Midwifery Messenger | UBC Faculty of Medicine: Family Practice | Q1 - 2024


Welcome to the Midwifery Messenger

This is the new quarterly newsletter for the UBC Midwifery stakeholders and community. A review of the quarter with concise and clear points with forward looking statements for the next quarter. 

UBC Midwifery includes the Midwifery Undergrad Program, IEMBP, Birth Place Lab, Perinatal Wellbeing Research Lab, and CPD Midwifery.


What's New

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Fraser Expansion

  • In September 2023, six 1st-year students commenced classes at Surrey Memorial Hospital CC3. UBC gained possession of Lark's 2nd floor on December 15, with Midwifery staff relocating on December 19. Operations began on January 2, 2024, with 2 staff and 2 faculty members.

Office Move

  • Vancouver teaching faculty and staff are now based at BC Women’s Hospital, on E4 in the Shaughnessy Building.
  • UBC Midwifery administration and research, including the Birth Place Lab, are now based on the third floor of the Strangway building.

New Roles


  • Marisa Ortiz (New hire): Instructional Assistant
  • Heejung Kim (Prev. Instructional Assistant): Administrative Manager, Operation Site Lead
  • Jenn Nguyen - Asst. Prof. of Teaching (tenure track): Lead, Clinical Skills and Simulation Lab
  • Katia Mordak: Indigenous Student Coordinator

Birth Place Lab

  • Celina Solis-Becerra - Post Doctoral Fellow

Strategic Planning

UBC Midwifery is embarking on a strategic planning process to re-vitalize the Program and establish a new plan for the next five years. As an important part of the process, we are inviting our partners and stakeholders from around the province to inform them of the process.

We want to hear your ideas on how we can evolve the Program to better serve the diverse needs of the communities we serve.

If you haven't received your survey and are a stakeholder, student, or staff please email midwifery.communications@ubc.ca.




Zoë Hodgson to lead Midwifery work for the Ministry



International Women's Day



Perinatal Wellbeing Research Team

Web-based Pregnancy Specific Anxiety Tool (ePSAT) Study

The Perinatal Wellbeing Research Team, led by Dr. Bayrampour, just launched a research study to understand the uptake of an online screening tool, the Pregnancy-Specific Anxiety Tool (PSAT). If you work with pregnant people, please consider sharing our study link with them! For more information and the study link, please see here.

If you have questions, please email psas.study@ubc.ca.


Faculty Publications


Preceptor Corner

Call out: Clinical Placement

So far, we have heard from 62 midwives about precepting UBC students for the 2024/2025 school year. Thank you to those who have responded. If you haven’t yet filled out the Precepting Survey, we'd be grateful if you did so, whether you intend on taking a student or not.

Precepting Survey


Call out: OSCE’s – June 2024 (IEMBP)

We are looking for clinical faculty, and especially OSCE Examiners, in Vancouver for June. We need your help to make sure these days are a success. Please log in or sign up on the JaneApp.


From the UBC Midwifery Director

We would like to extend our gratitude to the Midwifery workforce for their tremendous contribution to the UBC Midwifery Program. We are in the process of restructuring supports for our Clinical Faculty. We will connect with each preceptor in advance of the Fall 2024 term start to link you to these resources.

A brief overview of what is coming in late summer:

  1. An accessible online platform with a clear pathway to up-to-date clinical education resources to support teaching and learning. This will be levelled and adapted over time to meet the changing needs of preceptors and students.
  2. An in-person and/or virtual orientation to the platform and how to access the resources with follow-up supports from a UBC point person.
  3. UBC Director/team site visits to get to know preceptors, discuss program updates and gain insight from your experiences (this will happen over the next six months).


Thank you

Once again, we have GynZone subscriptions for clinical faculty. As a thank-you for your work with our students, we are offering 1–2 months of free access to all aspects of GynZone. If you would like to brush up on your perineal repair theory or access any of the many other resources there, please email jane.wines@ubc.ca.

The time each person has access will be dependent on demand, but it should last at least one month.


CPD Midwifery

Medical Disorders and Pregnancy 2024

  • April 20 (Sat) | 8 a.m.–3:10 p.m. PDT | Virtual Conference
    Overview: This popular virtual event returns with a comprehensive agenda, including a focused session reviewing the practice of midwifery, specifically for those with clients that have complex needs: Safety and Sustainability of Midwife-led Care for Childbearing People in BC.
    Up to 6.25 Mainpro+/MOC Section 1 credits

Rural CPD Rounds Series (Midwife-led session on April 4th)
(Midwife-led session on April 4th) Termination of Pregnancy in the Rural Setting.

  • April–June (Thurs)| 8:00 a.m.–9 a.m. PDT | Rounds
    Overview: Tune in next month to learn about the
    Up to 1.0 Mainpro+ credit per session

Island Medicine Conference: Updates, Skills and Networking
Early bird registration ends on April 2 (students welcome)

  • May 3 (Fri) | Add-on Skills Day May 4 | Victoria, BC | In-person Conference
    Overview: The popular Island Medicine Conference returns — covering topics seen by health professionals every day in practice, both on the island and elsewhere. Don't miss the networking reception on May 2 and Skills Day on May 3 — work as a team on managing pessaries, office emergency scenarios and IUD insertion.
    Up to 6.0 Mainpro+/MOC Section 1 credits

Midwifery Documentation Workshop

  • May 7, 21, 28 (Tues) | 12:00 p.m.–1 p.m. | Virtual Workshop
    Overview: Effective documentation is a critical component of midwifery care. Join us for this four-part small group workshop for tailored exercises to improve documentation in your practice. The final part of this learning is a private 45-minute coaching session with a midwife coach, scheduled at your convenience.


Protecting Patients Through Wildfire Season: What You Need to Know

  • May 28 (Tues) | 6:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m. PDT| Webinar
    Overview: This accredited educational session invites highly experienced and knowledgeable medical experts to answer your questions and share their knowledge on the potential harms of wildfire smoke exposure. As a result of attending this webinar, participants will be able to recognize the known and unknown significant health effects of wildfire smoke, identify characteristics that increase susceptibility or vulnerability to health effects, and understand and apply strategies to empower and protect patients at risk of exposure.
    Up to 1.5 Mainpro+/MOC Section 1 credits

12th BC Obesity Society Conference

  • June 1 (Sat) | 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
    This meeting serves as a forum to connect health-care practitioners who share a specific interest in caring for the patient with obesity. Knowledgeable presenters from the obesity discipline will review a broad range of topics on obesity, nutrition and bariatrics. There will also be case-based presentations with experts in the field. We hope you can join us!

We All Have a Role to Play: Increasing Access to Abortion Care in Canada

  • Registration now open - eLearning (English & French) | AnyTime
    Overview: This 90-minute accredited and self-paced course for health professionals who provide sexual and reproductive care explores abortion in Canada. Apply person-centered strategies to overcome barriers hindering abortion care and identify the role you can play in increasing access to optimal abortion care in your community.

Nawh whu’nus’en — We see in two worlds: Trauma sensitive practices for collectively healing in relationship (Level 1)

  • June 17 (Mon) | 5:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
    This workshop introduces trauma-sensitive practices as a basis for offering respectful and appropriate health services for Indigenous peoples. The course supports health professionals to meet provincial standards and expectations around providing culturally safe care, including the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC’s Practice Standard-Indigenous Cultural Safety, Cultural Humility and Anti-Racism.
    Up to 2.75 Mainpro+/MOC Section 1 credits





Teaching Positions

  • We have both short-and long-term teaching positions opening for the 2024-25 academic year. Please check out the website's careers section for postings. Teaching positions will be posted within the next month.

Current openings




UBC Giving Day

  • 'Giving Challenges,' happening hourly on April 4th, are opportunities to make your donation go further and unlock additional funds. Help your favourite cause win Overall Challenges and Time-Based Challenges.



In partnership with UBC Midwifery, the Midwives Association of BC, and Dr. Brian Burtch, over $35,000 was raised to establish the Carol Hird Memorial Award in Midwifery, honouring her impactful legacy.

The award supports UBC Midwifery students pursuing excellence in their studies, prioritizing those from rural or remote areas of BC and/or identifying as First Nations, Inuit, or Métis.

During May, including International Day of the Midwife (May 5th), Dr. Brian Burtch continues fundraising efforts to boost the award. He's committed a substantial gift in his will – with our goal of raising $50,000 to help establish this as an endowed fund.

Every dollar counts. If you’re interested in making a gift, please visit the Carol Hird Memorial Award.


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