It has been a great pleasure to get to know Carrie Sizer, Registered Midwife of Vernon Midwifery. Carrie is new to Vernon, recently moved from the UK last summer and is working with Sylvia Nicholson at North Okanagan Midwifery. She recently opened a beautiful office in the Alpine Centre off Kalamalka Lake Road and is accepting new patients!
Carrie and Sylvia provide care for pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period for women anticipating normal, low risk pregnancies and births. They attend women at their labour and birth at home as well as in hospital.
Their services are covered entirely by the BC medical services plan (MSP) but they say not to worry if you don’t have MSP, midwifery care is available to private clients too.
Carrie and Sylvia strive to provide care that is evidence based, non-authoritarian, supports informed choice and that recognizes the woman as the primary decision-maker. Read more about midwifery care here.
Take a tour of Carrie’s office below and enjoy the art on the walls provided by Otylia Photography.
“My husband and I feel very lucky to have found Paulina to document the final days of our twin pregnancy and the beginning of our adventure with our new babies. Paulina has a remarkable eye for capturing the joy and beauty of maternity, resulting in gorgeous photos that captured the hope and promise we felt in the days leading up to our twin’s birth. In their newborn photos, she was able to showcase our baby’s first interactions as brother and sister and their unique personalities at a very young age. Breastfeeding has been a beautiful part of our journey as a growing family, and as a nurse and doula, Paulina made me feel comfortable and at ease as she captured stunning photos of me nursing our newborn twins. Paulina has a true talent for capturing life’s special moments and we will always treasure the precious images that she took for our family.”
“We came across Paulina through a friend and instantly fell in love with her work. She was the perfect choice of photographer for our Squamish woodland wedding. Being a little camera shy, I was nervous about the idea of working with a photographer. In the end I was grateful to have had Paulina’s calm and reassuring presence with me throughout the day. Callum was hesitant about the expense of hiring a professional photographer – we both agree that it was truly invaluable. We continually re-live the magic with all of our family and friends through Paulina’s talented lens.
We can’t thank Paulina (and her fantastic assistant Jeff) enough. They worked tirelessly and passionately to capture the emotion and excitement of the big day in a unique and stunning way. Far exceeding our expectations. The visual story that Paulina tells includes artistic attention to detail and many candid moments. We thoroughly enjoyed her company and appreciate that she provided us with a fun, authentic and intimate portrayal of our wedding. We would highly recommend Paulina to anyone looking for a photographer!!!”
Collecting the details before they blur. You fell in love with these details. The gold dipped roses. The monogrammed purses your mother sewed for you and your bridesmaids. Your grandmother’s handkerchief. The expression on your father’s face when he first saw you. The anticipation. The jitters. People that love you by your side, calm and reassuring. Despite the rain, everything would be as you had hoped.
Katie LaRone. Flower Whisperer.
On her one acre family-run specialty cut flower and herb farm, she and her partner, Shawn Hunt, farm using permaculture principles and are passionate about soil health. “Taking good care of the land makes the best flowers and allows our farm to be an ecosystem for critters big and small. We don’t spray any pesticides, herbicides or conventional fertilizers, not even ‘organic approved’.”
They believe in the importance of ‘slow flowers and local flowers’. “Most people don’t think about where the cut flowers they purchase come from and the majority come from South and Central America – roses for example are mainly from Columbia and Ecuador. They travel thousands of miles by plane to get here which isn’t very environmentally friendly. In addition, they are sprayed a lot. Some florists have to wear gloves because of their exposure to all these toxic chemicals on the flowers.”
Sweet Pea Flowery grows flowers for both the big moments in life and for everyday enjoyment. If you would like more beauty in your life, get in touch with Katie through Facebook or Instagram. A new website is on its way soon!
Gorgeous outfit and accessories (pictured above) contributed by Cento Wear in downtown Vernon. “Cento Wear boasts a beautiful selection of carefully curated feminine apparel and accessories from a variety of Canadian, American and European designers.”
Four young women. All talented, bright and inspiring. Makeup artist Arisa Davis applied some of her magic with hair beautifully done by Annalisa Jackson and Jane McKay. Models AnnMarie, Abi, Shailyn and Arisa. Thanks, ladies! Let’s do this again soon!
“We asked Paulina to photograph our wedding after a beautiful outdoor family photo session the previous year. We were so impressed with her eye for capturing such beauty in simple candid shots, and natural ability to work with our children, we absolutely had to have her photograph our wedding.
We were a little worried about how things would go, as our little ones were 1 and 3 years old at the time and not big on standing still! Paulina did not disappoint! She managed to capture the most precious moments in a truly authentic way, allowing the unique personalities of our children to come alive in the photographs.
Paulina has such skill and professionalism, and she played a huge role in helping to create a truly enjoyable and relaxed experience for everyone involved. We chose to have a casual, intimate, family only ceremony and Paulina fit in seamlessly.
We are so thrilled with the quality and natural beauty captured in our wedding photographs and would highly recommend Paulina to anyone!”
“We had such a lovely time working with Paulina and her lovely assistant, Jeff. I so enjoyed splitting up the photo day into two days, that worked so much better for weather, timing, and keeping a certain toddler involved. I found Paulina to be very professional but relaxed in her approach, she took every opportunity with the lighting, timing, and mood to get the best picture possible. There were some posed photos, but we loved the spontaneous, involved, voyeuristic shots. I never felt I had to “hold a pose” during the wedding, as she blended into the crowd so wonderfully to fully capture the moment. I loved the way she got photos of guests, musicians, and events that were happening at the wedding and the focus wasn’t entirely on the bride and groom. Paulina’s generosity and time was so appreciated to document a momentous occasion for our friends and family.”
I met this lovely lady just days before I photographed the birth of their first child two years ago. Capturing such an intimate and life-changing event creates an immediate bond between the photographer and family. I love the families I have met through this work and was super excited to meet their new addition.
Herbal baths are a wonderful opportunity for mom and baby bonding, healing and relaxation. This beautiful, sweet-smelling blend was created by Homestead Herbals, grown organically on an eco micro-herbal farm in Kitchener, Ontario. Included in their packaging is a little tag that informs their customers on which bee-friendly plants to grow. Read more about why we need to protect our pollinators and how to create a bee-friendly garden here.
Fifteen day new Devyn settled right in and was perfectly content floating in her mama’s arms.