The First Nations Health Authority has 2 contract positions available for midwives in North Vancouver Island, serving Midwifery clinics in Port Hardy and/or Port McNeill, Kwakwaka’wakw Outreach Program, and in community. These contract positions also include funded clinic space, MOA and some funding for local work-related travel.
The components of this role include provision of clinical midwifery care and non-clinical work including collaborating with Kwakwaka’wakw Maternal Child and Family Health Program as well as offering education to acute care nurses, other health care providers and doulas. These roles also involve community-based education to support families and outreach to local First Nations communities.
The midwife will provide comprehensive prenatal, intrapartum and postpartum care, in the Mt. Waddington area. The midwife will also ensure that these clinical services are provided in a culturally safe and appropriate way to the local First Nations communities in the north island region. The midwives will share call coverage, with at least one midwife on call at any given time.
The successful midwife will collaborate with other practitioners to meet the care needs of mother and baby, whether the birth is planned to take place locally on the north island or requires a higher level of care at another site on Vancouver Island. The midwife will work collaboratively with other midwives to serve this area.
This unique midwifery opportunity, providing clinical care, leadership activities and educational support to other health care providers, will be especially appealing to midwives seeking diversity in their work, and who have keen interest in serving a predominantly indigenous population.
There is a requirement that the successful Midwife will register for and complete the San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety training available through PHSA within 6 months.
Start Date: As soon as possible
2 full-time positions available.
Subject to availability and eligibility, Registered Midwives may be able to access rural benefits through the Midwives Association of British Columbia (MABC).
Located on the northeastern coast of Vancouver Island, the communities of Port McNeill and Port Hardy offer year-round recreational activities in a natural wilderness with large expanses of undeveloped coastline.
The combined population of the communities is approximately 6,800 residents. With regularly scheduled daily flights from Port Hardy, Vancouver is less than an hour away. Combining this with a good highway, you can live and work close to nature, while enjoying ease of access to larger centres.
For additional information, visit: https://www.porthardy.ca/ and https://portmcneill.ca/.
Mt. Waddington region (Port Hardy Hospital, Port McNeill Hospital)
Please send CV, cover letter to:
Celina Callaghan, Medical Staff Recruiter
Vancouver Island Health Authority
Eligible for full licensure with the College of Midwives of BC
Eligible for privileges at Port McNeill and Port Hardy Hospitals
Additional Certifications & Training: as per BCCNM requirements in General
Current experience in rural/remote obstetrics skills is an asset.