Why I became a midwife – Sarah Leslie

Why I Became a Midwife - Sarah LeslieSarah Leslie
“I grew up with nurses and midwives in my immediate family and after attending several births of family members I knew I was hooked! It started when, at the age of 7, I went to my sister’s birth and witnessed the raw intimacy and the power of what a person’s body could do. As I grew up watching my mother become a midwife I saw her connecting with families, sharing information and being a witness to change and personal growth. She used to do clinic in my bedroom which I found annoying as a teenager, but now looking back, think it was pretty amazing. I then went to a few births as a teenager where my aunt was giving birth. One snowy night, with the back up on her way, my mother and I delivered one of my cousins on our own. The rush of adrenaline and the sheer wonder of a new person being born was where I fell in love with the birthing process. The strength, resilience, and determination that my aunt had was awe inspiring and I wanted to be a part of the experience again! Over the next several years at university I kept taking classes in women’s studies and the social determinants of health. So when I graduated I felt that applying to midwifery school was the next logical step for me. It has been quite an amazing path to walk, trip and run down! Now that I have been a midwife for many years, the thing that keeps me coming back for more is the opportunity to work in my community. It is such a personally enriching experience to work with my clients over several births within their family. The community feeling at Michael Garron Hospital is also so inspiring and I have felt so fortunate to have had the administration, nurses and doctors welcome us into this space. The newest community that is so very sweet is the Toronto Birth Centre where at any given time there can be three different midwives, from three different practices helping people give birth. The opportunity to ask each other questions, to help out with something challenging and to have a tea after our births at the kitchen table is so lovely and heartwarming.”