Midwives in the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region
Joanna South Perras
Joanna was born and raised in Regina. Her passion for Midwifery was sparked by her experience of receiving Midwifery care in her own pregnancies and the community work she did in Saskatchewan to help regulate the profession of Midwifery.
Joanna is a Registered Midwife with the Saskatchewan College of Midwives and a member of the Midwives Association of Saskatchewan. She attended Midwifery school is the USA and Canada and obtained an Associate Science of Midwifery Degree from the Midwives College of Utah as well Bachelor of Midwifery degree from the University College of the North in Winnipeg. She graduated in the spring of 2014 and has worked in Swift Current with the Cypress Health Region as a Midwife.
She has experience attending births in a variety of settings including home, hospital and birth centre in the USA, Canada and the Dominican Republic.
She is excited to be part of the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region serving women for many years to come. She feels that it is important for women to be well informed and to be an active participant in their care and birth process.
Teegan Odell (Maternity Leave)
Teegan's passion for women's rights and social justice is what drew her to pursue working in woman and child healthcare.
She completed her BA in Native Studies from the University of Saskatchewan before beginning midwifery training. In 2006, she completed an 11 month midwifery course in Australia, with practical placements in India and Egypt. This confirmed her passion for midwifery and in 2007she began the Midwifery Education Program at Ryerson University in Toronto. Through this training she had placements in both Ontario and Saskatchewan, serving a variety of women in their communities. She graduated in the spring of 2011 and is very pleased to be back in her home province of Saskatchewan, working as a midwife.
Tracy is originally from Regina, but left in 1998 and obtained a B.Sc in Archaeology/Anthropology from the University of Calgary. She worked as an environmental consultant for a number of years before pursing midwifery. She entered midwifery with the desire to focus on women’s health, improve access to reproductive and maternity-care services, and promote the normalcy of childbearing. Tracy has a special interest in protecting the family bond and improving access to services for marginalized communities. She believes that good prenatal care empowers families. She hopes to strengthen parents’ confidence to make decisions about their care prenatally and through the birthing process, but as well later on in the ways in which they raise their children.
Tracy trained with midwives in the United States and returned to Canada in 2013. She completed the International Midwifery Pre-Registration Program (IMPP) through Ryerson and returned to Saskatchewan where she has practiced as a midwife in Fort Qu’Appelle since March 2014. She is excited to return to Regina and provide care for the community in which she was raised.
Tracy currently is a board member of the Midwifery Association of Saskatchewan (MAS) and is the provincial representation on the board of the Canadian Association of Midwives.