Growing up as the eldest of six children I was immersed in the world of pregnancy and babies at a young age, but I didn’t begin to imagine myself as a midwife until years later. I first learned of midwifery as a modern profession during my years at McMaster University in Hamilton where I was studying Drama and Women’s Studies. When I graduated with an Honours B.A. in 1999 the seeds had been planted.

After receiving my degree I began volunteering as a doula and childbirth educator at Jessie’s Place, a resource centre for teen moms in Toronto. I also had the privilege of volunteering at Dr. Jack Newman’s breastfeeding clinic in North York. I was hooked—I applied and began my studies at the UBC Midwifery Program in 2005. I graduated in 2010 and have happily been working in Mission ever since, joining Mission Midwifes in 2011.
I am a Mission girl through and through. My grandfather was a busy family doctor here who delivered hundreds if not thousands of babies. Both my parents grew up in Mission and were always actively involved in the community. It was a dream of mine to come back to my hometown and provide compassionate, community and family-centred maternity care.

When I am not working you will find me spending time with my two amazing kids and my fur baby, and my large extended family that includes my 8 nieces and nephews, all born with the help of midwives and their Auntie Shannon 🙂

Shannon Ruley | RM
Colleen Van Der Horst | Office Manager

I fell into midwifery about 20 years ago when my nephew was born with midwives.

This was my first time learning that there were options in the community. At the time, there were so few midwives in BC. Soon following, I was curious and passionate about midwifery care.

I became part of the midwifery services team and truly love the world of midwifery! I became a Labor Support and Postpartum Doula through Douglas College. I also gained a certificate in Breastfeeding Support.

Women deserve to be in control and educated about their choices. Given adequate support to their families during the childbearing year ensuring success and confidence!

I’m a married mother of two living in the Fraser Valley, excited to continuously support the families at Mission Midwifery.