Meet Our Staff

Heather Wood, Registered Midwife

Heather Wood

I am a founding partner of Access Midwifery. Our clinic has expanded since 2006 to include many dynamic and energetic midwives and nurse practitioners. Our mission continues to be to serve all clients, with a focus on serving individuals and families whose lives are made more challenging by factors such as poverty, violence, substance use and dislocation.

I am a graduate of the Midwifery Program at McMaster University. I have learned so much from the people I work with, from my colleagues and from midwives I’ve worked with in Saskatchewan, Ontario and British Columbia. Being with families as they birth with strength and dignity makes this work tremendously rewarding.

Our three adult children were all born with the help of midwives.

Lorna J. McRae, Registered Midwife

Lorna McRae

I have been working with Heather Wood since we studied together at McMaster University to become Registered Midwives in the late 1990s.

We founded Access Midwifery and Family Care together. Our plan was to establish a practice to respectfully serve all parents to be with excellent clinical care. That is what we continue to do. I have worked in community development, anti-violence work, and as faculty teaching in the Midwifery Program at the University of British Columbia.

I love my work. It is amazing to see such strength and determination of families growing every day!

Heather Nelson, Registered Midwife

Heather Nelson

It is a privilege to work with families at Access Midwifery and Family Care, here in my hometown of Victoria. It is also a pleasure to work with such skilled and committed colleagues on a daily basis.

I graduated from the University of British Columbia’s Midwifery Education Program in 2008. I have learned from and worked with midwives and other maternity care providers in the Lower Mainland, on Salt Spring Island, in Uganda, and here in Victoria. I continue to learn from the many families I have served over the past 10+ years as a Registered Midwife

My own children were born at home, into the caring and capable hands of our midwife. Having received the benefit of midwifery care myself, I strive to bring the knowledge, compassion, and advocacy of the profession to the clients we serve at Access Midwifery.

 Misty Wasyluk, Registered Midwife

Misty Wasyluk

I received my Bachelor of Health Sciences in Midwifery Degree in 2005 from Laurentian University in Sudbury Ontario.  My work has given me the opportunity to work with diverse families in South Eastern Ontario, the Fraser Valley and now Victoria where my family is eagerly growing roots.

I have become a mother to two sons, Sequoia and Wren. I look forward to working with my dedicated colleagues and inspiring families and look forward to being your care provider during one of the most transformational times in your life. It is truly an honour.

 Adrienne Carruthers, Registered Midwife

Adrienne Carruthers

I feel truly lucky to be a member of the inspiring and supportive team at Access. In my personal practice, along with the help of my supportive practice group, I strive to provide safe care to LGBTQ2S families, single parents, and surrogate gestational carriers. As well, I am committed to harm reduction, trauma-informed care and anti-oppressive approaches to health care.

I grew up in London, Ontario, as a 2nd generation English settler on Haudenosaunee territory. I graduated from the McMaster Midwifery Program in Hamilton in 2013. I’m far from my hometown but I couldn’t be more pleased to be located on the traditional territories of the Lekwungen speaking people. In my spare time, I enjoy all the lakes, coast, and forest this beautiful land has to offer.

Throughout the fall and winter of 2018 – I will be on temporary contract at a birth centre in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut.

 Chloe Dayman, Registered Midwife

Chloe Dayman

It is a pleasure to work in this collaborative team at Access Midwifery & Family Care. I enthusiastically welcome you and your family to experience the thorough, respectful & supportive care we provide.

Since my graduation in 2007 from the UBC Midwifery Program I have been working as a full time midwife. I have worked in Victoria, Vancouver & Cranbrook and experienced a wide variety of differing models of care with many families. I call Victoria home and am thrilled to be permanently here since 2012. I live in the Tillicum neighborhood with my partner and our two daughters. I look forward to seeing you in our community.

Katrina Abel, Office Administrator

Katrina Abel

It is a privilege to work with such amazing midwives and to help support them and the families that they serve.  My past work history is in Office Management, Human Resources and Medical Office.

I was lucky to have had midwifery care for the youngest of my four children. We are a busy family with 3 sons and one daughter!

I look forward to meeting you and your families!

Students and Locums

Aisia Salo, Locum for Misty Wasyluk
Sep 2019 to Aug 2019

Aisia Salo

I am so excited to be a locum midwife here at Access Midwifery! I learned so much from dear Lorna during part of my UBC training way back 10 or so years ago! I have spent the last eight years working as a midwife in Calgary, where I attended so many lovely births, many of them at home and in water. Circumstances have fatefully brought me back home to Victoria (finally!), and I live just down the road from the clinic.

Recently I got to experience birth from the inside, and gave birth myself to Iris (3) and Macy (1), both at home under the care of midwives.

I have learned so much over my 10 years of practice, and still enjoy my job every single day, and every single birth. I can’t imagine doing anything else.

While not midwifing I enjoy getting crafty, cooking, or exploring our beautiful coast.

It is a privilege to be able to offer the individualized and wholistic support that birthing families deserve.

Melanie Mason, Registered Midwife

Melanie Mason

Hi! My name is Melanie. I am thrilled to be joining the team at Access as a registered midwife and to serve the families of this community.

I completed my midwifery education at the University of British Columbia. Throughout my educational journey I had the honour of serving several communities in BC including Victoria, Duncan, Kamloops and Abbotsford. I had the privilege to learn under wise midwives, obstetricians, nurses and other healthcare providers.

Prior to midwifery I completed a Bachelor of Arts with a major in psychology and minor in Indigenous studies. I look forward to incorporating the knowledge and skills that I have gained throughout my previous undergraduate and midwifery education to best serve the families at Access Midwifery.

As a Metis woman with a passion for client-centered care, I have a real interest in expanding midwifery services in Indigenous communities. Giving birth can be a powerful and life-changing experience for the birthing person, their family, and their community. I believe that the care and support provided by midwives is a significant step in ensuring the health and happiness of our society.

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