Joanne Daviau RM, MA
Registered Midwife, Sage Femme
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
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 – Currently on Maternity Leave
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 for 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 – Currently on Sabbatical
Registered Midwife, Sage Femme
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 in maternity care.
In my early twenties, I owned and operated a massage clinic in Powell River, where I began to work 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 counselor 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 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!
Locums & 2nd Attendants
Janice Forman, RM, IBCLC – Locum for Jessica Walker
Registered Midwife, Partera
My practice as a midwife arose from a deep call of the heart. My life’s work is to be in service to the wellbeing of women, babies, families, and communities. What started as a passion for science, women’s health, and natural healing, has since been shaped and strengthened by my own experience of giving birth and of becoming a mother. I am grateful for the countless moments of witnessing the extraordinary and sacred in this work.
I have been in practice as a midwife since 2000. I received my education at Maternidad La Luz, in El Paso, Texas and Ryerson University in Toronto. After completing my training I worked in community-based practices in the US and Ontario. In 2006 I moved to glorious BC and for the following 11 years practiced in Vancouver and Squamish.
My priority is to develop a trust relationship with a client that attends to the unique needs of each woman’s childbearing experience. I am committed to a woman’s right to be the primary decision maker in her care and advocate for information and choices to be provided in a safe and respectful environment. I bring close to 20 years of clinical experience combined with evidence-based practice to support and guide my clients through this pivotal time in life. As a Certified Lactation Consultant, I emphasize nutrition, breastfeeding and emotional support for new mothers and babies. I have a personal passion for studying cultural traditions surrounding the early postpartum period.
When I am not catching babies, I enjoy witnessing my daughter and garden grow, eating cheese, and going on adventures in nature with my partner and our two dogs, Cassie and Little Bear. I forward to caring for you with the amazing team at Plum Midwifery!
(I am happy to offer my services en Español)
Sabrina Westra, RM – Locum for Summer 2018
I knew I wanted to be a midwife after my very first appointment with a Vancouver RM when expecting my now 14-year-old daughter. The empowering visits and the way pregnancy and birth was treated as both magnificent, yet totally common and normal, really resonated with me and I knew I wanted to be a part of it forever. Since then, I’ve gone on to have 3 more children with the skilled, compassionate care of midwives, and feel so fortunate to be part of this global and age-old profession.
I trained in Ontario, receiving my midwifery degree from Laurentian University in 2009. My educational experience ranged from working in inner-city Toronto with a high-risk OB and neonatologists to serving Amish and Mennonite families and attending home births in the very rural farmlands of southern Ontario. Since beginning my practice in 2009, I’ve practiced in three provinces! Ontario at a large, primarily hospital-based practice, Alberta in an 80% out of hospital, birth-centre based practice, and now here in the Valley providing locum coverage for both local practices. No matter the setting or the clientele, the fundamentals of midwifery remain the same and helping families in their transitions is so very rewarding.
In addition to midwifery, I am Mama to 4 beautiful kids, ranging in age from 2.5 to 14. We settled in Cumberland in 2016, which felt like the closing of a circle for us as our family began on the West Coast. We love to garden, grow/preserve our own food, hike and swim wherever and whenever we can and I personally enjoy weaving, knitting and cooking. Thank you for the opportunity to serve this community as locum midwife!
Yarra Vostrcil, RM – Locum for Laya Bourguignon, Summer 2018
My path as a midwife began in 1998 when I attended a friend’s home birth with some of BC’s first Registered Midwives. Graduating from the UBC Midwifery Education Program in 2009, I worked in full-time clinical practice in Vancouver until giving birth to my own daughter in 2017. I continue to be to be awed by the strength of women and inspired by the creation of a family that occurs with the birth of a new baby.
I have been in full-time clinical practice in Vancouver since 2009, as well as providing occasional locum support in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. During this time I have worked out of many different hospital settings, ranging from small health centres to BC Women’s Hospital in Vancouver. In addition to working out of various hospital settings, I have worked with many families planning a home birth, averaging 35-50% of my caseload. The clinical care that I provide is client-centered care, with an emphasis on providing and supporting informed choices.
In 2008 I had the opportunity to work at Plum as a student midwife. Having grown up in the Comox Valley, I am excited to have returned home, and I look forward to serving this community as a locum midwife. When I’m not busy being a midwife, I can be found at the Farmer’s Market, in my own garden, crafting something, or on a local beach or mountain.
Carla Taylor-Black, RM – Locum for Laya Bourguignon, Fall/Winter 2018/19
Registered Midwife, Partera
A huge thanks to all the wonderful families and midwives at Plum who guided me through my last two years of midwifery school. I proud to say I am now officially a midwife! It truly takes a village to raise a midwife, and it was the absolute trust, confidence and support of the community that helped me to blossom into this fierce and fabulous role of welcoming new moms and babes into the world.
I am the proud mother of a two-year old, Theo, who has taught me many lessons that I will carry with me as I enter into my final 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.
Office Manager & Administrator
Regula Heynck, BSc
I was born in Bocholt, Germany and have lived in various places in Alberta and the Netherlands. My background is in organization and administration with an eye for detail. My goal is to attend to the clients and midwives needs in a prompt, caring, and efficient manner to have you leave our clinic feeling well cared for.
Having recently completed my degree in Health Sciences, I’m so excited to work for Plum’s Midwifery because it offers me another place to broaden my understanding of holistic approaches to health, and how it enhances healing and wellness in my community.
I’m a proud mother of two amazing boys. Our second son was born at one of the first birth centers in Alberta. The midwives made me feel assertive and empowered to take control of my choices. Feeling grateful for this wonderful birth and care experience, I would like to pass on my enthusiasm for midwifery.
Administrative Assistant & Group Facilitator
Gabrielle Durupt, BComm
Having spent the past eight years raising my daughter (8) and my son (6), I am now ready and excited at the thought of going back to work, especially if it involves working with a great team of passionate caregivers such as Plum. While working as Executive Assistant to the CEO and President of Expedia CruiseShipCenters in Vancouver for 5 years, I learned how to support a busy team and provide efficient, professional service. I have a degree in Commerce from Royal Roads University, and a Recreation diploma from Langara College. My passion is working with people.
I feel so lucky to be living back in the beautiful Comox Valley, where I see both new and familiar faces every day. I grew up on Denman Island and believe that contributed to my drive to explore the world; I’ve travelled to 25 countries and every continent except Antarctica. I enjoy skiing, hiking, singing and plan to try my legs at mountain biking.