Sivan Bar-Sever

SIVAN Bar-Sever

I have always been passionate about women's health, particularly family-centred care and self-empowerment through one's health, and my discovery of midwifery seemed to encapsulate these core beliefs and philosophies. Since 2000, I have been following a strong calling to be a midwife. I began as a doula providing emotional and physical support both privately and through a nonprofit organization that offered services to marginalized and new immigrant populations. I then worked as a midwives' assistant at a birth centre in Montreal, as homebirth was not yet legal in Quebec. In 2002 I was accepted to UBC's midwifery program in the year of its inception. During my degree I had the opportunity to work with other midwives, family doctors, obstetricians and pediatricians in a variety of settings. Part of my education involved an international placement in Zambia. I also have training in Reiki and Shiatsu (acupressure) for midwives.

After graduating, I worked in a busy urban practice in Calgary, Alberta gaining valuable experience with high rates of homebirth and waterbirth. I was mentored by senior midwives, furthering my knowledge of alternative therapy during the perinatal period.

I have been a midwife in this area since 2010 and really feel blessed to be a part of this community. I have 2 kids and in my free time I enjoy the outdoors, permaculture gardening, music, baking and snowboarding.