Kathleen is the founding member of CMAY and current president. She has been a registered midwife in Canada since 2007 and is currently registered with the College of Midwives of British Columbia. Kathleen sits on the board of directors of the Canadian Association of Midwives as Yukon's representative.
Kathleen first moved to Yukon in 1998 then left to pursue her calling as a midwife. Kathleen has worked as a registered midwife in NWT, British Columbia, Ontario and Northern Quebec. She moved back to the Yukon to be with her true love and raise her beautiful children in the North. Kathleen is determined to see midwifery become a regulated and funded profession in Yukon so that all Yukon women and families may have birthing options.
Erika Oppen Smith
Like many Yukoners Erika wears several hats. She is a Licensed Practical Nurse at Whitehorse General Hospital and small business owner and sessional Instructor for the Health Care Assistant program at Yukon College. She was born and raised in the Yukon. In 2014 Erika welcomed her first daughter, Ivy. It was the expert care she received from her midwife that prompted Erika and her husband Jonas to become advocates for regulating and funding midwifery in the Yukon. On May 5th 2017 in celebration of International Day of the Midwife Erika told her daughter’s birth story, she went into labour that evening with her second baby and welcomed Liv the very next day (on her due date). This is Erika's fourth term on the CMAY board and third term as Vice President.
Kristin is originally from northern BC. She has lived in the Yukon for 14 years. After working for the department of justice for 13 years, she has now refocused her life around staying at home with her kids. She also co-owns and operates The Gravy Train, a food truck specializing in poutine, with her husband Ron. Kristin was under a midwife's care for both of her pregnancies. In the summer of 2015 she had a water birth in her home at Marsh Lake. This is Kristin's fourth term as the secretary for CMAY.
Christina is a Certified Midwife (German Diploma), mother of wonderful children who were born at home, here in the Yukon. She immigrated to Canada from Germany in 2000 and has lived, loved and worked here as a mother, wife and midwife ever since, providing home births and care for women and families throughout the childbearing year in the absence of regulations. It has always been Christina’s goal that all families have access to midwifery care while keeping choices open. This is Christina’s fourth term with CMAY.
Elizabeth Morrison is a Registered Midwife at the Cowichan Midwifery Collective in Duncan, BC on Cowichan Territories. She completed her midwifery training at the University of British Columbia and has an undergraduate in history/environmental studies from the University of Victoria. She also works regularly at the Rankin Inlet Birth Center in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut.
Elizabeth is passionate about increasing access to midwifery care in rural, underserved, and First Nation's communities, as well as inter-professional collaboration and practice. In her free time she can usually be found in the mountains exploring the beautiful outdoors, loves growing zucchini, and recently walked the entire length of the Pacific Crest Trail.
Dr. Emma Eaton, D.Clin.Psy. is a Registered Psychologist with the college of Alberta Psychologists. Emma completed a psychological internship in maternal and gynecological mental health and trauma, and has published research on the psychological implications of birth for women. She cares passionately about mental health for Yukon women and families, and believes that registered and funded midwifery is a crucial step in achieving that goal. Emma is the past CMAY vice president and has been with CMAY since the 1st AGM.
Patricia retired to the Yukon in 2013 after 35 years of being a Registered Nurse in B.C. Part of my nursing career included 15 years as a Maternity, Labour Delivery Nurse, those years were in Dawson Creek and well before Midwives were part of any hospital birth. My grandsons were born with the assistance of a midwife, not all women can afford to have this as an option. I believe that Legislated, Registered and funded Midwives will give all Yukon women a choice in how and where they deliver their babies. Birth is a natural process and medical intervention is not always needed or necessary. This is my third term on the CMAY board.
A mother of two daughters, Brianna and Esther; a born and raised Yukoner and member of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation, moved to Alberta to attend College and work. She returned home to have her first daughter in 2006. It was then that she started attending the Canadian Prenatal Nutrition Program (CPNP) at Skookum Jim Friendship Centre. After graduating from the program, she spent a short time volunteering and as the program assistant before taking over the program in 2008.
Bonnee took a year secondment to go work in her home community of Old Crow, which led to a three year political term as Deputy Chief. Upon the completion of the term, Bonnee returned to Whitehorse and when Skookum Jim Friendship Centre posted the position of CPNP Coordinator, she knew that was where she wanted to be.
Bonnee is passionate about traditional indigenous practices in medicine, birthing and parenting. She is also passionate about pre and postnatal care and support. Along with helping families with new babies get the best start possible. So much so that over the past year she has become a Birth and Postpartum Doula and is working on her Dona Certification.
Originally from the East Kootenays in British Columbia, Catherine has lived in Dawson City since 2010. She has been trained and attended births as a doula and dreams of one day becoming a midwife. In 2016 she was accepted into the UBC Midwifery Program but postponed her education when she found out she was pregnant with her first baby. Being unable to find somewhere in Whitehorse to have a home birth she traveled to her sister’s in the Kispiox Valley in northern BC to have a home birth with a registered midwife. Catherine joined the board in 2015 but took a hiatus when her son was born. Her amazing experience with a midwife strengthened her desire to see families of the Yukon have the same choices as other jurisdictions across Canada. She re-joined the board to continue to advocate for the funding and regulation of midwifery in the Yukon and hopes to one day see birth brought back to the communities.
Lacey is a Registered Massage Therapist and portrait photographer in Whitehorse, where she has lived for 20 years. After the birth of her first child in 2014 Lacey became very interested in woman's choice in maternal care, and how the birth was being experienced for families in the Yukon. Lacey has been a CMAY member since the 2018 AGM.
Jocelyn Land Murphy
Dr Jocelyn Land-Murphy is a BC-licensed Naturopathic Doctor who relocated to Whitehorse with her young family in 2017. Dr Land-Murphy is the President of the Yukon Association of Naturopathic Doctors, and has an exclusive focus on women and children’s health - including fertility, pregnancy/birth and ongoing post-partum and family health. Jocelyn is also the creator of My Healthy Pregnancy Plan, an evidence-based, online integrative pregnancy program in use by women and their care providers around the world.
Jocelyn delivered both of her children with midwifery care in Ontario, and is passionate about providing women in the Yukon with the same birthing and pre-natal options available to women across Canada. She is honoured to be a part of the CMAY and to help bring midwifery to the Yukon.
Magali is born and raised in Québec and moved to the Yukon about 2 years ago after falling in love with the majestic beauty of the North. She has a bachelors in educational psychology with specialization in social perinatality and early childhood, and has also completed Doula training. With a broad professional background that is always oriented towards the well being of others, Magali aspire to make a difference in the lives as well as in the communities of those she helps. Based in Dawson, she works as an Educational Assistant with elementary and high school students. She is our Community Liaison Representative and she is honoured to soon begin her second term with the CMAY Board.