Meet Lisa

Lisa Cowdery
Photo credit: Becky Purpur ~ Mindful Mother

Lisa has supported birthing families for the past seven years as a birth doula, mentor and student midwife. Initially, DONA trained and certified, Lisa later trained as a Birthing From Within™ mentor and birth doula before transitioning into independent birth doula practice in 2017 to embrace her role in the YYC birth community as a full spectrum, Holistic Birth Consultant, through The Matrona.

Lisa is in her final year of midwifery education and will graduate as a Registered Midwife in 2020.

Midwifery is a full spectrum vocation. It’s the personal, the political – the reclaiming and stewarding of sovereignty without apology. It’s made up of threshold moments, archetypes and acts of will that honour conception, contraception, pregnancy, abortion, birth and death.

Her professional birth philosophy acknowledges and upholds the human rights of women & birthing people to make autonomous, meaningful decisions about the circumstances in which they access care and give birth. She believes that optimal maternity care exists when birthing people have access to a full spectrum of choice and are unequivocally supported to navigate their pregnancies and births utilizing whatever modalities that are relevant to them, without being presented the burden of a one “right choice”. She operates under the paradigm that the role of the birth-keeper is one of consultation and information sharing, while the birthing parent maintains full responsibility for determining the best course of action. Upon graduation from her Bachelor’s Of Midwifery program, Lisa is determined to practice right’s based, abortion positive, queer and trans-inclusive, trauma-informed midwifery that reflects a transfer of power back to the family while providing the support and skill necessary to walk with families through all outcomes and circumstances of birth.

Outside of her birth work, Lisa is a proud mother of three small humans and wife to her amazing partner. She loves gardening, wild fermentation, loud music, knitted sweaters, reading books & drinking coffee around fireplaces.

Lisa has experience providing unconditional and unapologetic support for families during:

  • Unmedicated Vaginal birth
  • Vaginal Birth Assisted With Medication
  • Twin Birth
  • Breech Birth
  • Water Birth
  • Vaginal Birth After Caesarean (VBAC)
  • Home Birth After Caesarean (HBAC)
  • Caesarean Birth After Caesarean (CBAC)
  • Inductions
  • Planned Caesarean Birth
  • Unplanned Caesarean Birth
  • Premature Labour & Birth
  • Pregnancy Loss (including miscarriage, stillbirth)
  • Abortion care.

For more information on her available services, please head over to the birth services page or contact Lisa.


Lisa’s Continuing Education


Bachelor’s Of Midwifery at MRU (September 2016 – to graduate May 2020)

IPAS MVA & Medical Abortion Training – Midwifery Clinical Practicum (April 2019)

Early Pregnancy Loss – Midwifery Clinical Practicum (April, 2019)

Birth Monopoly’s “Know Your Right’s” Course (March 2019)

Emergency Skills Workshop For Midwives (ESW) (August 2018)

Neonatal Resuscitation Program (August 2018)

CPR – Healthcare Provider (August 2018)

Herbal Medicine For Women with Aviva Jill Romm MD (2013 – Present)

Rebozo For The Childbearing Year with Ligia Delfin & Carla Jonguitud (April 2018)

Neonatal Resuscitation with Karen Strange (Feb 2018)

Breech Birth with Shawn Walker (Feb 2018)

Breech Skills with Joy Horner (Feb 2018)

Labwork for Midwives with Gail Hart (Feb 2018)

Holistic Management of Miscarriage & Abortion with Molly Dutton Kenny (Sept 2017)

“Flock Yeah” birth workshop with Gena Kirby, Lesley Everest (July 2017)

Holistic Birth Doula Certification with Whapio Bartlett (The Matrona – July 2017)

Indie Birth Conference (March 2017)

“Holding Space For Pregnancy Loss” with Amy Wright Glenn (March 2017)

“Flock Yeah” birth workshop with Gena Kirby, Whapio Bartlett, Lesley Everest) (July 2016)

Indie Birth Wise Woman Circle (2016 – Present)

Birthing From Within Mentor Training (April 2016)

Birthing From Within Mentor Training (June 2015)

Birthing From Within Birth Story Listening (April 2015)

“The Farm” Midwifery Assistant Workshop with Ina May Gaskin CPM (April 2013)

DONA Birth Doula Certification (March 2013)

DONA Birth Doula Training (May 2012)

Registered Dental Assistant – Surgical (2005-2009)