The BC College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM) has issued a notice saying that a woman in Duncan may be offering midwife services despite being unlicensed and legally prohibited from doing so.
The BCCNM says Gloria Lemay “continues to hold herself out as a birth attendant” even though she is under a court order not to perform any services related to midwifery, or be paid for any such services.
That court order was handed down by the B.C. Supreme Court on Feb. 2, 2000, and permanently prohibits Lemay from using the title “midwife” or any name that implies she’s registered with the college – such as birth attendant, birth keeper or traditional midwife.
The BCCNM says it received recent reports of Lemay offering midwifery services or similar work and sought a court order to search her home on Jan. 25.
“The court-ordered search and seizure was conducted on Jan. 30, 2024, by college investigators accompanied by members of the RCMP,” said the BCCNM in its notice released Wednesday.
“The BCCNM will review the evidence seized and determine the next steps to be taken against Ms. Lemay.”
The BC College of Nurses and Midwives says anyone can check if a person is registered with the college by checking the BCCNM website.