Kathleen is the founding member of CMAY and the current president. She has been a registered midwife in Canada since 2007 after graduating from Ryerson University’s International Midwifery Pre-Registration Program and is currently registered with the College of Midwives of British Columbia and is licensed in the NWT. Kathleen has sat on the board of directors of the Canadian Association of Midwives as Yukon's representative since 2011. Kathleen first moved to Yukon in 1998 and in 2002 left to pursue her calling to be a midwife with every intention of returning. Kathleen has worked as a registered midwife in NWT, British Columbia, Ontario and Northern Quebec. Kathleen believes wholeheartedly in informed choice as one of the main tenets of midwifery care. She believes that education de-mystifies and helps integrate all the unique aspects of childbearing and in turn empowers people in their individual experiences. Kathleen is determined to see midwifery become a regulated and funded profession in Yukon so that all birthing people, and their families may have the same birthing options as are enjoyed in the rest of Canada. Kathleen and her husband have two beautiful, young children and a wonderful dog, Gertie.
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.
Kristin is originally from northern BC. She has lived in the Yukon for since 2003. After working for the Department of Justice for 13 years, she has now refocused her life around staying at home with her kids, running her ``micro-farm`` and managing her business. She co-owns and operates The Gravy Train, a food truck specializing in poutine, with her partner Ron. Kristin was under a midwife's care for both of her pregnancies, planning for a homebirth each time. In the Spring of 2013 she had her first baby in the hospital, with her midwife and family present. In the summer of 2015 she had a water birth in her home at Marsh Lake. Kristin's has been the secretary for CMAY since its conception and strongly believes every family should have the option to choose their place of birth and have access to Midwifery care.
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 Matraea Midwives 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 Nations 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 gardening, and is mama to new baby Théo.
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.
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.
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).
Rebecca is from a small town in Ontario but lived and worked in Old Crow from 2016-2018. She was pregnant in Old Crow and decided to have a home birth with a midwife in Ontario after learning that midwifery was not covered/regulated in the Yukon. Being pregnant and delivering her baby under the care of a midwife was a life changing experience for Rebecca, which impassioned her to join CMAY to work towards all Yukon women having access to regulated midwifery services – including women in the smaller, remote communities. Rebecca now lives in Whitehorse with her husband and baby girl, Flora. Rebecca has an MA in Sociology from the University of Victoria and currently works for Vuntut Gwitchin Government from Whitehorse.
Haitian, activist and feminist, Paige Galette is passionately involved in political movements fighting for social justice; the labour movement, women's movement, Queer movement and the Black liberation. Strong advocate of reproductive justice, Paige hopes to see the implementation of regulated midwifery throughout the Territory, providing access for all Yukoners, including but not limited to; Yukon First Nations, Inuit and Métis people, racialized people, francophones, LGBQ2S and Trans and non-binary people. Paige is excited to be joining the CMAY board. With a Bachelor's Degree in Social Sciences and Political Sciences, Paige is currently training to become a Full-Spectrum Doula, with the hopes of integrating an intersectionality lens to her practice.
Leann is a certified, Whitehorse Doula, Childbirth Education Instructor, Lactation Educator, Infant Massage instructor and parenting support coach with over 15 years of experience. Leanne moved to the Yukon in 2000, as has been part of the birth community and passionate about birth choices and access ever since.
Rosemary is a homeschooling mother of three, gender equality advocate and lifelong student. Through Rosemary's own experience of midwifery supported births across three provinces as well as barriers to access she became an active advocate for access to midwifery care for all birthing folks! With a background in public policy and administration and passion for women's rights Rosemary aims to advocate for effective and responsive change through public policy.