The B.C. College of Nurses and Midwives says a Vancouver Island woman who claimed to be a midwife is not registered with the college.
In a notice posted Monday, the BCCNM said Karma Dawn “held herself out as a midwife in British Columbia and may be offering midwifery services without being permitted to do so.”
The college said Dawn is not a registrant of the BCCNM and that she is not licenced to practice in the province.
To be a licensed midwife in B.C., you must complete a four-year university degree and pass the Canadian Midwifery Registration Examination.
On Dawn’s website, she describes herself as a “traditional midwife.”
In a statement to CHEK News on Wednesday, she said she was surprised by the BCCNM’s “modern-day witch hunt” against her.
“Medical midwifery is a betrayal to the women who are birthing and to the medical midwives themselves as they do not know that their actions are so traumatizing and violent to the mothers and new babies being born into this world,” she said.
“Licensure has done nothing but pit women against each other for the ‘approval’ of a ‘higher authority’ that knows nothing of female physiology or the innate process of birth,” the statement continued.
The BCCNM says that anyone can find if someone is a registered midwife through its midwife verification webpage.