Meet the midwives
At Old City Midwives, we are proud to be a teaching and mentoring practice affiliated with the UBC Midwifery Program. Our clients can expect to have midwifery students involved in their care.
rhonda stephens, rm ~ Sunflower Team
Rhonda Stephens came to Midwifery following an AH-HA! moment when her husband told her about a CBC interview with a midwife that he had heard. Finally at age 39, she knew what she wanted to be when she grew up! She quickly made the shift from banking to working as a pregnancy outreach worker and a doula, before being accepted into UBC’s Midwifery program.
Rhonda has caught babies in various settings from big-city hospitals in Vancouver, to small-town hospitals in Campbell River and Comox, a birth centre in El Paso Texas, and low-resource cities in Uganda, Africa (blog here: http://uganda2010studentmidwives.blogspot.ca/ ). She then moved with her husband and daughter to nice medium-size Nanaimo where she has been happily serving families as a Registered Midwife since 2011. In her spare time, she loves traveling, camping, getting her dogs dirty on epic walks, and watching way too much Netflix.
Rebecca Vincent, rm ~ Locum for Sunflower Team (June 2020 - Dec 2020)
Rebecca began her journey to midwifery while volunteering with Island Sexual Health Society, acting as both a doctor’s assistant and birth control educator. Working with Island Sexual Health emphasized the importance of inclusivity and informed decision making in reproductive healthcare. Rebecca obtained her B.Sc. in Microbiology from the University of Victoria and went on to complete a M.Sc. in the Reproductive and Developmental Sciences program at UBC. As a graduate student in the Faculty of Obstetrics and Gynecology she conducted research in the area of reproductive genetics. During this time she attended many lectures, workshops and courses related to maternal and fetal health which sparked her interest in maternity care and led her to apply to the UBC midwifery program.
During her midwifery training, Rebecca also went through her own pregnancy and gave birth to her son under the care of the amazing midwives on Sunflower team at Old City Midwives. She is so honoured to be working with such an amazing group of midwives who allowed her to feel so empowered and supported throughout her own journey. In her free time, Rebecca enjoys exploring the local beaches and trails with her toddler, spending time with family and of course, Netflix!
cindy storie-soth, rm ~ Sunflower Team - ON medical Leave until Sept 2020
Cindy Storie-Soth’s journey to becoming a midwife began with her first pregnancy. Under the amazing care of midwives in Victoria, BC she brought her first daughter into the world at home over 18 years ago. She gently put her feet into the waters of maternity care by first working as a doula and childbirth educator. As her children grew and she gained more and more exposure to pregnant women and their families she knew midwifery was the profession for her and made the plunge and applied for admittance into the UBC Midwifery program.
Her training in midwifery has taken her to Vancouver, Victoria, Campbell River, Nanaimo and all across the globe to Uganda. For Cindy, the teaching and informed decision making aspects of midwifery care are what has drawn her to the profession. Working with women, educating them around pregnancy and birth and empowering them to believe in themselves and their ability to birth beautiful babies and become amazing mothers is what fuels her.
Amanda Emsley, rm - Solo Midwife
Amanda has welcomed babies from the high rises of downtown Vancouver, the heart of Nanaimo Regional General Hospital, to a packed Ugandan maternity ward. Carrying a degree in Women's Studies, Dialogue and Negotiation from Simon Fraser University, and a degree in Midwifery through the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Medicine, she strives to provide personalized care that integrates both the art and science of midwifery. When not working as a midwife, Amanda can be found in her garden, on her mountain bike, or painting. She finds deep joy from wildcrafting plants that nourish her family, the women in her life, and herself (ask for nettle tea anytime you are in the clinic).