About Origins Midwifery

Origins Midwifery provide compassionate client-centered care with a focus on prevention and health-promotion. Origins Midwifery respect our client’s uniqueness, providing individualized care for all we serve. We pride ourselves with informed choice, continuity of care, choice of birthplace and evidence-based practice. As primary health providers we collaborative with other health professionals if needed, to offer safe and effective care for the client and the family. Origins Midwifery believe parents are empowered through their experience of pregnancy and birth.

The Team

Theresa Barrett

OWNER/FOUNDER REGISTERED MIDWIFE

Midwifery has been an important part of my life ever since I could remember. I was born at home through the gentle hands of a midwife in Ghana, West Africa and have always had a fondness for the emotional, spiritual and physical components of childbirth. I’ve been a Registered Midwife in the Province of Alberta since 2004 and have travelled with hundreds of women on their birthing journey. I started my education at the U of C obtaining a Bio Science Degree; I then began my midwifery education at the University of Brighton in the UK and finally graduated from the Seattle Midwifery School in Washington State. I completed my international practicum on the beautiful island of St. Lucia in the Caribbean.

The diverse cultural, ethnic and social background of my clients has allowed me to gain great appreciation for the women I have cared for and is the basis for my strong conviction in completely individualized care. It also re-affirms my belief that birth is one of the most wonderful and natural parts of life.

I am a mother of 2 wonderful boys with an amazing husband who has been with me through my wonderful journey of Midwifery and more. I look forward to meeting you and being part of your wonderful birth journey.

Janna Miller

REGISTERED MIDWIFE

Twenty-eight years ago, I observed my first birth; an extraordinary midwife attended waterbirth in London, England.  Now after 22 years of practising midwifery, I continue to be awed by the power and beauty of birth, as well as observing families grow deeply during this life transition.

I recognize the important role midwives play in health care, and actively accept the responsibilities and joys that come with this important work. I am passionate about providing informed choice, family centered care and I strongly promote bodily autonomy.

I have had the privilege of working in Oregon, Miami, and Jamaica as a student midwife. Upon returning to Canada, I relocated to Central Alberta where I completed my education as an apprentice midwife. I am grateful for my rural midwifery experience as a student and newly practicing midwife.

I have birthed 2 wonderful boys into this world, who bring me great joy.

“You are a midwife.  You are assisting at someone else’s birth.  Do good without show or fuss.  Facilitate what is happening, not what you think is happening.  If you must take the lead, lead so that the mother is helped, yet still free and in charge.  When the baby is born, the mother will rightly say, we did it ourselves.”  Lao Tzu

Emi Koleva

Registered MIDWIFE

I have always been fascinated with pregnancy and childbirth but I never imagined that this fascination had the potential to turn into a career. My post-secondary journey began with a degree in business but it didn’t take me long to realize that the business world wasn’t for me. After working in marketing for a few years I decided to take some time off to start my own family and was blessed with three amazing kids. It was during this time that my passion for pregnancy and birth was reignited and I began to reevaluate my career options and persue a degree in Midwifery. After graduating from the Midwifery program at Mount Royal University in my home city of Calgary, I spent a few years working in the Edmonton area. I am thrilled for the opportunity to return home to serve families of Calgary, Okotoks, and the surrounding areas. 

When I’m not busy catching babies I enjoy taking part in outdoor activities including skiing, hiking and golfing, while evenings are reserved for Latin dancing, karaoke, or just relaxing at home with a good Netflix series. 

The road to parenthood is one of the most memorable times in a person’s life and I feel truly honored for the opportunity to be part of your journey. 

Sabryna
Harvey

STDENT MIDWIFE

I am a 3rd year Midwifery student at Mount Royal University. I have grown up alongside of, and have worked in the social work field mostly with at risk youth, or those with special needs, and their families for about 11 years in the Calgary area, as well as in the United States. I studied General Science at the University of Guelph in Ontario prior to embarking on my midwifery journey.

My love for midwifery came quite unexpectedly as I was originally applying for the Athletic Therapy program at Mount Royal. I was given an opportunity to shadow a Registered Midwife in Calgary, and was able to get some hands-on experience finding fetal heartbeats, practice identifying fetal positions, and a chance to talk with some clients about why they chose to have a midwife. On the drive home I was so overjoyed that I cried because I truly felt that becoming a midwife was my calling. The foundational beliefs around midwifery care for women and their families is something I strongly connect with and believe in. I am eager to help support each individual and their families through their own powerful journey.

In my spare time I try to get out to the mountains as much as possible with my partner (Robert) and my dog (Stanley) either fly fishing, hiking, camping, skiing, or snowshoeing. I really love to get in touch with nature as I find that it truly grounds me. I have a bit of a green thumb and enjoy tending to my plants or garden and when I get the chance – my collection of house plants has more than tripled since the pandemic began. When/ if the time permits, I love to curl up with a good mystery novel – arguably I will read an entire book or two in one sitting if left unattended. I am very excited to be working alongside the midwives at Origins and under the guidance of Theresa this semester!  

Carissa Murray

REGISTERED MIDWIFE
(Maternity Leave)

I was born and raised in the Calgary area, living on my family’s acreage near De Winton for most of my life. I graduated from Mount Royal University in spring 2018 and I have recently completed my New Registrant year as a midwife working in Medicine Hat and Brooks. Now I am excited to be returning to my home town to join Origins Midwifery and serve clients in Okotoks, De Winton, High River, Nanton, Priddis, Black Diamond, Turner Valley and other rural areas of Foothills MD as well as the South quadrant of Calgary.

I first felt drawn to midwifery while I studied with a local midwife and herbalist in Belize. Shortly after, I began working toward my doula certification in 2010. Then my husband, Michael, and I welcomed our lovely daughter, Oestara, into the world in 2011. Having midwifery care for our pregnancy and birth reinforced midwifery as my true calling. At that point I began to work toward becoming a midwife by reading, researching, attending workshops and starting my studies at MRU in 2013. In summer 2016, we were blessed with another child, our son Zephyr, born at peacefully home in water. I took a year off of my studies to care for my family before returning to finish the program with MRU.

As a birth worker, I strongly believe in both community and autonomy and I feel that it is important to provide families with supportive, compassionate care so that they can make the choices that are right for them. Thank you for this opportunity to be involved in your journey!

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