Meet Lisa

Registered Midwife (RM)
Bachelors Of Midwifery
Community Herbalist
Birthing From Within™ Mentor

(She/Her)

My midwifery practice is deeply rooted in the understanding that while I hold expertise around midwifery and physiologic birth, that birthing people are the sole experts of their own lives, and should be respected to assess their own risks, benefits and to make autonomous decisions about the kind of care they are willing to accept as they navigate their childbearing year.

I have attended births for over a decade and have served over 300 families in various roles. As a Registered Midwife, I provide full spectrum midwifery care for all pregnancy outcomes (including abortion, miscarriage and stillbirth), that is trauma informed, queer and trans-inclusive, anti-oppressive and supports the decolonization of institutionalized healthcare systems.

During my senior year of my Bachelor’s of Midwifery, I authored an extensive literature review exploring the many reasons that parents to choose unassisted birth outside of conventional maternity care systems. This review, stories from unassisted birth parents in my community and my own previous birth experiences as both a parent and doula have deeply informed how I have chosen to practice as a Registered Midwife.

Midwifery for me, involves the mutual sharing of knowledge with the families who I support. Midwifery is also the practice of demystifying birth physiology, critically appraising policies and research, navigating politics, getting comfortable with the unknown, listening to birthing families stories and needs. Midwifery means embracing the unpredictability of the birth process with humility and constant curiosity and sometimes, sitting with families in grief and death.

I believe that safe and transformational birth experiences are possible when we acknowledge we have power with families, without enforcing power over.

Outside my birth work, I’m a complex human who loves coffee, whiskey, cats, plants, gardening, wild fermentation, new tattoos, loud music, knitted sweaters, reading books & cozy fireplaces.


Experience

I have experience providing unconditional support and midwifery care in both urban and rural birth settings for families during:

  • Vaginal birth
  • Vaginal Birth Assisted With Medication
  • Vaginal Twin Birth*
  • Vaginal Breech Birth*
  • Water Birth
  • Vaginal Birth After Previous Caesarean (VBAC)
  • Home Birth After Previous Caesarean (HBAC)
  • Caesarean Birth After Previous Caesarean (CBAC)*
  • Induction of labour
  • Premature Labour & Birth
  • Pregnancy Loss (including miscarriage, stillbirth, abortion)
  • Medical & MVA Abortion Care

*Attended in a supportive care role during birth.


Education

Bachelor Of Midwifery Degree (MRU) (April 2020)

Emergency Skills Workshop For Midwives Certification (ESW) (Every two years)

Fetal Health Surveillance Certification (Every two years)

Neonatal Resuscitation Certification Program (Annually)

CPR – Healthcare Provider Certification (Every two years)

Upright Physiologic Breech Birth Training (Shawn Walker) – UBC (February 2020)

SOGC’s ALARM Workshop – Midwifery Clinical Training Module (November 2019)

IPAS MVA & Medical Abortion Clinical Training – Midwifery Clinical Practicum (April 2019)

Early Pregnancy Loss Clinic – Midwifery Clinical Practicum (April, 2019)

Birth Monopoly’s “Know Your Right’s” Course (March 2019)

Herbal Medicine For Women with Aviva Jill Romm MD (2013 – Present)

Rebozo For The Childbearing Year with Ligia Delfin & Carla Jonguitud (April 2018)

Neonatal Resuscitation with Karen Strange (Feb 2018)

Breech Birth with Shawn Walker (Feb 2018)

Breech Skills with Joy Horner (Feb 2018)

Labwork for Midwives with Gail Hart (Feb 2018)

Holistic Management of Miscarriage & Abortion with Molly Dutton Kenny (Sept 2017)

“Flock Yeah” birth workshop with Gena Kirby, Lesley Everest (July 2017)

Holistic Birth Consultant Certification with Whapio Bartlett (The Matrona – July 2017)

Indie Birth Conference (March 2017)

“Holding Space For Pregnancy Loss” with Amy Wright Glenn (March 2017)

“Flock Yeah” birth workshop with Gena Kirby, Whapio Bartlett, Lesley Everest) (July 2016)

Indie Birth Wise Woman Circle (2016 – Present)

Birthing From Within Mentor Training (April 2016)

Birthing From Within Mentor Training (June 2015)

Birthing From Within Birth Story Listening (April 2015)

“The Farm” Midwifery Assistant Workshop with Ina May Gaskin CPM (April 2013)

DONA Birth Doula Certification (March 2013)

DONA Birth Doula Training (May 2012)

Registered Dental Assistant – Surgical (2005-2009)