Midwifery Bios

Alescia Richardson

I was born and raised in Ontario, but had long awaited the opportunity to move to British Columbia. In the year 2000 I attend the University of Waterloo where I graduated with a degree in Sociology and a minor in Sexuality, Marriage and the Family.

After graduating I became trained as a Doula and quickly gained experience by volunteering on a labour and delivery floor at my local Hospital. It was during this time as a Doula that I realized that I wanted and needed to do more.

In 2005 I traveled to Romania and volunteered at a Failure to Thrive Clinic. Here I provided care and love to a dozen plus infants who were abandoned and malnourished. This experience opened my eyes even wider, reminding me that caring hearts and patience can make a world of difference.

Shortly after I returned from Romania I started the Midwifery Education Program at Ryerson University in Toronto. It is now with great honour that I join with my colleagues at West Coast Health Collective, in your journey through this magical and challenging transformation called Motherhood.

I look forward to being a part of your childbirth experience.

Carolyn Hostinsky

While I always knew that I wanted to work with women in some capacity, my desire to become a midwife came about somewhat serendipitously. I had just graduated from university with a B.A. in Psychology and Women Studies and was debating what I wanted to do. During this time, a friend described to me a birth experience and something clicked: I thought to myself, what would it be like to be part of that? What would it be like to become a midwife? Ever since then, I involved myself quickly in the birthing community, and in it, I found a home. I love being around pregnant women, babies and their families! I especially love bearing witness to the profound rite of passage that birth and parenting is and how it transforms the family. Birth is a momentous occasion and I gain deep satisfaction providing support.
I started my midwifery journey by becoming a doula (someone who provides emotional labour support) and through that provided support to a wide range of families. While doing doula work was fulfilling, I knew I wanted more, and it was shortly after that, that I applied to the midwifery program at UBC. In the meantime, I continued with my training by taking the Birthing From Within®, A Safe Passage, birth counselling training courses, as well as the Breastfeeding Class for Health Care Professionals at Douglas College.

I encourage parents to discover their own path and to experience the journey of parenthood with mindfulness and self-compassion. I feel that my role as a midwife is to help families discover their own inner resources and strength. I see my role as guide, not as decision maker. I believe that childbirth preparation is not just about preparing oneself for labour, but also about preparing oneself for the changes of identity and roles that the pregnancy and birth bring. I honour the entirety of your experience.

Originally from Vancouver, I have now lived in Abbotsford for several years and currently live in Mission. My husband and I bought a beautiful property with 2 acres of forest; being so close to nature and working on our property brings us tremendous joy. My husband and I also enjoy going for walks and hikes with our dog Kasha. I love to cook, adore reading, and when I have the time, make a variety of arts and crafts.

Abigail Ndukwe

I was born and raised in Vancouver BC. Growing up around so much nature and life, I was almost predisposed to fall in love with just that. Life. This love for life brought me to a university career where I majored in Biology and minored in Psychology at Trinity Western University. The more I learned, the more I fell in love with life and what makes life meaningful. After completing my first degree in 2010 I wanted more. I wanted to use my knowledge and my love for life and for people. I also wanted to use my love to love on people. When I came across midwifery I automatically knew this was where I belonged. As a woman who loved life, there was no better place for me than with humans who were MAKING it! From there my love grew more, along with a passion to provide a safe, knowledgeable, empowering and loving space for life to sprout out of life itself!

This brought me to Ryerson University where I graduated in 2014 with a health sciences degree in midwifery. Although there were many things about Ontario I loved, my heart brought me back to my roots – British Columbia. I found myself working as a midwife in Abbotsford and have been here ever since! My journey has led me to West Coast Health Collective (WCHC) where I am happy to be surrounded with like minded/hearted people also living their dreams and passions. I am so blessed to be here and am honored to be brought into the lives had and being made by those seeking care at WCHC.

In addition to journeying with many women and cuddling newborns, I love to live life through physical activity, arts and crafts and spending time with loved ones. If you can’t find me biking or fishing, I’m most likely painting or knitting or having a good old games night with friends and family.

I look forward to meeting you, caring for you, and ultimately experiencing life together for some time!

Kelsey Peppler

I knew from a young age that I wanted to be a midwife. It was one of my teachers who first introduced me to midwifery and launched my interest in the profession. As soon as I started researching the ins and outs about what midwives do, I was hooked. I knew this was the right fit for me and couldn’t wait to be a part of the most special day of a parent’s life.

I was born and raised in Ontario and completed most of my midwifery training in Sudbury with placements in Guelph and Sault Ste. Marie. I had always dreamed about the possibility of moving out west to the mountains and am beyond excited for the opportunity to do so.

In my spare time, I love to go hiking, camping and take my dog Ginny for walks. I have a passion for music and I also have a huge sense of adventure and love exploring new places.

Brittany Stewart

My interest in midwifery began with a part-time summer job I stumbled upon as an administrative assistant for my local midwifery clinic. At that point in my life I was pretty naïve as to what a career in midwifery entailed, so I took to the clinic library and became quickly fascinated. I was completing my Kinesiology degree at the time and began to notice a switch in the research I was doing. I started gearing all papers and projects towards anything pregnancy and/or newborn related. Around that time, I knew that not only was I passionate about the health science behind pregnancy and childbirth, but that I also wanted to help empower and advocate for women during this momentous time in their lives.

I was born and raised in Langley BC. I completed my Bachelors of Kinesiology from the University of the Fraser Valley in 2013. Shortly afterwards, I made the move to Calgary where I attained my midwifery education from Mount Royal University. I had the pleasure of working with many fantastic midwives and women from across Alberta and also had the privilege to become involved in maternity care while in the Bahamas.

In my spare time I love to be active, and am happiest playing sports, snowboarding, or hiking. I also cannot resist a good games night!

It is an honour for me to be a part of this sacred time in your life. I am looking forward to meeting and learning more about you and your family.