We are two passionate Registered Midwives who have the same goals; Provide you with the best possible care during this so special period of your life in a knowledgeable and respectful manner. We want to listen to your needs, to give you the opportunity to understand your options throughout informed discussions and to respect your choice. Being immigrants ourselves, we believe in the importance of building a trusting relationship and being connected the the community. Our clients have the choice to give birth at home or in a hospital settings. We hold privileges at St-Paul's Hospital in Downtown Vancouver as well as Burnaby Hospital.
Patricia Rohlfs, RM.
I have been working with pregnant families for ten years; as a doula and breastfeeding counselor first, and now as a midwife. My experience includes supporting families from different horizons and cultures, anglophones, francophones, as well as recent immigrants, refugees and women in precarious situations. I have also learned tremendously from the indigenous families I have worked with and feel deep gratitude to have been welcomed in the privacy of so many lives.
My own story involves immigrating to Canada from Europe with my partner in 2000 and having our two children in Vancouver. This was the initial spark that led me to study midwifery at UBC. During that time, I completed placements in a variety of settings from home birth based solo midwifery to a high volume inter-professional, hospital-based team. I also did a 7-week clinical placement in Uganda. This experience keeps pushing me to develop additional skills to work in low resource environments and crisis relief settings.
As a midwife, British Columbia’s model of practice enables me to build trusting relationships with the families I work with. This trust is grounded in mutual respect and listening; it enables me to offer holistic care centered on women’s individual preferences and situation.
Alongside my new position as Assistant Head and site lead for the Department of Midwifery at Saint- Paul’s Hospital, I am thrilled to be working with Marie-Laure to offer midwifery care in English or in French and look forward to meeting you.
Marie-Laure Guillaume, RM.
Since I graduated in France in 2005, I have had the privilege of working in various work environments ranging from community based hospitals to high risk centres pursuing my passion for Midwifery.Influenced by great women and professionals along the way, I was inspired to broaden my knowledge of the profession by learning about the cultural differences around childbirth to better adapt the care for women and better understand them.
This passion led me to practice Midwifery in France (Brittany,Paris ) in New Caledonia, in Nunavik (Northern Quebec) and finally here in British Columbia where I believe midwifery is one of the most advanced in the world.
My partner Gwenael and I moved to Vancouver in 2010. My transition from France to Canada was paved by the completion of the Midwifery Bridging Program (MMBP) and by working alongside with several Midwives in Vancouver. This allowed me to learn from passionate and inspirational professionals and delightful families.
I’m very thrilled to be working with Patricia and offering Midwifery care in English and French and I really look forward to meeting you and continuing to practice the profession that I love!
I am currently focusing on postpartum care, caring for families for six weeks after birth with the idea of providing physical and emotional support as well as sharing my knowledge regarding newborn care, breastfeeding and sexual health.