Meet the Midwives

Heidi Coughlin

I first became interested in becoming a midwife when I was on a missions trip in Kenya with my dad (a doctor) who was put in charge of high risk obstetrics. One night a pregnant women was in a car accident and had to go to the operating room for an emergency cesarean section. It was not safe for me to stay home alone, so I went with my dad and sat outside the operating room. When the surgeon walked by he told me to scrub in as they needed extra hands. My dad shook his head no and said, "she faints at the sight of blood and throws up when others throw up." I went into the operating room and it was life changing. The baby was born premature and was little, but alive and thriving. The next day I spent her time helping feed/care for the baby while the mother of the baby healed. It didn't take long before I was spending every day after school and started working with the nurse-midwives who cared for all the low risk women.

After high school I took my Bachelor of Nursing at the University of Alberta. I worked for a year in Labor & Delivery at the Grey Nuns and 9 years in Labor and Delivery at the Royal Alexandra Hospital. While working as a nurse, I taught prenatal classes, birthed my daughter Emma, attended many midwifery conferences, and joined the Aspiring Midwives of Edmonton. When my daughter started grade one, it was finally time for both my husband Jason and I to pursue our dreams. I graduated from midwifery school Spring 2010 and Jason is a family doctor at Synergy Wellness Center in Sherwood Park.

The name HOPE stands for "Helping Others by Prayer and Encouragement". It is my belief that pregnancy is an amazing gift and a gentle birth is the best gift that you can give your baby. No matter what your story...there is HOPE!

I am a mom, a wife, a Christian and I love home birth. I am all about choice and am dedicated to undisturbed birth. My hobbies include: running, photography, going out to eat, going to movies, going to the spa, scuba diving, traveling, sewing, planning/hosting parties, and hanging out with friends.

I look forward to getting to know you and your family!

Tara Tilroe

My initial fascination with pregnancy and childbirth began early on in my life as I read my mom's "hippy" childbirth books, in which pregnancy and birth were portrayed as normal, natural, wonderful events. That perspective and my awe of a woman's ability to "grow" a baby followed me into my teens, and when considering future career options, I identified my desire to work with women through pregnancy and childbirth, by educating, supporting true choice, and celebrating triumph in whatever form it comes.

In addition to this focus, the birth of my three children at home with midwives served to confirm my deeply held belief that birth is powerful, transformational, and should be defined as “normal” for low-risk women. The altering effect of pregnancy and childbirth – and the triumph of accomplishing what was felt to be impossible - is something that I believe impacts family bonding and the relationship between spouses. My desire to see women treated with respect and compassion, and for parents to have truly informed choice led me to begin my midwifery studies, which I completed in May of 2011.

Midwifery care is about so much more than measuring tummies and catching babies, although that is certainly a joyful part of my job! It is truly about walking alongside women who are becoming mothers and supporting them through this transformational time. The memories of experiences in pregnancy and childbirth stay with each woman in a unique way and I believe is vital for women to have the opportunity to explore their options, make the decisions that are right for them and their families, and to take ownership of their choices.

When I'm not baby catching, I love lifting weights, doing yoga, playing piano, reading and knitting/crocheting.

Brianne Luscombe

I am a mother of three wonderful girls. It wasn’t even until the pregnancy of my first daughter that I learned about midwifery. I am the oldest of 5 children and thought I understood pregnancy and birth and the options available. However, it was my husband that opened my eyes to the options of midwifery care. My love for choices, information, discussions, and home birth instantly took shape. From that moment I couldn’t get enough of the birth world and started down the path towards becoming a midwife.

My previous career was massage therapy, and I loved working with different clients and seeing the growth and healing effects massage has. My massage career led me to do prenatal and postpartum massage therapy, where I eventually became a doula. I encourage massage throughout pregnancy, postpartum and life in general. When possible, I enjoy incorporating massage as a tool available during labor.

I grew up in Ontario and moved to Edmonton in 2009. My husband is military, and we started our family in Edmonton. We moved back to Ontario so I could attend midwifery school at Laurentian University and did placements at rural practices within Ontario. My final year of school, I worked on the Alongside Midwifery Unit which is the new midwifery led unit at Markham-Stouffville Hospital. It was a great learning experience to work in such a wonderful team environment, and at such a ground breaking unit.

For me, midwifery is about supporting couples become families, women become moms, and watching the growth in people. I believe labor takes strength and trust; trust that your body knows what to do and the strength to let go. Midwifery is the balance between helping you trust your body and knowing when to intervene to assist you. I found as a client and a midwife, the biggest way to trust your body or have the strength to make tough decisions is to understand you options. I believe the knowing your midwife and informed choice discussions helps you make the choices that are best for your family. I love midwifery, I love learning each persons wishes, I love feeling bellies, and I love listening to every fetal heart beat. I really love seeing the strength of women and couples as they become a family.

My family is 3 young girls who love the outdoors. I have a love for mountains, rock climbing, and being active. I am looking forward to family camping, hiking, bike rides and lots of book reading. I have missed Edmonton, and am excited to be back, where everything started for me.

Heather Beaudoin

I was called to become a midwife long before I even knew what a midwife was. My earliest memories all revolve around a fascination with pregnancy, birth and especially the creation of families.

As a teenager I had an “ah-ha” moment that planted the first seed of my plans to become a midwife. A dear friend attended the homebirth of a family she nannied for. In her retelling of that experience, what I remember most clearly are her words describing how amazing it was to watch the labouring mother maintain “control” over how her labour and birth unfolded. I said to myself; “Yes, that is how every birth should be!”

After raising my three own homebirth babies, my family journeyed across the country to support my dream of studying to become a midwife in Ontario. Now settled back in our hometown of Edmonton, I am delighted to be offering midwifery care focussed on preserving the sacred nature of childbirth as a normal, non-medical miracle.

When I’m not catching babies you will very likely find me curled up with a good book, drinking a cup of chai or strolling in Edmonton’s beautiful ravines.