Layla Ahmed: I have dreamed about becoming a midwife since the age of 12 when my youngest brother was born. I graduated from McMaster University with a Bachelor in Health Sciences specializing in Midwifery in 2010.
I worked in London, ON for 4 years and then followed my partner to Edmonton, AB where I have been working as a midwife since 2016. It is an honour and privilege to witness the journey to parenthood and birth. I am passionate about providing informed choice and advocating for my clients.
I have a special interest in infant development, feeding and respectful parenting. At home I am the parent to 3 adventurous children. I am a lover of horseback riding, CrossFit and whole nourishing foods.
Heather Carl: I first learned about Midwifery care while working abroad in Cologne, Germany. During my stay, I shadowed a solo Midwife for several months. This experience offered a glimpse into the European healthcare system in which midwives are well integrated and attend over 75% of births. Based on this experience, I became passionate about interprofessional collaboration, and striving to help further integrate midwives into the Canadian healthcare system.
Upon returning to Canada, I worked as a birth Doula and attended the BMid program at MRU in Calgary. Since receiving my BMid, I have had the honour of supporting pregnant persons and their families in Edmonton.
My aim is to offer care that helps clients and their families feel safe, respected and heard. I strive to be a good ally to, and advocate for, targeted and marginalized populations. I realize that this requires life-long learning, and am committed to self-reflection and work to better support my clients.
Sarah Rodger: My journey to midwifery was not a straight line, I truly had no idea what a midwife was before I needed one myself. Before midwifery was ever introduced to me I wanted to work with community development, and I graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Calgary. Life marched on, and while living in Kelowna, BC, I began my first pregnancy. My family doctor, my naturopath, and my chiropractor all pointed me to the community midwives, and so I landed with a group of wonderful midwives. I fell madly in love with the midwifery model of care. I loved being able to ask all kinds of questions and explore my options in a setting that felt comfortable, like friends having tea and chatting. It was the birth of my second child however, that really got me motivated. Moving to Calgary and to a new midwife I found strength in knowledge and in informed choice. Nothing could excite me more than the strength I experienced with the birth of my second child through an entirely un-disturbed and peaceful birth. I was hooked. Encouraged by my midwife and partner, I became a doula and applied for midwifery school. Fast forward a bunch of years, a bunch of tears, two more babies (yes, I have four), stacks of midwifery textbooks and sleepless nights, I eventually graduated from Mount Royal University and became a Registered Midwife.
Today my family and I call Edmonton our home, and my partner, four kids, and two dogs love the ravine, the food, and the community we are growing. I am a fiend for coffee, for crafting, and my most recent family addition, my Boler. I love watching families growing and playing a role in the life altering process of birth. I am a huge supporter of baby wearing, feel free to ask if you have questions, little ones are meant to snuggle. I am incredibly grateful to have a part in your maternity care and look forward to getting to know you.
Heather King: I began my journey to midwifery while I was completing a degree in pharmacology at the University of Alberta. During this degree two things happened; I was developing a growing interest in Women’s Studies, and I was introduced to midwifery by my sister who was planning a home birth with her third baby.
I have had a strange fascination and interest in pregnancy and childbirth since I was very little, watching labour and delivery television shows and writing stories about people having babies as a young kid. Once I learned about the profession of midwifery I had a clear direction for how to direct my interest in pregnancy and childbirth and my desire to incorporate feminism and help empower women into a career path.
I spent the remainder of my degree turning most papers or research projects into something about pregnancy (ask me about cell signaling during parturition- just kidding, please don’t, haha) and applied to midwifery once I had graduated.
In 2014 I completed a Bachelor of Health Sciences in Midwifery at McMaster University and was so fortunate to be able to return to Edmonton and work with those same midwives I had met through my sister at Beginnings Midwifery care, where I have worked since graduating.
I am a strong believer that each pregnant person is the best decision maker for themselves and my practice is deeply rooted in informed choice and evidence-based care.
I am thrilled to be a part of Alberta’s first midwifery cooperative!
Teilya Kiely: I have been a registered midwife since 2012, and have worked at Midwifery Care Partners, Beginnings Midwifery Care and now, the Edmonton Midwifery Cooperative.
I feel strongly that it is an honour to be an ally in your healthcare. I strive to ensure people are educated and knowledgeable about their health and healthcare. I have a strong belief that birth is natural and normal and want to help you succeed with your birthing goals while helping you become a new family in all the many ways that entails.
Because pregnancy is a whole body experience, I will work hard to provide alternative measures and medicines to complement more common allopathic treatments. I will use nutritional supplementation, dietary recommendations, homeopathy, acupressure, aromatherapy, body positioning and exercises to help you. I will often refer to chiropractors, acupuncturists, naturopathic doctors, massage therapists, physiotherapists, general practitioners, doctors, and obstetricians.
Previous to becoming a midwife, I worked as a mother to 2 children (I still do that, but now they are teens), as a doula since 2005, as a phlebotomist doing home collections for dynalife and as a fitness instructor, server, and plant lady a lifetime ago.
Marita Obst: I grew up in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, in a family that was deeply involved in social justice issues, supporting human rights and sexual health education. I had always been fascinated with pregnancy and birth and knew that I wanted to engage in a career that would allow me to support people’s agency, bodily autonomy and reproductive rights from a feminist perspective. That passion was embodied in midwifery, even before I had the words or understanding to fully conceptualize what a midwife was.
I initially began my first degree in Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto, eight years ago, before being called into midwifery and being accepted to study at Mount Royal University. Throughout my time at Mount Royal, I enhanced my midwifery education through attending lactation seminars, participating in LGBTQ health forums and volunteering on a sexual abuse support line. I have been privileged to attend birthing families in Alberta as well as the Northwest Territories.
My approach to midwifery is based in a foundation of communication and consent. Pregnancy and birth are intimate events that hold the potential for powerful personal growth, that often require vulnerability. I strongly believe that this is best accomplished when space is held for families to decide what is best for them and their children. Each time that I am privileged to witness a family grow, I am humbled by their strength and perseverance.
I love swimming, pottery, reading fiction/poetry, musicals, and drinking delicious coffee. In my off-call time I can be found enjoying those hobbies with my partner and our bulldog Sammy.
I am incredibly excited to be a part of your pregnancy, birth and parenting story at the Edmonton Midwifery Cooperative, and am so looking forward to meeting you!
Rae Veillard:I was born and raised in the Northwest Territories, and have now spent many years living in various parts of Alberta. It was through my undergraduate degree in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Alberta that I became drawn to alternative healthcare and gender studies. I distinctly recall sitting in an Anthropology class and learning of midwifery as a career choice. I experienced a genuine “Aha!” moment and knew that my future would involve midwifery.
Since that moment, I have completed two degrees, pursued travelling endeavours, and had the privilege of working with many families as they have welcomed new life and all of the changes that come with it.
I consider pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum periods to be some of the most intimate, raw, and foundational experiences that we are offered. Through the principles of evidence-based care and informed decision making, I hope to support families through this transition in a positive and empowering way.
I believe in the individuality of every family, and truly appreciate the opportunity to work within the spectrum of diversity to provide you with your own unique experience. I look so forward to working alongside you in your parenting journey.