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Another unlicensed midwife has been caught practicing on Vancouver Island


The BC College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM) has issued another warning of another unlicenced midwife working on Vancouver Island.

BCCNM is notifying residents that a woman in the Comox Valley area may be offering birth attendant services despite not being registered with the college.

In a notice posted to the organizations website, several reports were made that Erika Nabuurs was advertising birth attendant services, without being permitted to do so.

“Erika Nabuurs has never been and is not a registrant of BCCNM and is not entitled to practice as a midwife in British Columbia,” said the college.

Residents can check the colleges website to see if people are verified registrants of the college.

Earlier this month, BCCNM said it was probing allegations regarding a self-described “childbirth activist” hailing from Vancouver Island.

That incident involved RCMP and the BC College of Nurses and Midwives officials searching the home of Gloria Lemay’s in Duncan.

Lemay has been permanently banned from working as a midwife since 2000.
“The BCCNM will review the evidence seized and determine the next steps to be taken against Ms. Lemay,” said the organization in a statement at the time.

Related: Duncan woman acting as midwife has been banned from practicing since 2000

According to a report by CBC, Lemay has a lengthy record of flouting court orders regarding the unlawful practice of midwifery, leading to jail time for contempt of court.

She’s also faced scrutiny over incidents involving the deaths of a newborn and a fetus under her care.

Lemay faced charges of criminal negligence causing death following a fetus’s death during delivery in 1985. Although initially found guilty in BC Supreme Court, she was later acquitted upon appeal.

The Supreme Court of Canada ruled she couldn’t be convicted due to the legal status of a fetus.

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