Welcome to the first in our new weekly Midwife Monday series. Check back every Monday to get to know some juicy tidbits about all of our amazing Midwives. This week we meet Midwife Andrea Levy who has been with the practice since 2005 and is currently our Head Midwife at North York General Hospital as well as an active teacher and mentor of future midwives.
What is your favourite part of being a midwife?
Catching a baby, then catching all of that baby’s siblings, and seeing them all come into the office and knowing I was the first one to have my hands on all of them.
What is the hardest part of being a midwife?
Being called out of bed in the night. Daytime births please!!
What do you never leave home without (other than phone/pager)?
A little bag with a toothbrush and toothpaste, extra hair elastics, eye drops, lip balm, etc.
Many midwives have additional jobs or volunteer roles, what is yours? How do you make it work with being a midwife?
I work with an international NGO – I teach, am on the disaster response team, and work on long-term projects in Africa. Some of this work can be done at home in my spare time. Otherwise I use my holiday time, and sometimes have to rely on the kindness and compassion of my fellow midwives to cover me for extra time off!
What was the last TV show you binge-watched?
What was the last book you read?
419 by Will Ferguson
What’s the most interesting (or distant) country you’ve ever visited?
Haiti – I’ve been there six times!
What do you hope to do when you retire?
Tell us something about you that we don’t know or would surprise us.
Whenever I’m in Haiti, I speak Haitian Creole and get around on motorcycles!