Meet Lisa

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

(She/Her)

For a seed to achieve its greatest expression,
it must come completely undone.
The shell cracks, its insides come out

and everything changes.
To someone who doesn’t understand growth,
it would look like complete destruction.

– Cynthia Occelli

I was accepted into Mount Royal University’s midwifery education program in 2016 and began my journey into becoming a Registered Midwife. During my senior year, I authored an extensive literature review exploring the factors that motivate parents to choose unassisted birth outside of conventional maternity care systems. This literature review, along with the voices and stories of local unassisted birth parents and my previous experiences as a parent, doula and holistic birth consultant have deeply informed my professional approaches to upholding the rights of birthing parents and the facilitation of harm reduction strategies within my personal midwifery practice. I completed my Bachelor of Midwifery degree in 2020 as one of five surviving members of the aptly nicknamed “Hunger Games” cohort.

My personal midwifery practice is deeply rooted in the understanding that optimal maternity care exists when birthing people have access to a full spectrum of options and are unequivocally supported to navigate their pregnancies and births under their own authority. I provide full spectrum, trauma informed, queer and trans-inclusive, abortion positive, anti-oppressive reproductive healthcare that reflects a power transfer back to birthing families and support for all choices. I am overjoyed to be able to offer solo midwifery care as part of Prairie Midwives.

Outside of my birth work, I’m a complex and often contradictory 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:

  • Unmedicated 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
  • Planned Caesarean Birth*
  • Unplanned Caesarean Birth*
  • Premature Labour & Birth *
  • Pregnancy Loss (including miscarriage, stillbirth)
  • 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)