Midwifery

Olivia Tupper - Starting June 2021

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When I was 5 years old, I watched eagerly from the side of a blow-up pool in our family kitchen as my mother worked hard to bring my youngest sister earthside. I was enthralled with the way her midwives cared so tenderly for our whole family during that time, and that spark continued to grow into the passion I have now for my work supporting other families in the same way. 

 

Raised by a close-knit community of birth doulas, I grew up fascinated with the way my mother and her friends supported birthing people in our community to feel confident, secure, and loved as they navigated their journeys through pregnancy, birth, and new parenthood. I’ve been called to midwifery work for as long as I can remember, and I’m grateful to be fulfilling the dream I’ve had since I was a little girl, listening to my little sister’s heartbeat in my mom’s belly with her midwife’s fetoscope in our living room. 

 

I am a graduate of the Laurentian University Midwifery Education Program and have enjoyed many different experiences working in urban and rural settings in northern Ontario and the Ottawa area. I’ve enriched my practice with many useful skills through training with lactation consultants, pelvic floor physiotherapists, and urban Indigenous community support workers throughout my education. 

 

Prior to my midwifery degree, I studied at Mount Royal University in Calgary and absorbed as many doula training opportunities as I could. I love integrating my beginnings as a birth doula into the ways that I support families in my role as a midwife. 

 

When I’m not busy measuring bellies and catching babies, I enjoy sneaking off to any patch of woods I can find for a ski or a bike ride, tending to my garden of herbs, and writing songs. 

 

I am overjoyed to be returning to the West and joining my other fabulous team members at Bloom in providing midwifery care to the families of Vancouver.