What is a midwife?
What is a Midwife?
Registered Midwives are skilled professionals in pregnancy and birth and specialize in providing safe, quality care to low-risk, healthy women and their newborns. At Abbotsford Midwifery we have hospital privileges at Abbotsford Regional Hospital as well as access to medical services such as ultrasound and laboratory testing.
Midwives recognize birth as a significant, normal and healthy part of a woman's life. Statistics on midwifery care indicate excellent maternal and infant outcomes including satisfaction with care and lower rates of medical interventions such as caesarean sections, forceps and epsiiotomies.
Registered Midwives have been regulated in BC since 1998 by the College of Midwives of BC. All registered midwives at Abbotsford Midwifery have University Degrees in Midwifery and participate in ongoing continuing education, including regular emergency skills.
Why Choose a Midwife?
Prenatal visits last 30-45 minutes and provide opportunities to ask questions and develop a trusting relationship with your midwife.
We provide sensitive, continuous one-to-one care in labour and birth and respect choices in birth and the need for privacy.
We use traditional techniques to help you cope with labour, such as massage, relaxation, position changes, and hydrotherapy while still having access to medical options like epidurals for pain relief as needed. Your midwife can help you discover and trust your body's innate, instinctive ability to give birth.
After birth, we will follow you and your newborn closely for up to 6 weeks. Your midwife will also visit you in the home or hospital several times during the first week, helping with breastfeeding and ensuring your baby is gaining appropriate weight. Your doctor will resume care of you and your newborn after that.
Accountability, evidenced based care, and continuity of care are the guiding principles in the model governing midwifery care. Registered midwives collaborate with other health care professionals such as Physicians, Nurses, Pharmacists, Childbirth Educators and doulas to provide comprehensive and coordinated care.
Midwives consult with other professionals when circumstances warrant and transfer care to a physician as indicated in the practice guidelines produced by the College of Midwives of B.C.
Choice of Birthplace.
With hospital privileges, we can provide comprehensive care in both the hospital or home setting. During pregnancy your midwife will discuss with you place of birth and help you decide which place is best for you and your baby.
Meet our Midwives
We are a team of four midwives working together to bring our clients excellent pregnancy, labour & delivery and postpartum care.
Sharon Barber, RM
My passion for midwifery began with the birth of our third baby born at home into the hands of a midwife. Abbotsford has been my home community since 1987 when my husband Sean and I moved here from Alberta with our 3 young children. My educational background includes a Bachelors of Midwifery Degree from UBC in 2005 and a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and Anthropology from SFU in 2001. I served as a La Leche Leader for many years in Alberta. I also provide teaching for the UBC faculty of Medicine, Division of Midwifery. I am passionate about childbirth and believe that this unique event in the life of a woman and her family is one that deserves to be respected and honoured. I believe pregnancy and childbirth is a healthy normal physiological process and I look forward to meeting with you to provide care within a philosophical framework of informed choice. It gives me enormous pleasure to witness the miracle of birth time and time again. I really have the best job I could ever have imagined! When I'm not catching babies I enjoy spending time on the Sunshine Coast, hiking, kayaking, relaxing and hanging out with my amazing ever growing family!
Stacey Waggoner, RM
People will forget what you said, they will forget what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel' ~Maya Angelou
I bring this mantra with me to each and every birth that I attend, I strive to make sure my clients feel cared for, safe, respected and heard. As a midwife, I want you to remember your birth story as an empowered one.
As a young adult I had a fascination with natural medicine and herbs, I enrolled in school to study holistic nutrition and I taught classes for moms to feed their families nourishing foods. When I became pregnant with my first child, I was naturally drawn to midwives. The philosophies were similar; I resonated with the belief about the body's ability to heal and the body's ability to birth when feeling safe and supported.
I now have three grown children, all born uniquely; by cesarean birth, VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) and then a homebirth. I decided to pursue midwifery training when my youngest went to school full-time. I was a postpartum doula, a birth doula and a volunteer for families new to Canada while working towards my midwifery degree. I also had the life-changing experience of working in a global setting during my training, I attended births in Thailand and Uganda. As a midwife I have attended births in Maple Ridge, New Westminster, Abbotsford and Chilliwack.
I look forward to supporting you on your journey through pregnancy, birth and postpartum!
Mary Goodwin, RM
I completed the Midwifery Education Program at McMaster University with placements in Hamilton and Kitchener Ontario. I then moved across the country to the beautiful Fraser Valley to join the Abbotsford Midwifery & Wellness team.
It has been an exciting journey getting to provide midwifery care and support families though pregnancy, birth, and postpartum.
Previous to midwifery, I completed a Bachelor of Science at Queen's University where I developed a good foundation of knowledge on reproductive science, physiology, pharmacology and more.
Outside of midwifery I enjoy time outdoors, trying new recipes and restaurants, and spending quality time with my friends and family.
I look forward to meeting everyone!
Danielle Rodrigues, RM
Hello my name is Danielle and I’m so grateful and excited to be working at Abbotsford Midwifery & Wellness. It is truly a pleasure to work amongst such a holistic & collaborative team that has such a diversity of wellness practitioners.
I am a recent grad of the UBC Midwifery Program. During my student years many of my placements brought me out to the Valley. I’m looking forward to continuing to serve this community and making it my home. I want to acknowledge that we work, live, learn & play on the unceded territory of the Stó:lō, the Semá:th & Mathxwí First Nation.
I am so appreciative of the many clients and families that I have had the privilege to meet and guide through their pregnancies, births and postpartum. Thank you for sharing yourselves, and your journey with me, and allowing me to learn with you, and especially from you. I’m really looking forward to meeting with you all and building our relationship whilst you build your family.
Prior to midwifery I was in the midst of a Sociology degree at UBC and completed my Labour & Delivery Doula training & spent numerous years volunteering at BC Women’s & BC Children’s Hospital in the ER and on the labour & delivery floor. In my spare time you can usually find me in the outdoors. My favorite pastimes are camping with friends, cooking, horseback riding and exploring with my partner and our dog. I’m very fortunate to call the West Coast my home. I hope you enjoy your time with us and I look forward to meeting you very soon!
Midwifery Intake Form
If you are currently prengnant and interested in midwifery care, please fill out the intake form. Our office will contact you within a week to let you know if we can accommodate you when you are due.
If you are inquiring about having postpartum care only, please fill out the intake form.
If you have any questions about midwifery care, feel free to call our clinic directly and speak with our office manager.
We look forward to hearing from you!