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.

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!

Janice Forman, RM, IBCLC

Registered Midwife

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)

Jessica Walker RM – Maternity Leave

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.

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

4th 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.

Office Manager

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.

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