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Guest Blog: Rett Syndrome Awareness

In honour of Rett Syndrome Awareness Month, my good friend and fellow medical mom, Melanie Birch has written a guest blog. Last spring, our family spent four weeks helping teach our daughter, Ella,  how to ski. Her instructors were from an incredible organization called Rocky Mountain Adaptive. To be clear, they did the teaching. OurContinue reading “Guest Blog: Rett Syndrome Awareness”

I Believe – A Digital Story

One of my all time favourite images is the one you see when you first land of my website. The image is of a baby in an NICU isolette. My eyes are always drawn to all the hands and contact points between mother and baby. I find myself then looking at the NG tube andContinue reading “I Believe – A Digital Story”

I Was There Too: Rachel Martens

I Was There Too is a series of conversations I am having with other medical moms and photographers who are telling stories of life for families with medical complexities. Meet Rachel Martens. Here’s a little intro in Rachel’s own words, “I’ve been married to my wonderful spouse Nick for 17 years. I’m mom to aContinue reading “I Was There Too: Rachel Martens”

I Was There Too: Ali Martens

I Was There Too is a series of conversations I am having with other medical moms and photographers who are telling stories of life for families with medical complexities. Meet Ali Martens. I first met Ali in real life at the Children’s Healthcare Canada Conference last December. Ali is one tough medical mama and IContinue reading “I Was There Too: Ali Martens”

Together – A Day at the Hospital

So Kane wants to write (another) book… As you have probably gathered the setting is at the hospital, in this case the Alberta Children’s Hospital. Mom: “Who are the characters?”Kane: “Me, you and the doctors…and nurses…every one of them.” Mom: “Why are we writing the book?”Kane: “For children and cause I’m making a little bookshop.”Continue reading “Together – A Day at the Hospital”

I Was There Too: Krystle Schofield

I Was There Too is a series of conversations I am having with other medical moms and photographers who are telling stories of life for families with medical complexities. Meet Krystle Schofield. I originally met Krystle at The Real Life Photography Conference last November. A mutual photography friend had told each of us about theContinue reading “I Was There Too: Krystle Schofield”

I Was There Too: Melanie Birch

I Was There Too is a series of conversations I am having with other medical moms and photographers who are telling stories of life for families with medical complexities. Meet Melanie Birch and her daughter, Ella. I originally met Melanie through a Facebook group for medical parents in the Bow Valley even before we officiallyContinue reading “I Was There Too: Melanie Birch”

Essential Medical Appointments

Once it became clear just how important physical distancing and flattening the curve were to curbing the spread of COVID-19 many of my son Kane’s medical and dental appointments were cancelled. The first to get bumped was a neuro-developmental assessment. Then we got a call from Kane’s pediatric dentist office saying his dental surgery wasContinue reading “Essential Medical Appointments”

21 Weeks: Caregiver Documentary Photography

And just like that our world changed. Some of you are caring for family members in isolation, many are suddenly working from home with kids underfoot, many more have been laid off and are uncertain of what the future holds, others are on the front lines in healthcare roles and essential services working everyday toContinue reading “21 Weeks: Caregiver Documentary Photography”

Clinic Day: Hospital Documentary Photography

The stories of medical families often mirror any given family, on any given day. Other times their stories look nothing like the average family. As a photographer, it is my goal to make documentary family photography accessible for all medical, special needs, and palliative families. It’s important that families facing challenges, particularly the caregivers, toContinue reading “Clinic Day: Hospital Documentary Photography”