The South Okanagan Maternity Centre is a team-based clinic providing collaborative interdisciplinary care for women with low risk pregnancies. Family physicians and a midwife work together to provide you with pregnancy, birth and newborn care. The clinic provides wrap-around care with seamless referrals to other maternity specialists: obstetricians, pediatricians, perinatal social worker and public health. Your maternity professionals use each other’s experience, informed knowledge and personal strengths to provide you with a consistent approach to care.
You will have an opportunity to meet all of the team prior to the birth of your baby and one of them will provide care during labour and delivery at Penticton Regional Hospital (PRH). Clinic services do not include home births at this time.
Located on the second floor of PRH (moving to a brand-new state of the art space in the tower in April 2019) this clinic gives expectant mothers more choice for their pregnancy journey and provides a women-centred approach to care.
Women can be referred to the clinic by their family physician or can self-refer. Book your appointment by phone or by dropping in the Centre.
Penticton Regional Hospital
550 Carmi Ave,
Penticton, BC V2A 3G6
Tel: 250 770 7596
Monday – Friday 9:00am – 3:00pm (closed for lunch 12:00pm -1:00pm)
The South Okanagan Maternity Centre is a teaching unit associated with the UBC School of Medicine and other universities. We consider our students and residents a member of the care team, and are thankful for the support of the women they care for to help train a new cadre of skilled health care providers
The South Okanagan Maternity Centre:
The physicians and midwife work as a team to:
Women from 10-weeks pregnant for up to six weeks post-delivery can:
Catherine was born and educated in South Africa and completed her medical degree at the University of Stellenbosch in 1995. She worked in rural Alberta for 18 years before moving to the Okanagan in 2016. Catherine loves working in obstetrics and is enjoying the collaborative practice at SOMC. When not in the hospital she works at the Fairview Medical Clinic. She enjoys spending time off with her family on their acreage.
In 2017 Jennifer was tremendously excited to announce her decision to return to her hometown of Penticton and become part of the South Okanagan Maternity Centre. After completing a BSc. followed by a Masters Degree from UBC Vancouver and the University of Toronto, Jennifer then graduated from the University of British Columbia Northern Medical Program in Prince George. A placement in the Family Medicine Residency program at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon would eventually lead to Jennifer building a medical practice in rural Saskatchewan that she worked at for five plus years. Jennifer enjoys spending her free time beaching, kayaking and travelling with her husband and 8 yearold daughter.
Marius completed his medical degree in 1994 in South Africa. Our family relocated to Canada in 2004. He initially worked in rural Saskatchewan and stayed there for 5 years before moving to Penticton. He works as a family physician has now been practising family medicine and low risk obstetrics in Penticton for 9 years. Marius is enjoying working in the collaborative group clinic and is finding obstetrics to be one of the most rewarding parts of his practice.
Tara Dawn returns to the South Okanagan after graduating with her BSc from Trinity Western University, her MD from UBC and her Family Medicine Residency from University of Alberta. She is thankful to be back in her hometown practicing Family Medicine and providing Maternity Care through the SOMC. When not in the hospital, she can be found playing at the beach with her son, Jad, or planning an international adventure with her husband, Andrew.
Susie completed her midwifery training in 2010 at McMaster University. Upon graduating, she and her husband packed up their two young boys and headed for life in BC, with all the outdoor fun this beautiful province has to offer. She started her career in Penticton, and plans to stay forever. She is very excited to be a part of the shared care model at the South Okanagan Maternity Centre, and considers it a huge privilege to care for the incredible families of this area.
When she's not at the hospital, she's probably playing with her daughter, driving her sons to hockey, or riding her bike!