Dear preceptors,

Class is in session! Fall is fast approaching, so squeeze in those warmer days. Our thoughts are with those who continue to be affected by the fires.

In light of the recent protest throughout the country (and globally), we are sharing a statement from the UBC Equity and Inclusion Office, a stance that Midwifery echoes.

UBC stands in support of 2SLGBTQIA+ communities


Corrections from the August newsletter:

  • Our new Instructional Assistant, Connor Hang's surname, was misspelled Jang.
    [Sorry, Connor!]
  • The Victoria 20th Anniversary Celebration is indeed on the 18th. The introductory letter had listed the 19th.


From the Director:

Dear preceptors,

I received a warm welcome from faculty and staff at the UBC Midwifery annual retreat. I was grateful to meet the team in person—many members of the BC Midwifery community. 

Over the coming weeks, I will continue to reach out to work with team members and stakeholders to understand the structure of the program, current issues and future visions as it relates to supporting preceptors.

Preceptors are top of mind, and setting up our preceptors and students for success is integral to the profession and UBC Midwifery. With the expansion and provincial support, recent wage increases, there are more opportunities than ever to highlight Midwifery. I look forward to working with you and getting to know this community.


UBC Midwifery Director,

Kellie Thiessen


Commemorate Orange Shirt Day - September 30

Orange Shirt Day, September 30, is a day to honour and uphold Survivors and Intergenerational Survivors of the Indian Residential School system and to commemorate those who didn’t return home.

To find a wide range of Orange Shirt Day programming and information, please explore the hub page curated by the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre. You can access information about events, educational resources, and wellness support initiatives available at UBC. Learn more on the hub page.

Additional resources:

National Aboriginal Council of Midwives

APTN TV National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Programming


Birth Place Lab Secures Federal Funding for Women’s Health Initiative!


The Birth Place Lab to lead the “Justice and Equity in Perinatal Services (JEPS) Hub.” Read more about this exciting announcement on our website here.

The JEPS cluster is also hosting the next installment of the Birth Place Lab speaker series, and you're invited!

Please join them today, September 27th, 2023, at 9:00 a.m. PST for a presentation from Drs. Mimi Niles (she/her) and Michael Rost (He/Him).



Clinical Faculty Spotlight
Lauren McHattie (she/hers)

Lauren McHattie (she/hers) was featured in the Faculty of Medicines "Beyond the Classroom" profile. UBC clinical faculty across the province are highlighted for their work and inspiration.


Read More



The New Fraser Health Cohort!

The "Welcome Fraser Students 2023" event was a celebration! 

Together with Surrey Hospitals Foundation, Dr. Cary Cuncic, Regional Associate Dean, VFMP, Dr. Dean Jones, Associate Dean, Fraser, & Dr. Joseph Anthony, Associate Dean, Health Professions cordial invitation included our new Fraser Midwifery Student Cohort. UBC Midwifery students, staff and faculty were invited and in attendance.


Event Photobooth Left to right: Joean Lu, Wendy Anne Sjodin, Indiana (Indie) Bateman, Breanna Riou-Green


We acknowledge that the UBC Vancouver campus is situated within the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam).