About Us

Welcome!

The Midwives Collective welcomes clients from all backgrounds and identities.
We are primary clinical care providers and social justice advocates who aim to
offer inclusive care for all pregnant people. Please let your midwife know which
pronouns or other words you would like used during your care.

Our Team

Andrea Dykstra

Andrea Dykstra

Registered Midwife

Andrea has been practicing in Victoria as a Registered Midwife since she graduated from the UBC Midwifery program in 2013. She has enjoyed the holistic nature of midwifery care, its ability to adapt to suit the individual woman and family for whom she cares for. Andrea enjoys the strong relationships that are built through one to one care with clients and families throughout the continuum of the perinatal period, from the first trimester of pregnancy to motherhood.

In addition to her Midwifery degree, Andrea has a university degree in Psychology and philosophy from UBC. In between studies, she has travelled Asia extensively and lived in India and Nepal for several years studying world religion and natural traditional forms of medicine. Andrea loves the incredible natural beauty of Victoria and feel so grateful to live on such a majestic island.

Ilana Stanger-Ross

Ilana Stanger-Ross

Registered Midwife

Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Ilana has been lucky enough to call Victoria home since 2005, when she began studying midwifery at the University of British Columbia. In addition to her midwifery training, Ilana holds a BA in History from Columbia University (New York) and an MA in English/Creative Writing from Temple University (Philadelphia).

Ilana has a deep interest in medicine and feminism, which merge, for her, in the practice of midwifery. She has spent the last several years immersed in the joys and challenges of pregnancy and parenting as both a clinician and a mother, and feels immensely privileged to be part of such an important time in the lives of pregnant people and their families.

Sarah Atkinson

Sarah Atkinson

Registered Midwife

Sarah has been a practicing midwife since graduating from the UBC Midwifery program in 2012. Her passion is providing client-centered, evidence-based care to childbearing families, both in Victoria and internationally. She considers herself extremely lucky to be able to provide midwifery care in beautiful Victoria, her home town.

Away from Victoria, Sarah has spent significant time working internationally as a midwife with Doctors Without Borders, most recently in Syria. She appreciates the opportunity in these settings to use her brain in a very different way, with a view to the overall reproductive health needs of a whole community.

Sarah maintains that the only thing nicer than leaving for an exciting new mission abroad is coming home to her lovely clients and colleagues at The Midwives Collective.

Frances Millerd

Frances Millerd

Registered Midwife

The story of a birth is something you remember for the rest of your life. Frances wanted to be a midwife to help make that the best story it can be. She see her job as a way to help build healthy, thriving families through the transformative time of pregnancy, birth and new parenthood. After four years of practice in Vancouver, Frances is excited to join Ilana and Sarah at the The Midwives Collective and meet all the families in care.

Frances trained through the UBC Midwifery program, graduating in 2014 after three clinical placements in BC and one in Uganda. In her spare time she works as a board member on the College of Midwives of BC. She loves to cook, paint, and spend time with her nieces and nephews. Frances grew up on Saltspring Island. Before becoming a midwife, she studied Communications and worked in TV and documentary film.

Jody Medernach

Jody Medernach

Registered Midwife

Jody is committed to birthing people and witnessing the unfolding story that follows them in their journey to parenthood. She adores seeing families – in whatever form that takes- being born along with their baby.

In addition to being a midwife, Jody is a mom to two teenagers and is the Vice-President of the Midwives Association of BC. She sits on several committees including the Canadian Association of Midwives Board. Prior to becoming a midwife, Jody earned her BA from the University of Regina and her MPA from the University of Victoria and spent several years working for the provincial government. Jody is a founding member of The Midwives Collective but is currently on leave. In her spare time Jody can be found gardening, canning or researching social media topics for the Collective.

Carrie Ellert

Carrie Ellert

Registered Midwife

Carrie completed her Bachelor of Science in nursing at the University of Calgary and worked for 14 years as a Pediatric Intensive Care nurse, where she also held education and leadership positions, prior to earning her midwifery degree at the University of British Columbia.

Growing up on a family farm in rural Alberta, Carrie observed the bond formed between various farm animals and their newborns and the community it took to grow them. Her path to midwifery began as a witness to the courage, strength and triumph of birth.

Carrie feels that it is an honour and privilege to continue to be in relationship with birth and to support the growth of families in the community of Victoria.

Jill Pearman

Jill Pearman

Registered Midwife

Originally from Toronto Ontario, Jill has been a practicing midwife in Victoria since 2001. Jill finds joy in the experience of developing relationships with each of her clients, which she believes is integral to providing skilled and sensitive maternity care. Jill is grateful for the meaningful work she has a midwife, and for the opportunity to assist in the birth of strong healthy families.

In addition to her clinical practice, Jill has been actively involved in the integration of Midwifery services in BC since 1995, and continues to focus her work on advocacy and leadership for the profession. Jill is currently the Midwifery Division Head in Victoria, Department Head for Midwifery for the Island, as well as the Maternity Medical Lead at Victoria General Hospital. Jill is passionate about promoting inter-disciplinary teamwork to ensure that clients receive the best possible care during their pregnancy, birthing and postpartum journey.

Jill also holds a BA in Women’s and Environmental Studies (University of Victoria), and has a keen interest in herbal medicine and complimentary therapies. When Jill is not busy with midwifery – she enjoys singing, cycling, and gardening.

Julia Young

Julia Young

Office Manager

Julia has been the office manager for The Midwives Collective for the past three years. She is also a trained doula and a homeopathic practitioner with a specific interest in birth and early childhood. Julia has taught at Pacific Rim College and attended many workshops on birth related issues. She holds a BA in anthropology and prior to joining The Midwives Collective spent many years teaching fine arts to children.

Our Clinic

At The Midwives Collective, we strive to foster relationships and strengthen families. We are committed to our clients, our profession, and our community. We are leaders, teachers, writers, advocates, and mothers, working at home and abroad to ensure safe, nurturing, client-centered care for all pregnant people.

Our clinic is accessible, child-friendly, and community-focused. We are located in central Victoria, just past the intersection of Cook & Yates.

We regularly host evening events and workshops, focusing on the journey from pregnancy into parenthood. (See our upcoming events in resources.)

We have on-site parking and are well served by public transit. Our building offers a Lifelabs and a Rexall pharmacy, as well as its own café, and is fully wheelchair & stroller accessible.

We look forward to hearing from you, and supporting you through pregnancy, birth, and the early postpartum.

We are a UBC Teaching Practice

The Midwives Collective is a teaching site for midwifery, medical, and nursing students. We are committed to growing our profession and ensuring collaborative care; precepting students allows us to train the next generation of midwives and to introduce midwifery skills and practices to future health care providers.

We hope you will feel comfortable including learners in your care, and will always ensure that this is your choice to make.

A big thank you to birth photographer Shea Long at Coastal Lifestyles Photo and Liz Rubincam at Rubysmith Photography for the beautiful photos on our website, as well as to director Emma Lazenby for the wonderful illustrations from her film, “Mother of Many.”

Testimonials
“My wonderful, caring midwives were made even more exceptional by their collaboration. We felt so fortunate to benefit from their complementary knowledge and experiences. We were also grateful for their efforts to involve our older child, who, reluctant at first, looked forward to every midwife visit, and ultimately loved becoming an older brother."

- Alena

Testimonials
“I love these women like members of my family. From my online submission I felt so wonderfully supported, never mind the care I received during 4 pregnancies (including one loss). My amazing midwives always put my fears, concerns or anxieties at bay, answering any and all questions and giving the utmost care. Appointments were like catching up with a friend, and I looked forward to each and every one, while dreading the final appointment knowing I had to say goodbye! I’m so grateful for the team at the Midwives Collective and for having the opportunity to have them care for my family during the most important times in our lives. We speak of them and their amazing job often in our home. "

- Angela

Testimonials
“Best decision ever going with this group of phenomenal midwives. Our hero midwife on call for the big day was absolutely fantastic, and Baby Jack was born safe and sound. Our midwife’s dedication and presence during labour was amazing, and we so enjoyed seeing her postpartum as well. I looked forward to each and every appointment! They made us feel heard, supported, and taken care of, (with the perfect amount of light heartedness in there too). I am still truly sad that our time together is finished (for now!). Count yourself truly lucky if you find yourself in the capable hands of any of these amazing women - they will make your journey even more special. Thanks doesn’t even begin to cover it.”

- Jessica

Testimonials
"This is my second pregnancy but first with this midwife. I have had a lot going on both medically and personally and my midwife has been so amazing and supportive while at the same time factual and to the point, easing my concerns with info and facts."

- Anonymous

Testimonials
"My midwife is the most amazing person/midwife who helped to make my pregnancy, birth and the six weeks after my boy was born, so incredible. She’s so knowledgeable, kind, gentle and easy to be completely comfortable with. I am so lucky to have had her through the most wonderful experience of my life and am so thankful to her."

- Dana

Testimonials
"The care my midwife gave our family was second to none. She helped me birth my first son into this world, but it was the birth of my second son where I am forever in debt to her. We discovered my son was breech. She advocated for me for a week with obs. She made sure I understood every step and when I went in labour and the only choice left was a C-section she gave me emotional support. I had never been in surgery before, stepped into an operating room or had an epidural. All of these things terrified me. As I was about to get the epidural, I lost it emotionally, I was crying and shaking from fear and she held me and talked me through it. I don't know how I would have gotten through that without her. She cared not only for my experience but that of my older children. She is caring, compassionate and the most knowledgeable medical practitioner I have ever encountered."

-Danielle

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Our clinic is accessible, child-friendly, and community-focused. We are located in central Victoria, just past the intersection of Cook & Yates.

We regularly host evening events and workshops, focusing on the journey from pregnancy into parenthood. (See our upcoming events in resources.)

We have on-site parking and are well served by public transit. Our building offers a Lifelabs and a Rexall pharmacy, as well as its own café, and is fully wheelchair & stroller accessible.

We look forward to hearing from you, and supporting you through pregnancy, birth, and the early postpartum.