Lindsay Woodford - student
My name is Lindsay Woodford and I’m in my final year of the UBC Midwifery Program. I am so excited to have the opportunity to complete my final clinical placement with the team at West Hill Midwifery. It is an honour and a privilege to be a member of a team working with and supporting families through pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period. Thank you for welcoming me into your care at such an important time in your life.
I come from a big family where there were lots of babies around and I always took an interest in their growth and development, as well as their sweet faces. Midwifery was something I grew up around as I come from a rural community in Newfoundland and Labrador where receiving midwifery care was the norm for many generations. It wasn’t until I was volunteering in Kenya at a hospital and witnessed my first birth where a midwife was present that the light within me was sparked to pursue midwifery as a career. This also happened to be the same year that midwifery became a regulated profession by the NL government.
I’m a small-town girl through-and-through and was lucky enough to work in William’s Lake for my 3rd year of the program. I have a passion for delivering maternity care to those in rural areas and having the opportunity to learn from midwives in rural and remote communities has been such a fantastic way to get a glimpse of the kind of midwifery I hope to practice when I finish the program. I spend time advocating for accessible maternity care and returning birth to rural communities, especially in my
home province. As a former flight attendant, I have seen firsthand how traumatic evacuating rural communities to access care can be for the birthing person, their baby, and their family. After graduation, I plan on joining the team of midwives in NL who are bringing midwifery back to rural communities.
Before coming to midwifery, I completed a Bachelor of Arts in French and Folklore with a Certificate of Newfoundland and Labrador Studies at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador. Outside of midwifery school, I volunteer with Girl Guides of Canada and, on the rare occasion I have free time, I enjoy checking out new coffee shops, reading in the sun, crocheting and watching Marvel movies.