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 a 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 the 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-Clarke, 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 for the International Midwifery Preregistration Program (IMPP) through Ryerson University in Toronto. I spent a year working with clients and families at a rural midwifery practice in Collingwood, Ontario, and then I returned home to beautiful Vancouver Island and joined the team at Plum in 2015.
My husband and I welcomed our baby girl in October 2017, with the help of Plum midwives, of course! I love all things outdoors so perhaps we will run into each other on the trails or at the beach.
Carla Taylor-Black, RM – Locum for Laya Bourguignon
Registered Midwife, Partera
A recent graduate from the UBC midwifery program, Carla is excited to re-join Plum Midwifery as she looks forward to seeing familiar faces and continuing to build relationships with the families of the Comox Valley. She feels grateful to return as a midwife to her home community and work with her midwifery mentors.
Carla originally left the fields as an organic farmer to join midwifery school after her experience of supporting teen moms in rural Nova Scotia as a Birth Doula. The opportunity to connect, build relationships and to support people through the magical and transformative process of childbirth and parenthood, drew her to the profession.
Her education brought her to the big city streets of Vancouver, the remote islands of Haida Gwaii, and rural communities on Vancouver Island. As a student midwife, she combined her background in education, counseling, and leadership to facilitate prenatal group care classes. Carla also has special interests in lactation and perinatal mental health, especially in rural areas.
Carla is also the proud mother of an energetic three-year-old, who has brought great insight and humility to her work as a midwife. When she is not catching babies, she delights in spending time in the kitchen, the garden, or the forest with her family.
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.
Locums & 2nd Attendants
Yarra Vostrcil, RM
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.
Sabrina Westra, RM
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!
Juliette Mudra, RN, 3rd-Year Midwifery Student, UBC Midwifery Program
We are pleased to welcome Juliette Mudra, a 3rd-year midwifery student from the UBC Midwifery Program. Juliette will work alongside our midwives for the months of January and February 2019, and will be present at most prenatal visits, labours, births and postpartum visits. We hope you will welcome Juliette into your care to help provide this opportunity for the growth of midwifery in our province.
I grew up on a small beef farm in Nova Scotia and previous to midwifery, I worked as a fisheries biologist in Alaska and a labour and delivery nurse in Nova Scotia. On Cape Breton Island, where my home is, many families have to drive 2-3 hours to seek care during their pregnancy, birth, and postpartum period. It is my dream to help bring birth, perinatal, and newborn care back into these communities.
As a nurse and midwifery student, my approach to whatever situations that arise is one that involves kindness, attentiveness, and patience. I firmly believe in birthers’ intuitive ability to wisely navigate through their often challenging journeys into parenthood, and am here to help in any way I can along that journey.
In addition to catching babies, I have continued to work as a labour and delivery nurse, a nursing instructor at St. FX University, and on my partner’s dairy farm. I’m an avid cook and outdoor enthusiast, so please share your favorite recipes and hikes with me!
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.