We Are IH: Midwife enjoys supporting families through life change

November 30, 2023
Tanya Momtazian enjoys a moment of stillness in the Kootenay outdoors.

Name: Tanya Momtazian (she/her/hers)
Job Title: Registered Midwife
Years of Service: 16
Worksite: Kootenay Lake Hospital
Community: Nelson
Ancestral Territory: Ktunaxa and Syilx. “I live in the Sinixt, Ktunaxa, and Syilx territory of the West Kootenays. Sinixt is not on the territory map because it was declared extinct by the federal government, which has recently been repealed.”
Favourite Quote / Advice to live by
“I enjoy consulting and considering the iChing, an ancient Chinese Book of Changes. It talks about perseverance, harmony, planning, and strategy.”

Born and raised in Calgary to a white settler father from Alberta and a mixed ethnicity mother from Trinidad and Tobago, Tanya is the first midwife to join Interior Health’s Navig8 Emerging Medical Leaders Program, which prepares medical leaders to operate effectively in their current and future leadership roles through a mix of action-based learning and mentorship. With a deep passion for patient care, Tanya holds a number of midwifery-related roles while finding time to pursue outdoor activities with her family, and trying her hand at silversmithing and jewelry making.

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