My name is Carolyn Hostinsky, and here is a little bit of information about me. While I always knew that working with women in some capacity was important to me, my desire to become a midwife came about somewhat serendipitously. After having graduated from university with a B.A. in Psychology and Women Studies, I was uncertain about which direction to go in. 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, a home was found. Being around pregnant women, babies and their families has been so rewarding! 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.
My midwifery journey began 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, it wasn’t enough for me, and it was shortly thereafter that I applied to the midwifery program at UBC. In the meantime, I continued with my training by certifying in Birthing From Within® childbirth education method, certified with 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. My calling as a midwife is to help families discover their own inner resources and strength; my role is one 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. Honouring the entirety of your experience is one of my most important acts as a midwife. I am pleased to be able to offer midwifery care in French and Spanish in addition to English.
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. We also enjoy going for walks and hikes. Passions of mine are to cook, read, and when I have the time, make a variety of arts and crafts.