My name is Vera Berard and I am the founder and owner of Midwifery Care North Shore. My colleagues and I feel privileged to be a part of the life process of birth and are committed to helping each woman have a beautiful and empowering experience.
My journey with birth, childbearing women and their families began approximately 30 years ago when I completed my initial nursing and midwifery education in South Africa. I immigrated to Vancouver, Canada in 1982 where I worked as a nurse, childbirth educator, and a midwife at BC Women’s Hospital. I was also one of the founding midwives responsible for negotiating BC’s first midwifery contract and for establishing BC Women’s Midwifery Department. I am a strong advocate for women having informed choice during childbearing and for supporting the physiological processes of labor, birth and breastfeeding, including mother and baby-friendly initiatives.
I have been registered as a BC midwife since 1998 and during this time I have mentored a number of BC midwives that are now practicing independently at various locations on the North Shore and throughout the province. I have a Master’s of Midwifery Practice from Thames Valley University, London, UK and an assistant clinical professorship from the University of British Columbia’s Midwifery Education Program. I have been an active member of Lions Gate Hospital’s medical staff for over 19 years and an associate member of BC Women’s Hospital. For over a decade, I have participated in provincial and Vancouver Coastal Health women-centered and baby-friendly activities, including the North Shore annual breastfeeding celebration that promotes support for breastfeeding babies and mothers in the community.
I attribute my practice’s success to the women that we have been privileged to serve; my colleagues and office staff who have worked with me, as well as the collaborative support of Vancouver Coastal Health’s multi-disciplinary team (nurses, midwives, family doctors, counselors, lactation consultants and specialists) at Lions Gate Hospital and in the community; my own persevering, warm and enthusiastic nature and the loving support of my husband, daughter and our family dog. I also appreciate the compassionate example of sustainable living that Quayside Village Co-housing Community provides and I am pleased to share these values with women and their families.