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BIOGRAPHY

SOPHIE BENDER JOHNSTON

Boozhoo! Ookishkimaanisii nidizhnikaas, waabizheshkii nidoodem, Neyaashiinigmiing nidonjibaa.

I grew up in my community of Neyaashiinigmiing, part of the Saugeen Ojibwe Nation, which is on the other side of Georgian Bay on the Saugeen Peninsula. I had been interested in supporting birthing people through pregnancy, birth, and postpartum since I heard stories of my great-grandmother who was a midwife in my community. This guided me to doula work and finally the Midwifery Education Program at Ryerson University in Toronto. My training has primarily been in Toronto and Thunder Bay.

I graduated in 2021 and I am so excited to join Midland Midwives as I begin my career as a midwife! Midwifery brings me so much joy and it is such an honour to support clients through such an important time in their lives. I especially love working with Indigenous families to provide culturally safe care, reclaim our birthing and parenting traditions, and bring birth back to our communities. My other interests include baking, (re)learning Anishinaabemowin, and being on the land with my dog.

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