Susan VanOs, R.M.
I have been a midwife in BC since 2005. I was one of the first students admitted to the UBC Midwifery Program and in the first graduating class; Sharon was my classmate! I was very
fortunate during my training to be the first midwifery student to work with Maternal Fetal Medicine at the BC Women's Hospital and the Atepartum Care at Home program in the South Fraser Valley.
I have worked in the communities of Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, and the Tri-Cities since becoming a Registered Midwife. I represented midwives at Royal Columbian and Ridge Meadows hospital during my tenure as site head of midwifery prior to the regionalization of obstetrics and gynecology in the Fraser Health Authority. I have participated as a member of the Morbidity and Mortality Review Committee, and the FHA Quality Assurance and Code Pink Committees, UBC Midwifery Program admissions committee and worked as an item writer for the Canadian Midwifery Consortium Exam Committee for several years.
Prior to attending midwifery school, I worked for 13 years as a doula, childbirth educator and breastfeeding support person.
I am a mother of four wonderful children and grandmother of two. When I am not working I can usually be found on a mountain somewhere hiking or skiing depending on the time of year, or spending time with my dogs. I am an avid reader, knitter and currently learning the new skill of spinning yarn.
I have worked throughout my midwifery career to support women and their families in achieving the pregnancy, labour and birth experiences they desire. I see myself as a guardian of normal
birth however a woman defines that, assist in the transition to new or expanding motherhood, and am excited to begin a new chapter in my life supporting the women and families of Abbotsford and its environs.