Nicole Matheson RM, RN, MScN
I believe that midwifery is about empowering women to take charge of their health and trust their bodies to take them on the amazing journey that is birth. My education background prior to midwifery was nursing. I graduated nursing from Lethbridge Community College in 1998 with a Diploma in Nursing. In 2005, I graduated from Athabasca University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and in 2010, I graduated again from Athabasca University with a Masters in Nursing. Finally, I graduated from Midwives College of Utah with an Associate Degree in Midwifery in 2011.
My experience has included teaching prenatal classes as a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, starting and running a local Breastfeeding Support Group, and working with the local physicians and midwifes as a Maternal Child Coordinator providing prenatal care prior to starting midwifery. I have worked with Blessing Way Midwifery in Rocky Mountain House since graduation prior to starting West Country Midwives in 2017. I have also been an active participant in the Alberta Association of Midwives and have been the President since 2015. I am passionate about growing midwifery access in Alberta with a focus on rural communities.
My husband and I have lived, with our four lovely children, in Rocky Mountain House since 2006 and are so excited to have found this beautiful community. We love to go camping in the mountains in the summer. My other hobbies include singing, musical theater, and reading.
Samantha Chisholm RM
I am absolutely thrilled to be part of the wonderful team at West Country Midwives. I am originally from Kenora, Ontario but have always wanted to explore and enjoy all of the beauty Western Canada has to offer. For as long as I can remember, midwifery has been my passion. I began my journey into midwifery as a high school student eager to learn more about the fascinating world of pregnancy and birth. The first high school placement I completed at my hometown midwifery clinic quickly led to a personal and professional commitment. This commitment was to gain the knowledge and skills required to offer all people a safe, supportive, and respectful option for their pregnancy and delivery, especially in under-serviced rural areas. To best achieve this goal, I studied to become a midwife in Sudbury at Laurentian University, which included clinical placements throughout Northern Ontario. In Kenora, I worked at a small community hospital which reinforced my love for rural healthcare. I spent my first year as a midwife in Southern Ontario where I was honoured to be able to deliver countless babies at home, in the water, and in a large hospital setting. I was also able to develop a basic knowledge base of herbal and alternative therapies. Ultimately, my goal is to provide clients with empowering experiences and the confidence to take charge of their health. I continue to grow in my love for midwifery every day and I am constantly amazed in the strength and power that lies in every childbearing person. My other passions include spending time with my partner, enjoying the outdoors, reading, travelling, visiting with family and friends, and playing musical instruments. I feel very lucky to have been welcomed so graciously into the community of Rocky Mountain House. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your journey to parenthood.
I have always been drawn to stories and books involving midwives and strong competent women healers. As a teenager I read many books about midwives and their craft, however, believed midwives only existed in stories. After graduating from high school (and a couple of detours involving travel) I entered the nursing program at Red Deer College. During the second year of the program came my maternity rotation – I fell in love. I loved being at births and appreciated that these woman were healthy – unlike other patients I cared for. I was hooked.
After graduating with my Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2000, I accepted a position on the Maternity unit at Red Deer Regional Hospital. There I cared for women in labor, birth and postpartum. I also met Barb Bodiguel, and began to realize midwifery could be a career path, not just a fairy tail.
As time went on I began to see how birth could be better – informed choice and women centered care was not always what I experienced in the hospital. My nursing career laid a solid foundation for my midwifery passion.
I am so fortunate to be supported by my husband Jonathan. Being a midwife means my family is also committed to my career. My husband and I have 2 beautiful children born at Red Deer Hospital. My daughter under physician care and my son under midwifery care – both great experiences.
In 2013 I took the plunged and enrolled at Midwives College of Utah and in 2014 received by Associated degree in Midwifery. Because my route to midwifery was through the USA, I am considered an international midwife. In 2017 I went onto successfully complete the International Pre-Registration Midwifery program through Ryerson University in Toronto. I am currently completing my New Registrant year (first year of practice) In Thunder Bay Ontario with Maternity Care Midwives.
I am excited to join the practice of West Country Midwives this spring for a few weeks in May and June. In September my family and I will be moving to the community of Rocky Mountain House permanently. We are looking forward to being back in central Alberta and closer to family and friends.