Our Team


Noreen Walker, RM

Noreen Walker, RM 1949-2017

Passages Midwifery is the midwifery practice founded by Noreen Walker, RM. Noreen was a pioneer of the midwifery community in Alberta, who had practiced over 40 years and welcomed thousands of babies into this world. Her firm belief that every family is capable of achieving their own safe and perfect birth experience is the core principle of all the midwives of Passages. Regardless of culture, sexual orientation, weight, or previous birth history, what matters is that you are empowered to design your own experience. The loss of Noreen will be felt forever; however, we are determined that her philosophy will live on through the midwives of our practice and the women that we serve.

To apply for care, please send a blank email to apply@passagesmidwifery.com. You will be sent an automatic response with instructions on how to register.

Heather Martin, RM, MN

Heather Martin, RM, MN

Heather Martin, RM, MN

Heather Martin, RM, MN

Heather hails from Regina, Saskatchewan where her passion for maternity care was ignited after visiting a friend with her new baby.  She began her nursing education in 1999, qualifying for the Accelerated Nursing Education Program of Saskatchewan. She graduated in 2002 and began working in a labour and delivery unit.  She also spent one year working full time in a tertiary level NICU.

It was Heather’s zest for learning, and a sense that she needed a change, that brought her to Edmonton to pursue her Masters in Nursing at the University of Alberta. Heather had developed a passion for global maternal health and had the unique opportunity to conduct her thesis research in Ghana, Africa, studying community support for childbearing women. Through her studies, Heather learned more about midwifery and a new fire was lit.

In 2011, Heather was accepted to Laurentian University’s Midwifery Education Program. She benefited enormously from the wonderful women in South Western Ontario who allowed her to be involved in their care and, of course, from the midwives whose experience and confidence in birth allowed her to learn, grow, and truly become a midwife.

Heather completed her Bachelor of Health Sciences Degree in Midwifery, Cum Laude, in the spring of 2013 and returned to Edmonton to begin her new career at JoySring Midwifery. Working alongside childbearing women and their families through JoySpring was an absolute pleasure.  

After the passing of Noreen Walker in the spring of 2017, Heather was compelled to help Passages Midwifery continue to provide care to the thousands of families who Noreen had dedicated her life to. It is an honour for Heather to be walking in the footsteps laid by such an inspiring and strong woman.  

When not busy catching babies, Heather has contributed to provincial midwifery as Vice President of the Alberta Association of Midwives, midwife-member of the MoreOB Core Team at Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton, and data collection for a study led by Dr. Beverly O’Brien on water immersion in labour and birth. Once in a while spare time and adventure find a happy mix, providing Heather with important opportunities to present at such events as the International Confederation of Midwives Conference in Prague, Czechoslovakia (June 2014), the CAPWHN Conference in Regina (2014), and the POGO Conference in Regina (2016). Heather participates as a member of the Provincial Midwifery Executive Committee for Alberta Health Services and in September 2016, she assumed the role of Clinical Midwifery Director for the Edmonton, Central, and North Zone.

Heather enjoys traveling, her two rambunctious kitties, relaxing with family and friends, preparing great meals, and crocheting beautiful newborn hats for the sweet little babies she helps to welcome into the world.

pronouns: she/ her

Melanna Mamo, RM

Melanna Mamo, RM

Melanna Mamo, RM

Melanna Mamo, RM

Midwifery has meant more to me than a job or career, it is one of my life’s passions. I attended my first birth at 13 years old, and felt an intuitive connection to the process of pregnancy and childbirth. Throughout my young life I had a clear focus on getting into midwifery school, and in 2011 I joined the first class of Mount Royal University B. Midwifery students in Calgary.

When I was a second year student I felt pretty lucky to join Noreen Walker here at Passages for a semester of placement. That experience opened my eyes to how midwifery could be practiced from the heart, and how to trust birth and women’s bodies.

After I graduated, I moved to east Vancouver to work in a very busy practice, but missed Alberta very much. I was beyond excited when Noreen offered me a place in her practice, and the opportunity to once again call Edmonton home!

In addition to my work as a midwife I am a lover of good food, time outside, laughs with friends and adventure.

I so look forward to meeting you and your family on this amazing journey.

pronouns: she/ her

Megan Lalonde, RM

Megan Lalonde, RM, MSc

Megan Lalonde, RM

Megan Lalonde, RM, MSc

After obtaining her midwifery education at an American college, Megan completed the International Midwifery Pre-registration Program at Ryerson University. She completed her clerkship in beautiful Thunder Bay, after which she returned to the prairies, working for nearly two years as a staff midwife with the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region in Saskatchewan. Alberta still called her home, so in 2015, she returned to work in Edmonton, Alberta. During most of the year, Megan works as an assistant professor in the Bachelor of Midwifery program at Mount Royal University. The summers find her back in Edmonton, caring for birthing folk and catching babies with Passages Midwifery. Megan believes strongly in person-centred care and informed choice as tenets of Canadian midwifery. She works in the community on the Provincial Midwifery Executive Committee and the Alberta Maternal, Newborn, Child and Youth Committee.

When not catching babies or lecturing, you can find her spending time with her family, swimming or boxing. Spare moments are spent working on her Professional Doctorate in Health, specializing in midwifery. She is so pleased return this year as a locum at Passages Midwifery.

pronouns: she/ her

Amrit Rai, RM

Amrit Rai, RM

Amrit Rai, RM

Amrit Rai, RM

I completed my Bachelor of Midwifery Degree at Mount Royal University in Calgary. I was accepted into the midwifery program immediately after completing my high school education. I am originally from Surrey, BC where I grew up prior to moving to Alberta for post secondary school. I am of Indo-Canadian descent and am fluent in Punjabi and English.

 

As a child, I always knew that I wanted to work in the field of medicine and had a specific interest in women’s health. When I was in grade 11, I was given the opportunity to go to Ottawa for a week and participate in a program called “Encounters with Canada” filled with workshops focussed on medicine and health. It was there that the seed of midwifery was planted in my mind. I was drawn to a workshop titled “baby catching” run by the local midwives, and from that moment moving forward I knew that midwifery was the path for me.

 

I am grateful to all of the families who have welcomed me into being a part of their beautiful and unique birthing experiences. Every birth has taught me invaluable life lessons of strength, empowerment, resilience, love, and unity. I am someone who is passionate about advocating for my clients to have their voices heard. I want to ensure that every individual’s birth experience is centered around their own values and decisions.

 

I hope to someday provide midwifery services to marginalized populations of women in underprivileged communities across the globe. I love to travel and have had Midwifery placements in Calgary, Saskatoon, Fort Qu’Appelle, Medicine Hat, and Edmonton. 

I look forward to working with you through this time of transition and new beginnings!

pronouns: she/ her

Ola Mebude, RM

Ola Mebude, RM

Ola Mebude, RM

Ola Mebude, RM

Olanrewaju (Ola) Mebude was born in Hamburg, Germany, grew up in Africa, and moved to England in 1999 where she settled with her family for 15 years. She obtained her Diploma in Nursing from London South Bank University, UK, her BSc in Nursing from Manchester University, UK, and her BSc in Midwifery from the University of Canterbury, Christ Church, UK. Ola practiced as a Registered Nurse for 10 years and as a Registered Midwife for 6 years before moving to Alberta in 2014.

She worked at Medway Hospital in Kent, England – a busy maternity hospital with over 5000 deliveries a year! Her experience at Medway Hospital included working with women in the High Risk Unit and also attending low risk women in the Birth Centre. She is very passionate about a woman’s right to choose her own unique path in every aspect of her care. She is looking forward to practicing with a smaller client load and her experience has placed her in the best position to recognize any deviation from normality and respond skillfully in such situations. This skill is essential for the safety of mother and baby and gives her confidence to know when intervention is not necessary in aiding the natural birth experience.

Ola’s personal experience as a mother of three girls, two of whom are twins (now teenagers), her professional experience – and her somewhat nomadic life of living in 4 countries spread over 3 continents – has helped her appreciate the beauty of diversity in Canada’s multi-cultural society and has driven her to be more passionate about the importance of maintaining the dignity, respect, and privacy of each individual. Taking her clients’ individual opinions and needs into consideration, she strives to promote health and independence while providing continuing care in a safe environment.

Dancing and swimming are two favourite hobbies, but she also loves reading and spending time shopping or cooking with her children. And, if you are looking for her outside of work, you will probably find her in church!

Ola looks forward to the great privilege of working alongside you in achieving your unique birthing experience!

pronouns: she/ her

Katherine Walker, Practice Owner and Doula

With the loss of my mother, Noreen, it fell to me to ensure that her practice continued and flourished even in her absence. It was our dream that one day, we would practice together; Noreen was my mentor and guide as I journeyed through midwifery school. I have attended over 100 births, many with Noreen, and many with amazing midwives from across Canada and the United States. Until I am registered, I cannot practice midwifery in Alberta; however, I am available as a doula for labour and postpartum support. Along with this, I can help you visualize and achieve your perfect birth, help you understand your doctor’s or midwife’s advice, and help you access other needed support services in our community. For inquiries, please email me at katherine@passagesmidwifery.com.

pronouns: she/ her

Jenni Cruse, RM

Jenni Cruse, RM

Pregnancy and birth has resonated with me since I attended my first birth 17 years ago. This led me to train as a doula and later as a nurse. I worked in the delivery suite of a busy women’s hospital which soon had me noticing that the hospital environment didn’t sit well with my views and values around birth.

This realization was pivotal in my path to becoming a midwife. This path has led me on a wonderful journey across the beautiful south pacific to New Zealand where I completed my midwifery degree. I then began my practice as a homebirth midwife in a very isolated part of New Zealand; which often meant leaving the hospital behind in a remote 1-2 hour drive from where women were home birthing. The women in this area were inspirational with an inherent trust in their bodies and the process of birth. As a midwife in the region, I was in a unique position to support women at home who chose vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC), vaginal breech birth and women who chose to have no medical intervention or ultrasound throughout their pregnancy.

I believe that pregnancy and birth is a sacred time for women and their families. I am grateful to be working in partnership with Noreen and I look forward to supporting women during their remarkable journey of pregnancy and birth here in Edmonton.

pronouns: she/ her