AN UPDATE FROM KATIE:
I am thrilled to announce that on September 12th, 2013, the Board of Directors of SJGH in Comox reconsidered its January 2013 decision, and approved my application for hospital locum privileges as a registered midwife!
This decision comes after 7.5 months of discussions between myself and SJGH, and after an astounding and heart-warming display of community support. The monetary donations and fundraising initiatives that contributed financial support to my legal fund allowed me to continue to work and live in my home community during this difficult time. I am truly grateful for all the words of support and encouragement that kept me motivated, and demonstrated a strong support for access to midwifery care in the Comox Valley.
I am expecting my first baby later this fall, and as I settle into preparations and “nesting” for the new and exciting journey of parenting, it means so much to have this issue resolved, and to look forward to continuing to live and work in this wonderful community beyond my year of maternity leave.
To my dedicated coworkers (and their families!), who went above and beyond to continue to provide continuity of care to our clients, working many hours beyond their regular schedules over the past 7 months… Thank you!
To the women and families who are our clients, for their patience, understanding, and support… Thank you!
To the hard-working, ever-enthusiastic individuals and groups who fundraised and organized to bring us to where we are today, having achieved an amicable agreement between both parties, and leaving only minimal legal fees not covered by fundraising: Arzeena Hamir, Tasha Archer, Shawna Robertson, Moss Dance, Rhiannon Webb, Emma Kwasnica, Advocates for Birth Choice in the Comox Valley, Natalie DeGoey, Kalina Christoff, Rory Robinson, and Amber White… Thank you!
To all of the individuals who donated funds via the fundraising website, and each and every person who offered words of support, and helped to spread the word…Thank you!
I look forward to enjoying these last weeks before my maternity leave begins working unhindered in my community, able to provide care to my clients wherever they chose to birth, and to returning to work again here when my maternity leave is complete.
Blessings, thanks, and love to you all,
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