My name is Lisa Delorme and I am a Metis Registered Midwife. I was born in Saskatchewan, lived in Ontario and then moved to the Slocan Valley when I was eighteen. I fell in love with the mountains, water, and community and immediately felt at home. This was the perfect place to raise my two children, both born at home with midwives.
My interest in midwifery started when I was a teen and grew from a passion for women’s health and traditional healing practices. After giving birth and becoming a mother my understanding of the significance of this time for pregnant people and their families deepened and my commitment to providing informative, non-judgmental, empowering care grew. While my children were young I worked as a Doula, learning to provide emotional and physical support to labouring families. I also developed skills in herbal medicine and graduated in 2003 from Dominion Herbal College with a Chartered Herbalist Diploma. When my children were old enough I began my midwifery education and graduated in 2013 with a Master of Science in Midwifery from Bastyr University. The next year I graduated from the International Pre-Registration Program and began practicing as a Registered Midwife.
In my work as a midwife I am influenced by the belief that how you give birth and how you are born can have a lifelong impact. I aim to provide knowledge and support to enable pregnant people and their
partners to feel confident in their choices and capable in their abilities to birth and parent. When caring for people I utilize both my medical and traditional training to optimize physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health. I feel strongly that gentle and connected birth experiences help create a foundation of trust and wellbeing for newborns. I believe that these elements can be held whether you have a home birth, a caesarean section or anything in between.
As a Metis woman, I am also very passionate about providing culturally safe and relevant care for Indigenous people. My involvement with Indigenous Midwifery and health extends to the provincial level and I serve as the co-chair for the Committee for Indigenous Birthing for the Midwives Association of British Columbia and sit on the Aboriginal Committee for the College of Midwives of British Columbia. I am also a proud member of the National Council of Aboriginal Midwives.
When I am not spending time with my lovely Colibri families and their sweet little ones, I enjoy gardening, swimming in our beautiful waters, hiking and participating in traditional healing ceremonies. I also love to sit around and laugh with my family. I am currently completing a training in herbal medicine for women’s health and am enjoying integrating new wisdom into my practice.