Zahra is a solo midwife who has her own practice in Burnaby – Metrotown Midwifery. She is Greenway’s back up midwife. If Grace is sick or on vacation and unable to attend your birth, Zahra would step in. Zahra also goes by the name Jouanna.
Zahra’s (Jouanna’s) Bio:
My interest in midwifery began in my childhood when I witnessed my mother giving birth to my siblings at home. Coming from a family of 6 children, I have seen the beauty and importance of pregnancy and childbirth in my own life and felt so deeply in love with it. Therefore I tried to pursue my passion and decided at a young age that I wanted to become a midwife. I passed the National Iranian Exam at the age of 18, and was accepted Kurdistan University of Medical Science, and completed a bachelor’s degree in 2002.
I came to midwifery with a commitment to working with women from all parts of society. I started working in a remote rural health center, providing primary care to families with low socioeconomic status for 2 years. In 2004, I started working in Milad Hospital in Tehran that belongs to a welfare organization. It is worth mentioning Milad Hospital is the most well-known and biggest hospital in the Middle East to which all complicated cases are referred.
In January of 2018, I was accepted to Internationally Educated Midwifery Bridging Program at UBC and moved to Vancouver. I feel very privileged to be a midwife and have the ability to serve clients in English, Farsi, and Kurdish. I believe that pregnancy and birth are engraved in women’s body and after many years of supporting women and their families as they give birth, I still feel inspired by the mother‘s strength and feel excited to witness every baby’s first breath.