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.

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.

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.

Kayla Woodman

As the Birth Centre Manager, I handle everything required to keep things running smoothly and am the person you’ll connect with for billing and tours. You’ll find me running around the Lucina Birth Centre at all hours, cooking our famous pumpkin spice waffles, and making sure everything is perfect for your big day!

When I’m not working at the birth centre, I passionately support and guide families throughout their journey to parenthood as a Certified DONA Birth Doula and a Birthing From Within Doula and Childbirth Educator.