Hello! My name is Sarah Bjorgan and I am the Midwife at Port Alberni Midwifery Clinic.
It is a true honor to journey with others in their childbearing years. My favorite part of being a Midwife is that I get to meet people I would not have had the chance to otherwise and in such an important time. I get to see the strength of people through transitions and challenges which are all for the love of a little one.
I come to Port Alberni from Victoria where I grew up. I worked as a Registered Massage Therapist for 8 years there and then I went to UBC for Midwifery. I spent my school placements in Victoria and Surrey BC and had a variety of experiences from solo Midwifery practices, large clinics, observing and assisting Obstetrician, General Physicians, Nurses and Child and Youth care workers.
Previous to having kids, I played field hockey, softball as much as possible. Now I am kept busy with work and my family but I do find time to enjoy my garden, play guitar and cook from scratch now and then.
Please call, look through our website, or book an appointment to meet me and learn if Midwifery care is for you. I look forward to serving you and this community.
I was born and spent most of my early life in Canada but moved to the States after marrying an American almost twenty years ago. My life-long interest in birth and babies probably began when I attended the (physician attended) home birth of my younger brother at the age of two, but it was not until after the births of my own six children (now ages 12 to 24) that I became a midwife. The patient, personal, capable, and compassionate care that I received from each of my midwives continues to inspire me in my own career.
I worked as a midwife for several years in the Cincinnati, Ohio area, specializing in home birth and water birth. I also spent three years as a medical missionary at a very busy charitable birth center in Davao City, Philippines. During my time in the Philippines I traveled to teach workshops to midwives and health workers in remote mountain villages, and was part of an international team providing safe birth care at a disaster-area field clinic in a community devastated by Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda.
My family returned to Canada in 2017, and in 2019 I completed UBC’s Internationally Educated Midwives Bridging Program. For my new registrant year, I’ll be working with Sarah Bjorgan at Port Alberni Midwifery Clinic. Caring for families as they welcome new babies is a sacred trust and deeply meaningful work. I am honoured to be able to do this important work on the unceded ancestral lands of the Hupačasath, Tseshaht, and other Nuu-chah-nulth Nations.