“The word Midwife means with woman [the birther]. It is more than a profession; it is a way of being, as well as a way of providing care. Our midwives take pride in offering dedicated, personalized care that is responsive to your unique experience of pregnancy and birth.”
Midwives have been regulated and legally recognized as autonomous primary health care practitioners in BC since 1998.
Mighty Oak Midwifery Care was founded by Joanna Norman in Kamloops in 2008; the first registered midwifery service in the Thompson-Cariboo-Shuswap region! Midwifery care was warmly welcomed by families in our community and over the years, the integration of a family-centered midwifery approach to care has helped to change the way that birth is supported by our entire maternity care team both in hospital and in community.
Building from just one registered midwife in 2008 to nine present day, midwives now provide care to more than three hundred families every year in Kamloops and nearby communities.
The Department of Midwifery was established at Royal Inland Hospital in 2011. Joanna Norman has served as Chief of the Department of Midwifery since its inception. Joanna also served as President of the Canadian Association of Midwives, Executive Board Member (MABC) Midwives Association of BC, Tribunal Member of the BC Hospital Appeal Board, Clinical Assistant Professor to the UBC Midwifery Education Program and Alumna to the UBC Midwifery Advisory Board, among other roles that made her uniquely suited to establish and lead the integration of midwifery in Kamloops.
The Midwifery Model of Care:
Most of your prenatal and postpartum care will take place at our convenient location in Tudor Village at a cozy midwifery clinic that offers a comforting, supportive environment and a full range of prenatal and childbirth preparation services. During the first week after your baby is born, your midwife will provide in-home visits for maternal and newborn care, including breastfeeding support.
Midwives value the opportunity to develop personalized care for each family. We want you to feel confident, heard and supported! Appointments with your midwife are 30-60 minutes so you have time to ask questions.
Midwives respect the right of every individual to be fully informed about their options and to participate fully in healthcare decisions every step of the way.
Midwives provide care for families in many settings: hospital, home and community. The right of a person to make an informed choice about the setting for their birth experience is a principle deeply respected by midwives.
All the midwives at Mighty Oak Midwifery are members of the medical staff and hold hospital admitting privileges at Royal Inland Hospital.
In 2021, the first collaborative maternity team was announced in Kamloops with the Thompson Region Family Obstetrics Group hiring two registered midwives to work together with their team of family physicians!
There are now midwives serving Lillooett and Williams Lake. We are very proud of the advancements that midwifery has made in the North Thompson / Cariboo since our early days over a decade ago!
Midwifery services are fully covered by your BC Care Card, including comprehensive care throughout pregnancy, birth and postpartum for the mother and her newborn. No referral required. New Client Form »