the best of my ability, grasp onto every word of wisdom as well as cherish every birth experience one shares with me and carry it forward into my journey as a student midwife. I am deeply honoured to be a part of the birth community and be able to learn and share experiences with future families.

Before being accepted into the Midwifery program, I was in the sunny Okanagan at the UBC campus studying psychology and biology. When my nose was not in the books, I would be shadowing a birth doula in which my passion for Midwifery begun to blossom. Pregnancy continues to amaze me by having the ability to combine both the physical and mental wellbeing of the women. No reward could compare to the joy of ensuring my aid will benefit the care of future families.

A bit about me –  I am from the Splatsin Band which is one of the seventeen bands of the Secwepemc Territory located in the Thompson Okanagan region. I am part of an extraordinary family (mom plus six siblings) and community that have shown ongoing support and whom continually teach me about our culture and language. Away from school and midwifery, I love the smell of baked cookies or fresh air and am often found outdoors either running, hiking, or gardening.

 

Melanie Dowler

2nd Year Midwifery Student
UBC Midwifery Program
Worked with Carolyn Saunders, Andrea Mattenley and Natalie Johnson in 2015

I am overjoyed to have my 2nd year clinical placement in my home city of Vancouver and to have Andrea, Carolyn and Natalie as my preceptors. Having the opportunity to learn from them and the people they serve is a true gift. I look forward to connecting with those of you who choose their care. 

I am passionate about women’s health and reproductive rights. It is my belief that pregnancy and birth is a powerful and transformative time in a person’s life that deserves to be supported in a way that engenders strength and confidence in the birthing person and their family. At the core of my professional philosophy is the belief that client-focused care, informed decision-making and evidence-based medicine are essential to ensuring empowering and equitable maternity care. 

Prior to becoming a midwifery student I worked in community development and social issues research. I was a primary researcher during the Residential School reparations process. I also spent many years with a community organization that supported people facing multiple barriers to employment in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. I have experience as a post-partum doula and have volunteered for organizations both globally and locally that support marginalized women and youth around sexual and reproductive health, anti-violence and access to education. Most recently, I taught dance and yoga to homeless and street involved youth at an organization called SKETCH in Toronto. 

When I am not learning how to catch babies you can find me dancing, doing yoga, making things, watching movies, or riding my bike around this beautiful city.