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.

We recognize that we practice on the traditional land of the lək̓ʷəŋən peoples, known today as the Esquimalt, Songhees, and W̱SÁNEĆ First Nations, whose relationships with these lands continue through the present day. We acknowledge that the traditional birthing practices of these Nations were destroyed by colonization. We commit to being mindful of our roles in ongoing colonialism in birth work and perinatal care, to decolonizing our own practice, and to providing safe and culturally-sensitive care to our Indigenous clients and their families. In solidarity with the ongoing work of decolonization of midwifery practice in BC and throughout Canada, we offer our support to our indigenous colleagues working as midwives throughout BC, and welcome any feedback on our own practices as midwives of settler backgrounds.

Our Team

Maheen Maryam

Maheen Maryam

Registered Midwife, Juniper Team

Maheen (she/her) is originally from Markham, Ontario. She earned her Bachelor of Health Sciences in Midwifery from Toronto Metropolitan University (previously Ryerson University). She is passionate about making midwifery care more accessible and ensuring clients feel confident in decision making related to their care. She feels privileged to be a part of such intimate moments in peoples’ lives. Prior to midwifery, she studied Food and Nutrition at Toronto Metropolitan University where she focused on finding sustainable ways to fight food insecurity. In addition to speaking English, Maheen is conversational in Urdu and American Sign Language. She is also involved with the Canadian Association of Midwives’ Board of Directors and is interested in expanding her avenues for advocating for equitable change.

In addition to midwifery work, Maheen enjoys a sunny day with a good book, making and applying mehndi, and being with her family and dog. She is thrilled to be serving the families of Victoria and providing inclusive care for all.

Heather Nelson

Heather Nelson

Registered Midwife, Juniper Team

Heather was born and raised in Victoria and has worked here as a Registered Midwife since graduating from the UBC Midwifery program in 2008. She has had the privilege and pleasure of working with and learning from a diverse clientele over the past 15 years, including newcomers to Canada, Indigenous families, LGBTQ2S+ families and families affected by poverty. With respectful communication, curiosity, and solid clinical skills, Heather builds strong relationships with her clients and feels great joy in accompanying folks on their journey to parenthood. She is committed to providing accessible, equitable, and culturally safe midwifery care to clients.

Heather worked for 15 years at Access Midwifery, first as an Associate Midwife and then as a clinic owner. With Access closing in September 2023, Heather is excited to continue her midwifery work at The Midwives Collective, working with a dynamic and innovative group of colleagues.  Heather served as Division Head for Midwifery in Victoria from 2019-2022. She also has a Bachelor’s Degree in Science from the University of Guelph.

Heather and her family live near the Gorge Waterway, as uninvited guests on the traditional territories of the Songhees and Esquimalt people. Heather’s two children were born at home, into the capable and caring hands of midwives. Spending time in her garden, on the water, and in the forest fills up her soul. She also can be found cheering on her kids on at sporting and music events, canning and juicing the bounty from her garden, and reading a good novel when time allows!

Ilana Stanger-Ross

Ilana Stanger-Ross

Registered Midwife, Juniper Team

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) and is the author of “A is for Advice (The Reassuring Kind): Wisdom for Pregnancy” (Harper Collins: 2019). A former Board Member of the College of Midwives of British Columbia, she now sits on the Inquiry committee for the BC College of Nurses and Midwives.

Ilana has a deep interest in medicine and feminism, which merge, for her, in the practice of midwifery. She has spent many 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.

Chloe Dayman

Chloe Dayman

Registered Midwife, Juniper Team

It is with great excitement that I join The Midwives Collective as of September 2020 to work with a lovely team of midwives and to care for the families who come to our practice. I call Victoria home and have had the pleasure of working as a registered midwife here since 2011.

My inspiration to become a midwife has perhaps been with me since the day I was born! My parents planned a home birth with midwives in Kitsilano Vancouver at a time when midwifery was neither regulated nor common practice. I was born at home and from that day onward, the seed of midwifery has been planted in my mind and heart.

I see midwifery as a perfect mixture of clinical care, relationship building, and empowerment. In 2007 I graduated from the UBC Midwifery Program. I have had the pleasure of working with many families in both rural and large city settings. I am passionate about working with alternative parenting arrangements–LGBTQ2S families, surrogates & single parents. I look forward to meeting you and helping you through this new & exciting journey of pregnancy and parenthood. As a parent of three busy children myself I can’t wait to guide you through this process!

Andrea Dykstra

Andrea Dykstra

Registered Midwife, Sage Team

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.

Kelsey Christofi

Kelsey Christofi

Registered Midwife, Sage Team

It is a privilege to be working with and supporting birthing people and their families at The Midwives Collective. I am honoured to bear witness to these transformative family events, and look forward to building relationships within these interactions.

I completed my midwifery training at UBC in 2018; I have worked with midwives and other maternity care providers in Victoria, Nelson, Richmond, Vancouver, and Mbale, Uganda. These opportunities have allowed me to deepen my compassion, skills, and support in my work with families, and to forge heartwarming connections. I am thrilled to be returning to Victoria to work with the lovely families in this community.

Previous to Midwifery school, I completed a Bachelors Degree in Biomedicine and International Development at McGill University in Montreal, and worked in the field of Maternal Global Health and HIV. I am currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Epidemiology at UBC, and for my thesis am investigating reasons for elevated rates of postpartum hemorrhage in Canada’s Northern populations. I am passionate about public health (and statistics!), and intend to continue working towards improving maternity care experiences for families in our country and globally.

I have a passion for serving birthing people of diverse needs in our local and global communities, and promoting equal access to respectful maternity care. Before becoming a midwife, I provided Doula services for clients with multiple social and economic barriers in Vancouver, and have worked as an educator in rural pregnancy health programs and women’s sexual health initiatives in diverse neighbourhoods in the Punjab, India and Uganda. These experiences, among others, have inspired me to become a care provider who facilitates pregnant people birthing their babies with power and dignity.

When taking a break from catching cute babies, I enjoy exploring by bike, karaoke, collecting Star Wars memorabilia, and most of all, adventuring with my new favourite little person- my son Arakletes (Ari). I look forward to meeting you and providing your family with compassionate care and support on this incredible journey!

Maha Maryam-Killoran

Maha Maryam-Killoran

Registered Midwife, Sage Team

Maha (she/her) is thrilled to be joining the incredible team at The Midwives Collective! Originally from Markham, Ontario, Maha was drawn to midwifery because of the client-centred model of care and emphasis on informed choice. Maha holds a Bachelor of Health Sciences in Midwifery from Toronto Metropolitan University (previously Ryerson), and a Bachelor of Arts in Cognitive Science of Language from McMaster University. In addition to English, Maha offers care in Urdu/Hindi and American Sign Language. Through her midwifery training and work in Ontario, Maha had the privilege of working at Canada’s first Alongside Midwifery Unit, the Toronto Birth Centre, and the International Breastfeeding Centre, and hopes to use the skills she gained at these centres to serve the diverse families of Victoria.

In addition to clinical work, Maha is involved in various midwifery-led research projects and is a founding member of the Canadian Alliance of Racialized Midwives (CARM). Maha has also previously served on the Canadian Association of Midwives’ Board of Directors, the Association of Ontario Midwives’ Racial Equity Committee, and the Health Network for Uninsured Clients in the Toronto area. When she’s not busy with midwifery work, Maha enjoys reading, daydreaming about building a birth centre, and spending time outdoors with her family and their three dogs.

Dr Emma Noble

Dr Emma Noble

Family Physician, Member of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)

I’m Dr. Emma Noble, a family physician with a passion for helping families navigate early parenthood. I am a member of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).
As a mama of three, I have personally experienced breastfeeding challenges, postpartum depression and many years of sleep deprivation so I understand how overwhelming it can feel at times to be a new parent.
I am here to meet and support you exactly where you are on your breastfeeding/chestfeeding journey. Together we will explore your infant feeding goals and develop a plan that feels enjoyable and nurturing for you and your baby.
Dr Noble is available for breast/chestfeeding medicine consultations at The Midwives Collective by provider or self-referral here.

Frances Millerd

Frances Millerd

Registered Midwife and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)

I specialize in postpartum and lactation care for new families. I’m inspired by the true marvel for human lactation and love to help new parents reach their goals for feeding their babies. In those tender early days, I believe that sufficient support and gentle, knowledgeable care can be transformative in building healthy, thriving families. I’m delighted to be offering clinic time at The Midwives Collective as well as home visits in the community.
I worked in full clinical practice in Vancouver and Victoria before specializing in postpartum care and lactation. I’ve served on the Board of the College of Midwives, and I trained through the UBC Midwifery program, graduating in 2014 after clinical placements across BC and in Uganda.
When I’m not caring for new families, I love to bake pies, garden and spend time with my own family, which includes one bouncy toddler and one even bouncier poodle-cross. Before I was a midwife I studied Communications and worked in TV and documentary film. I grew up on Saltspring Island.

Ashley Jagga, RM

Ashley Jagga, RM

Locum Juniper Team February-June 2024

Hello, namaste and sat sri akaal! I am incredibly excited to be experiencing  beautiful British Columbia for my first time and doing so whilst working with the diverse families of Victoria — what a privilege and honour. I graduated from the Midwifery Education Program at McMaster and have been practicing in the Greater Toronto Area in Ontario ever since, one of the many places I call home.

I am an advocate for racial equity and committed to trauma informed, anti-oppressive, family-centred care. I also offer care in English, Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi. I have been on the Association of Ontario Midwives’ Racial Equity Committee (REC) since its outset and am also on the Canadian Alliance of Racialized Midwives (CARM). I am passionate about cultural sensitivity, empowerment and advocacy through informed client care as well as consultancy/advisory work. I’m looking forward to working alongside you and your family.

Jenny Knoll, RM

Jenny Knoll, RM

Locum Sage Team February 2024-April 2025

Hi! My name is Jenny Knoll and I am a 2019 graduate of McMaster University’s Midwifery Education Program. I came to midwifery after studying Anthropology, and then working in obstetrical research as well as a number of odd jobs. After graduating, I worked in southwestern Ontario for 4 years before moving to beautiful British Columbia. I have also done rural and remote locum work in Ontario and Nunavik, Quebec, supporting Indigenous midwives to bring birth back to their communities.

I find so much joy caring for diverse families at such a profound time in their lives: the unpredictable schedule of birth work feeds my passion for adventure and means that no day is ever the same.

In my free time, you’ll find me camping, hiking, cooking, spending time with my rambunctious nieces and nephews, or curled up with a good book.

I look forward to meeting you and your family!

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.

Jill Pearman

Jill Pearman

Registered Midwife/Island Health Department Head & Medical Director – Midwifery, Sage Team

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.

Sarah Atkinson

Sarah Atkinson

Registered Midwife, Division Head / Midwifery Lead (Geography 4), Sage Team

Sarah has been a practicing midwife since 2012. She loves providing client-centred, evidence-based care to childbearing families, in Canada and globally. She considers herself extremely lucky to be able to provide midwifery care in Victoria, her hometown.

Sarah holds a master’s degree in Public Health and is passionate about improving equity in global reproductive health and rights. She has spent two years working as a midwife with Doctors Without Borders and continues to be involved in global midwifery work.

Samihah Patel

Samihah Patel

RM Sage Team

Samihah (she/her) completed her Bachelor of Health Sciences in Midwifery at Laurentian University in 2021. She has been registered as a midwife in Ontario since then and has had the privilege of providing midwifery care near Toronto on Huron-Wendat & Haudenosaunee lands, where she grew up.

Samihah has enjoyed having the opportunity to train & work with midwives and other clinicians in the Greater Toronto Area and in Iloilo, Philippines. These experiences have provided her with valuable perspective about midwifery, healthcare & cultural humility that she hopes to bring to clients at The Midwives Collective.

Prior to training in midwifery, Samihah worked as a lifeguard and swimming/ lifesaving instructor. She is passionate about ensuring that all families receive care such that they feel informed and empowered. Samihah feels truly blessed to have the opportunity to provide care to midwifery clients in Victoria and is so looking forward to forming new connections through this profound work.

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 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.”

Alena
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

Alena
Angela
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

Angela
Jessica
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

Jessica
Anonymous
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

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Dana
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

Dana
Danielle
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 have on-site parking and are well served by public transit. Our building offers a Lifelabs and a Rexall pharmacy and is fully wheelchair & stroller accessible. We look forward to hearing from you, and supporting you through pregnancy, birth, and the early postpartum.

Thank you to photographers Shea Long and Ashley Marston, as well as Director Emma Lazenby, for the use of their photos and images.

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