Why I Became a Midwife – Kirsten Taylor

From a very young age I was fascinated with pregnant people. I would constantly make my dolls pregnant, stuffing the tiny clothes creating a soft ‘baby’ bump. I considered it some strange magic!
Growing up in Nova Scotia, Midwives seemed like lore, and it wasn’t until I was in my second year at University I revisited the definition of midwifery upon hearing it during a developmental psychology course. I immediate went back to my dorm and looked up everything I could find! Within minutes of realizing it was a recognized profession, I was convinced and decided that would be my career. I told my mother soon thereafter, clearly very excited.
I did a lot of volunteer work with marginalized families in Halifax, NS and was always amazed and encouraged by the strength and perseverance I found in within the dynamics of a newborn and its parent. I became a Midwife because I wanted to continue working with families, and population who would most benefit from this extra level of care and support. I started the Midwifery Education Programme at McMaster University in 2012, after completing my first degree. I am still thankful of my introduction to midwifery in that surprising way. Fun fact, Midwifery in Nova Scotia become legislated in 2009, which is the same year I rediscovered it!