College of Midwives of British Columbia

Midwifery Education Bursary Established in Memory of Jean Cooper

October 31, 1944 - June 3, 2002
A Bursary fund has been endowed by friends and colleagues in honour of Jeanette Cooper RM SCM for UBC students in the midwifery program who are in need of financial assistance. Jean died at home on June 3, 2002, in Maple Ridge, BC, with the support of her family after a two and a half year battle with cancer.

Jean was born Jeanette Gledhill, on October 31, 1944, in Nuneaton, England. Jean wanted to be a midwife from the time she was a young woman. She trained as a nurse in Nuneaton, completed her midwifery training at St. Maryís Hospital for Women and Children in Manchester and was certified by the UK Central Midwives Board in 1967. She practiced in the community, in hospital and also worked as a midwife in the British prison system before coming to Canada with her husband Mac.

Jean received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from UBC in 1984. After attending the 1993 International Confederation of Midwives Congress in Vancouver, Jean returned to England to complete a midwifery return- to-practice program at Queen Charlottes - Thames Valley University, coming back to Maple Ridge to establish her private practice in the fall of 1993. On January 1, 1998, after passing the Collegeís registration examinations, Jean became one of BCís first registered midwives.

Over her midwifery career Jean gave tirelessly of herself to care for pregnant women and new mothers and babies in Maple Ridge and in the Safe Passages program on Vancouverís Lower East Side, where she also worked prior to regulation. She worked with equal passion and dedication for the recognition of midwifery in BC. She was appointed to the College Board in 1995 and brought her good humour, patience and perserverence to the work of a variety of committees. Jean made it her mission to keep the finances of the fledgling regulatory body on track, while also working passionately to make regulated midwifery in BC something that would serve women, respectfully and with choices. She has carried that passion with her her whole life and shared it with others as a supervisor and mentor. Jean was well respected by her local medical colleagues and was instrumental in the integration of midwifery into the health care system in the Fraser Valley.

Jean was a much loved member of BCís midwifery community and is greatly missed.

Jean is survived by her husband Malcolm (Mac), her son, Mark, her daughter, Katherine, and granddaughter, Ashlee, as well as two sisters, Pat Hunter in the US and Ann Ellis in England, and a brother, John Gledhill, who also lives in the UK.

To contribute to the Jeanette Cooper Bursary Fund contact:

Awards/Gifts and Estate Planning
UBC Development Office,
6253 N.W. Marine Drive, Vancouver, B.C., V6T 1Z1

Donations to the fund are recognized with official income tax receipts.