Plum midwives in Comox


Joanne Daviau RM, MA

Registered Midwife, Sage Femme

Joanne Daviau, RM

Well into my midwifery career, I was amazed to discover that both my great grandmothers were midwives in Northern Ontario and in Quebec where my family roots originate.

I have been a midwife since 1987 when I completed a clinical internship in the USA, Holland and Germany. I have attended births in the home setting, in tertiary and rural hospitals.

I worked for several years as a midwife in Vancouver prior to moving to Vancouver Island in 1998. I completed a Master’s degree in Midwifery and from 2011 to 2016 I worked with the College of Midwives of BC as Quality Assurance and Clinical Practice Policy Director.

I have had the pleasure of providing midwifery care to families in the Comox Valley since 1998 where I live with my husband. We have three grown children all born at home with the care of midwives.

Emma Gledhill RM, MSc

Registered Midwife

Emma Gledhill, RM

I did my midwifery and nurse training at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington London, England – where Princess Diana and the Duchess of Cambridge had their children! I have been a midwife for more than 20 years working in urban and rural hospitals and birth centres in the UK, and in Abbotsford and the Comox Valley. I have worked with Mother Theresa in Calcutta and spent 6 months cycling through Indonesia.

I have recently completed a Master’s degree in Public Health from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

I love canoeing and cross country skiing, and really enjoy working with mothers and their families. My Canadian husband has taught in the arctic, and in many first nations communities. I have 3 children, all boys, 2 of which were born at home-all caught by midwives!

I am inspired by the transformative powers of birth and enjoy walking with clients and their families along their paths.

Jessica Walker RM

Registered Midwife

Jessica Walker, RM
Pregnancy and birth have always fascinated me, and so, naturally, I was drawn to midwifery. After obtaining my Bachelor of Midwifery degree in Queensland, Australia, I then competed the International Midwifery Preregistration Program (IMPP) through Ryerson University in Toronto. I have spent the past year working with clients and families at a rural midwifery practice in Collingwood, Ontario.

Vancouver Island is home to me and I am thrilled to be returning, to work as a midwife and to explore the beautiful Comox Valley. I love all things outdoors so perhaps we will run into each other on the trails or at the beach.

Laya Bourguignon RM

Registered Midwife

Laya Bourguignon, RM

My path toward midwifery began with my being present for the birth of my little sister when I was six years old. From that day on, I knew that I would someday be involved with maternity care.

In my early twenties, I owned and operated a massage clinic in Powell River where I began working increasingly with pregnant clients and at times being asked to attend their births as a support person. In 2007 I enrolled in the Women’s Studies program at North Island College and moved to Comox where I opened a birthing home for families who had to leave their communities to access midwifery care. During this time I trained as a doula and breastfeeding counsellor, and had the opportunity to work alongside midwives for the first time which only affirmed that midwifery was the path I wanted to be on.

During my training in the UBC Midwifery Program, I studied under midwives in: Vancouver, Nelson, Uganda and Nanaimo, where I continued on working as a registered midwife after graduation.
It is such a great pleasure to be back in the Comox Valley and to be joining the team at Plum. I look forward to meeting all of the families who come into our care and to being a part of this wonderful community!

2nd Attendants

Alice GrasbyAlice Grasby

RN Bsc Nursing

For the past six years I have worked as a Maternity nurse at St. Joseph’s hospital in Comox. I feel honoured every day to be a part of families’ birth experiences and am passionate about providing family-centred care. I have lived in the Comox Valley for 14 years and, with my husband Jeremy, have enjoyed raising our two daughters surrounded by nature, beauty and adventure. Together we love to mountain bike, canoe, camp, ski…and anything else that gets us outside!


Current Student

Carla Taylor-Black

3rd Year Midwifery Student

Carla Taylor-Black
I am thankful for the opportunity to work with the midwives and families at Plum Midwifery Clinic. I would be honoured to participate in the births and maternity care of our clients. I view birth as a normal life event. I respect the dignity and autonomy of the parent(s) in their journey through pregnancy and childbirth.

I am proud mother of a one year old, Theo, who has taught me many lessons that I will carry with me as I enter into my third year. Motherhood has brought me great joy, insight and humility. As a student, I have had the pleasure of working in midwifery clinics in Vancouver, Campbell River, with maternity care providers in Haida Gwaii and as a volunteer birth Doula for teen moms in Nova Scotia and on Fir Square in Vancouver. I also have training in lactation support and a personal interest holistic health remedies.

I grew up in the Comox Valley and I am excited to return home to work with families in a rural setting. In my spare time I enjoy gardening, swimming, speaking Spanish and playing with my family! I look forward to meeting you and supporting your journey through pregnancy and birth.

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