boutique, relational care.
As midwives, we have been educated with a strong emphasis on the normalcy of pregnancy, birth and early parenting. We wholeheartedly believe that these are natural, physiological processes for which women’s bodies were designed. We also have excitement for the beauty of birth, and view it as one of the highest experiences of life for both the parents and their baby. We see our clients in the context of their families, friends, work lives, cultural, and spiritual values. Our goal is to support the entire family and their support circle as they have the most peaceful and joyful birth experience possible. Additionally, we strive to offer individualized support during the whole childbearing year, providing access to a midwife 24 hours a day, any day of the week.
I was introduced to midwifery over 30 years ago, when I moved to a small coastal town in Northern California. Many of my friends were having their babies at home with local midwives. A friend invited me to attend her home birth. I was awestruck by the beauty and naturalness of the birth, and amazed at the support and calm competency the midwives provided. As my interest grew, I spent several years providing childbirth education and hospital labor support. Re-locating to Seattle, I enrolled in Seattle Midwifery School and graduated in 1997. My studies included work in a variety of Seattle area practices, as well as training in St Lucia, West Indies, and the Philippines.
My professional experience has included working with women and their families in a variety of social and health programs, as both a social worker and a counsellor. I am also certified as a lactation educator, hypnotherapist, and hypnobirthing instructor. In 2015, I opened Ostara Midwifery out of my desire to provide more personalized attention to women and their families in a smaller practice setting.
I am the proud mother of two wonderful sons and have four beautiful grandchildren. After many years of supporting women and their families as they give birth, I still feel inspired by every mother’s strength. I feel privileged every single time I get to witness a baby take their first breath, as they are welcomed into loving arms.
Growing up in Iran as the second eldest of six children, I was immersed in the world of pregnancy and babies at a young age through the births of my siblings. My great interest in midwifery was sparked when I was only 9 years old and my mom had her fourth baby at an exciting home birth and I got to be a part of it. The whole experience made me so curious and passionate about women’s health, pregnancy, birth and babies.
As soon as I finished high school, I passed the National midwifery exam in Iran and was accepted to midwifery program in Shiraz University. I received my Bachelor’s of midwifery in 1996 and Master’s of midwifery in 2003. As a Midwife in South of Iran from 1996-2006, I supported thousands of women throughout their labours, births, and immediate postpartum periods at high volume birth centers and hospitals. I feel deeply humbled by how pregnancy and births can be unique to every woman and family. I also enjoyed teaching midwifery and nursing students as well as engaging in research in women’s health while in Iran.
In 2006, I moved to Toronto to join my husband and in 2007, I was accepted to the International Midwifery Pre-registration Program (IMPP) at Ryerson University. Since 2008 after completing IMPP, I have had fantastic opportunities to work as Registered Midwife in Toronto as well as London, Ontario and now in Surrey, BC.
Working as a midwife for 20 years in several midwifery practice models, both collaborative and solo, urban and rural, birth centers, hospital and home births, I feel incredibly privileged to be doing midwifery care. I cannot think of any other job that would be as satisfying and fulfilling to my spirit.
I feel blessed to support, educate, and empower families through the journey of pregnancy and birth. I have always had a great passion for teaching, and I feel honoured to work as a clinical preceptor to UBC Midwifery students.
I live in Surrey with my husband and our 2 children. When I am not busy with midwifery care, I love spending time with my family and friends, playing with my kids, listening to music, dancing and walking.