Meet Lisa

Lisa Cowdery
Photo credit: Becky Purpur ~ Mindful Mother

Registered Midwife
(She/Her)

After experiencing midwifery care and an out-of-hospital birth with my second baby in 2011, the call to become a midwife became impossible to ignore. As I couldn’t fathom attending a midwifery education program with a toddler and newborn in tow, I chose to train as a birth doula in 2012 before later transitioning into the role of a holistic birth consultant while providing support as a community herbalist and a Birthing From Within™ trained childbirth educator in the YYC area. My children grew up surrounded by obstetrical textbooks and online webinars as I immersed myself in on-call life, taught childbirth classes, attended births and traveled around Canada and the US seeking out midwifery training workshops. Two years after the birth of my third baby, I was accepted into Mount Royal University’s midwifery education program. I was granted my Bachelor of Midwifery degree in 2020.

During my senior year, I focused my capstone project around an extensive literature review exploring the factors in conventional maternity care that motivate parents to choose unassisted birth outside of conventional maternity care systems in countries where integrated midwifery care is accessible. This literature review, along with the voices and stories of local unassisted birth parents and my previous experiences as a doula and holistic birth consultant have deeply informed my personal approach to midwifery practice and professional birth advocacy.

I believe 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 authorities. I’m passionate about providing full-spectrum, trauma-informed, anti-racist, queer and trans-inclusive reproductive healthcare that reflects a power transfer back to birthing families in Central Alberta and am overjoyed to be able to offer midwifery care as part of Prairie Midwives.

Outside of my birth work, I’m a whiskey and coffee aficionado, mum to three small humans and wife to an amazing partner. I love gardening, wild fermentation, new tattoos, loud music, knitted sweaters, reading books & cozy fireplaces.

I have experience providing unconditional support and midwifery care 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)

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)

Emergency Skills Workshop For Midwives Certification (ESW) (August 2018)

Neonatal Resuscitation Certification Program (August 2018/2019)

CPR – Healthcare Provider Certification(August 2018/2019)

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)