Lee was born and raised in Zimbabwe, Africa. She came to Canada in 1992 to attend university, where she achieved a Bachelor of Science with a major in biology and minor in psychology. Lee has always had an interest in health care, specifically in promoting and contributing to women's health and community wellness. During her university studies, Lee attended an information session about a midwifery training program - she knew then that she wanted to be a midwife!
A number of years later, Lee and her husband moved to Dublin, Ireland. She completed a 4-year midwifery program at Trinity College, Dublin, and qualified with a B.Sc. in Midwifery. She returned to Canada and settled in Kamloops, BC, where she has been practising as a Registered Midwife since August 2016. Lee has had the great privilege of learning from many incredible women along the way - at a midwife-led birth unit in Scotland, at a midwife-led birthing clinic in the Philippines, through the UBC Midwifery Bridging Program and with the Kamloops midwives. These experiences have reinforced her love for midwifery and the desire to promote women's health internationally as well as in Canada. Lee is grateful for the wisdom and knowledge that has been shared with her by the many midwives and birthing women she has learned from.
Lee values women, their strengths and their abilities. She believes that childbearing is a beautiful and transformative life journey, and recognizes the profound and lasting effects it can have on women and their families. Lee's hope is always that she will contribute to each woman's experience of pregnancy, birth and being a mother in such a way that they feel strengthened, supported, and confident, and that they discover and trust in their own ability and strength.
When Lee is not learning about or practising midwifery, she loves to spend time with her husband and friends - being together, making and eating good food and playing good music together.
Lee and her husband enjoy canoeing, hiking and camping in the summer, and generally delight in the beautiful outdoors with each other. They also enjoy travelling and experiencing other cultures.
Being creative is restorative for Lee, and she has tried her hands at pottery and painting. She loves music, and enjoys playing the piano and percussion when she can. Lee currently has plans to learn to play the beautiful cello... and then maybe the violin/fiddle! She also just loves to sit on the couch with a restorative cup of tea in hand and watch a good movie!
"I am grateful, and feel incredibly honoured, to share in your birth journeys. I look forward to meeting you!"