Meet Our Midwives

Janette Batacharya

I was born in Oakville, Ontario in the 70s, spent my younger years there then travelled for school and work and lived in Thunder Bay, Hamilton, and Sudbury. My ancestors were South Asian Bengali and Irish. My parents and ancestors came to this land as immigrants and settlers. I have single parented two amazing sons from the Ojibwe, Odawa and Pottawami nation. They are Treaty members from Wikwemikong Unceded FN on Manitoulin Island.

I had midwives with both of my pregnancies in 1995 and 2000 and the experience inspired my interest in pursuing a career in midwifery when I was 26. I have 3 degrees, 2 from Lakehead University and formal Midwifery education from McMaster University. I worked as a Registered Midwife in Ontario from 2002-2017 and then worked in Nunavik from 2015-2017 for locums. From 2004-2017, I led a midwifery practice called Midwives of Sudbury. While studying and working in Ontario I have attended over 1000 deliveries. My most recent position has been in Fort Smith, NT from 2017- 2021.

I have over 20 years of experience studying midwifery and providing primary care as a Registered Midwife in Canada. I have working in urban and rural areas and have a lot of experience working with Indigenous families and BIPOC communities. I look forward to and will enjoy sharing my knowledge and facilitating a positive pregnancy, birth and postpartum experience for your family.

I have ample experience with both low to higher risk Obstetrics and support births in hospital and out of hospital setting that are most meaningful to your family. I am a Canadian Red Cross Midwife Emergency Relief Unit delegate and a Surgical Assistant for Caesarean Births.

I spend time with my sons attending traditional events and enjoy taking time on the land and in the bush picking medicines and berries. I appreciate the roads less travelled and experiencing unique places and good food!

I look forward to meeting your family and learning about your needs and how I can support you in your pregnancy and parenting journey.

I am very excited to be joining Lucina Midwives in Edmonton this January 2022!

Carly Beaulieu

Carly’s passion for midwifery began after her son was born at the Lethbridge Regional Hospital in 2003. She subsequently had a homebirth with her daughter and loved it so much she felt the need to help others do the same.

Carly began serving women in childbirth as a doula in Calgary. She then graduated with a Master of Science in Midwifery from the Midwives College of Utah.

In 2010, Carly moved to Edmonton to begin her clinical practice and she started out working at the Westview Hospital in Stony Plain. When the maternity unit was closed at Westview in 2011, Carly was fortunate enough to be a part of the opening of Lucina Centre!

She is now the Practice Lead for Lucina Midwives. Carly is very honoured to serve the women of Edmonton and area.

 Samantha Chisholm

Hello everyone, my name is Sam (She/Her/They/Them), and I am so excited to be starting with Lucina Midwives in January 2021! I was born and raised in Kenora ON (Northern Ontario) which is where my love of midwifery began. I started attending births at the age of 15 with the local midwife in Kenora. Once I graduated high school I was accepted into the Midwifery Program at Laurentian University in Sudbury. Upon completing my degree in 2016 I began working in Southern Ontario. After finishing my New Registrant year I moved to Central Alberta and started working with a rural practice. After a couple of years spent in Rocky Mountain House, my wife Sierra and I moved to Edmonton. We live with our three kitties and our newly adopted dog Gus! I love to get outside, practice photography, play musical instruments, bake and cook, and play board games. I am greatly looking forward to meeting all of my wonderful future clients! I have a great passion for providing evidence based, compassionate, and informed choice centered care to all pregnant people and their families. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be part of your journey!

Kerstin Gåfvels

I graduated from nursing in Sweden 1977 and immigrated to Canada in 1984. I became interested in midwifery after the birth of my second child, and returned to Sweden to complete my midwifery degree in 1990.

I have been lucky to have had the opportunity to explore childbirth from many different perspectives. I developed and taught Prenatal Yoga classes, worked with pregnant social high-risk and new immigrant women in a primary care clinic. I helped implement Inuit midwifery and education while working as a Maternal Newborn Health Services Consultant for the Government of Nunavut.

In 2011 I co-founded the Lucina Birth and Family Wellness Centre in Edmonton. This was to offer families more options for where to give birth and promote out of hospital birthing. I have mainly practiced as a primary care midwife and mostly in community settings

I always strive to facilitate a broad and holistic approach to childbirth. Midwifery and the families I have met over the years have been a lesson in trust, humility, and mystery.

In my spare time I love to travel, I’m trying to explore as much as possible of this remarkable, beautiful world we live in.

Joanna Greenhalgh

Joanna began her career as a nurse in Montreal in the early 70’s, and qualified as a midwife in England in 1978. As a nurse, she has worked and taught in neonatal intensive care in Montreal, Toronto and Edmonton, earning Masters degrees in Adult Education and Nursing. She has worked as a midwife for almost 25 years both in England and in the Edmonton area (Birth Choices Midwifery, Shared Care Maternity Program, Westside Midwives).

“I believe that a person is his/her own expert, and therefore choices are important. I believe in the power of thought, touch and connection (especially in mother and baby) in creating experience. We often spend so much time worrying about what could happen or did happen, instead of focusing on the joy of living life now. I believe in the power of positive feedback to nurture self-trust and strength.”

Laura Gibb

Laura has been a Registered Nurse since 2009 and became a Midwife in 2015. She has both a bachelor’s degree in Nursing and a master’s degree in Midwifery. She joined Lucina Midwives in 2019.

She views birth as a transformative event in a woman’s life. The physical and emotional challenges of pregnancy, labour, birth, and the postpartum period are different for each woman and family. She tailors her care to meet individual and family needs and believes informed decision making is an important component of care so that families can make the best decisions for themselves and their baby. She is passionate about midwifery care and how diet, exercise, and herbs, supplements, and homeopathics can positively affect pregnancy and birth outcomes and prevent complications.

Before entering the medical field, she earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and then lived in both Spain and France for several years.  She is fluent in French and Spanish.

Laura is married to a Frenchman and has two children.  Her youngest child was born at home. Laura enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors, travelling, and reading.

Brianne Luscombe

It was during my first pregnancy that I was introduced to midwifery and my love for informed choice, discussions, and home birth instantly took shape. When my previous career in massage therapy started to specialize in prenatal and postpartum massage, I started down the path towards becoming a midwife. I attended Laurentian in Ontario and graduated in 2019.

I believe Midwifery is the balance between helping you trust your body and knowing when to intervene to assist you. I found the biggest way to trust your body or have the strength to make tough decisions is to understand your options. I believe that knowing your midwife and information helps you make the choices that are best for your family. I really love seeing the strength of pregnant people and couples as they become a family. I love watching the growth in people through their pregnancy

My family consists of myself, my husband and 3 young girls who love the outdoors. I have a love of rock climbing, hiking, camping, running and relaxing with a good book and cup of tea.

Gianella Pana

3rd Year Student Midwife

I joined Lucina in Spring 2020 and I love assisting expecting families and their midwives. I spent over ten years living and working in Europe and South America in a myriad of professional roles, such as community organizer, small-business owner and educator, and I am excited to bring my business and project management experience to the Birth Centre and Lucina Midwives.

Pregnancy and childbirth can be an exciting and overwhelming time in one’s life, and it takes an entire team to provide the best care. In my role as office and birth centre manager, I strive to create an efficient and welcoming experience for our clients.

I had my three children abroad in Denmark and Spain—one in hospital and two at home—all under the care of midwives. I am motivated to contribute to the birth centre and support birth choices in Edmonton.

Sarah Freire

I joined Lucina in Spring 2020 and I love assisting expecting families and their midwives. I spent over ten years living and working in Europe and South America in a myriad of professional roles, such as community organizer, small-business owner and educator, and I am excited to bring my business and project management experience to the Birth Centre and Lucina Midwives.

Pregnancy and childbirth can be an exciting and overwhelming time in one’s life, and it takes an entire team to provide the best care. In my role as office and birth centre manager, I strive to create an efficient and welcoming experience for our clients.

I had my three children abroad in Denmark and Spain—one in hospital and two at home—all under the care of midwives. I am motivated to contribute to the birth centre and support birth choices in Edmonton.

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