About Inlet

We are a collaborative, interdisciplinary maternity care practice for the community north of the Fraser (Burnaby, New Westminster, Coquitlam, Port Moody, Port Coquitlam, Pitt Meadows, and others who plan to give birth at Royal Columbian Hospital). Our registered midwives and family physicians provide prenatal, intrapartum, and postpartum care to clients and their newborns from early pregnancy through to approximately six weeks postpartum.

Midwives and Physicians

At Inlet Birth, you don’t have to choose between having a midwife or a physician for you and your baby. You can have both, in addition to having access to experienced perinatal registered nurses and lactation consultants who work at our clinic.


Collaborative perinatal care

Collaborative, interdisciplinary care is accessible, supportive, and has both great client satisfaction rates, and excellent clinical outcomes. See a Canadian Medical Association Journal article about collaborative perinatal care in BC.

Your Team

Brianna Courteen-Nurse

Registered Nurse
Lactation Consultant

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I have been a Perinatal Registered Nurse at Royal Columbian Hospital since 2013 working in both Maternity and Labour and Delivery and became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in 2016 working in both the hospital and community settings with mother baby dyads. I am very passionate about my work and it is such an honour to be able to help provide support to families during such a special time in their lives.

I am very excited to be able to work alongside an amazing group of individuals at Inlet Community Birth Program. Successful breastfeeding takes time, patience and support. As an interdisciplinary team we will work together to help make everyone’s breastfeeding goals successful.

Outside of working as a Nurse and Lactation Consultant I spend much of my time with my nephew, as well as enjoying the outdoors hiking and camping, and in the winter months curled up on the couch reading a good book or crocheting.

Candace Plohman

Registered Midwife

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“In giving birth to our babies, we may find that we give birth to new possibilities within ourselves.”   ~Myla + Jon Kabat-Zinn

As a young child growing up in rural small-town Manitoba, my first exposure to birth was through animals. I can recall being fascinated with all that it entailed, enthralled with the inherent ability of a body to birth a sweet baby. I assisted many cats with their births, likely to their dismay!

My interest in biology grew throughout my life, alongside my passion for women’s and children’s health. I graduated from the University of Winnipeg Biology program in 2002, focusing much of my education on women’s studies and reproductive biology. I held many volunteer positions in health care throughout my undergraduate degree, but finally found my most influential position as an unplanned pregnancy and contraception counselor, in particular working with teenagers. It was while working at the Women’s Health Clinic in Winnipeg, that I met my first midwife. And the rest was history, as they say!

I completed my Bachelor of Midwifery at UBC in 2007. During my training, I was fortunate to work and train in Zambia, as well as in several communities, big and small, in BC. Since graduating, I have worked primarily in Vancouver, but also in Campbell River, Nanaimo, and Port Alberni. In 2010, I volunteered in Haiti following the earthquake that left so many families broken, and so many women seeking safe care during pregnancy, birth and the postpartum. My hope is to contribute to international women’s health by working abroad again in the future.

My other passion in my life is my family- including my three small kids. I love staying active, getting outdoors, and knitting! I look forward to joining your family as you make your way through a most transformative experience of pregnancy, birth and parenting.

Corina Skala

Registered Midwife

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Birth is an opportunity to transcend.  To rise above what we are accustomed to, reach deeper inside ourselves then we are familiar with, and to see not only what we are truly made of, but the strength that we can access in and through birth.  ~Marcie Macari
Drawn to birth at a young age, I always knew I would become a midwife. Trained in Ontario and graduated in 2007, I then ventured North to Rankin Inlet in Nunavut to practice as a midwife. It was a great opportunity to trust birth in such a remote location. I moved to Vancouver in 2008 to join Commercial Drive Midwives, I enjoyed being with this practice for a decade. Now I am exited to join Inlet Community Birth Program February 2019. I look forward to be working with families in the Tri-Cities area. What an honour it is becoming a mother to my son and daughter, we enjoy the outdoors and family time.  I look forward to meeting you soon! 

Dina Ryan Davidson

Registered Midwife
Lactation Consultant

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You are a midwife, assisting at someone else’s birth. Do good without show or fuss. Facilitate what is happening rather than what you think ought to be happening. If you must take the lead, lead so that the mother is helped, yet still free and in charge. When the baby is born, the mother will rightly say: “We did it ourselves!”
~Tao Te Ching

I am thrilled to be one of the founders of Inlet Community Birth Program. My midwifery career is my second one—I was originally educated at Ryerson University in the field of journalism, and spent two decades working in publishing as a writer and editor.

In 2003, I changed course and began my midwifery education with the Midwives College of Utah. My clinical training sites included a birth centre in El Paso, Texas; a midwifery practice in New Westminster, BC; a remote health centre in Fort Smith, NT; and a hospital-based midwifery practice in Thunder Bay, ON. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Midwifery in 2010, and completed the International Midwifery Pre-registration Program (a Canadian bridging program that orients internationally trained midwives to Canadian practise) in 2012. It’s been a long haul, but rather like a long labour, the results have been worth the effort. I love my work.

I was born and raised in British Columbia, and have lived in the Tri-Cities area for most of my life. I am also a mother to five, and I am blessed with a partner who supports my career in innumerable ways. When I am not at work, I am parenting, practising yoga, cycling, kickboxing, reading, knitting, and travelling.

Helen Wang

Registered Midwife

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My interest in midwifery began when I sought midwifery care for my first pregnancy.  After personally experiencing and witnessing midwifery care, from the initial consultation to the final 6-week visit, I was convinced.

I completed my midwifery training at University of British Columbia where I had the opportunity to work with and learn from midwives, physicians and other health care providers in various communities.   Prior to midwifery, I received a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Simon Fraser University with a certificate in Health and Fitness.

Outside of being a midwife, I spend most of my time finding ways to keep my two energetic boys busy.  Occasionally, you might find me on a rock climbing wall trying to conquer a new route.

I am delighted to be joining the wonderful caregivers here at Inlet Birth.  To the families receiving midwifery care:  I am so grateful to be part of your pregnancy and birth experience, thank you for sharing your journey with me.

Judith Ogden

Registered Nurse
Lactation Consultant

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I am a Registered Nurse with 18 years of perinatal experience at Royal Columbian Hospital, working both in Maternity and Labour and Delivery. I obtained my IBCLC in 2015 and did some casual Lactation Consultant work on the Maternity ward until I started a permanant part-time position in 2017. I love working with families, and helping mothers and babies get off to a successful start.

With the move to increasingly early discharge from hospital, I am so excited to be part of the Inlet Community Birth Program which provides an opportunity for closer follow-up with families that may be struggling as they transition home. I feel privileged to work with such great professionals both in the hospital and now in the Community. My role is to support and provide education, guidance and encouragement through the early days and to help families reach their goals.

I am a mother of 2 adult daughters and, in my spare time, I love to travel, paint and spend time in nature.

Lindsay Brimblecombe

Registered Midwife

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One day in the early nineties, I heard a radio interview about the Midwifery Task Force, a group lobbying for the legalization and provincial funding of midwifery and midwifery training. The key principles of midwifery care that were discussed during the interview fit so well with my personal values that I knew I needed more information. The more I looked into midwifery, the more I knew I’d found my calling.

I was part of the first graduating class from UBC’s Bachelor of Midwifery Degree Program in April 2005, and trained at a variety of placements, including Prince George, Campbell River, and BC Women’s Hospital in Vancouver.

I’ve always chosen jobs and training that support people to take ownership of their own experiences. My previous education includes certification in American Sign Language, Working with Youth in Community Settings, Doula Training, and Health and Fitness Studies. This diverse training has been invaluable. I especially enjoyed running a Community Kitchens program, and working in recreation with children and at-risk youth.

Within midwifery, I enjoy being a preceptor for UBC midwifery students. I also instruct: Fetal Health Surveillance, Neonatal Resuscitation, and ALARM (Advances in Labour and Risk Management – an Emergency Skills program). I value ongoing professional development and have attended training for Indigenous Cultural Competence, Breastfeeding Counselling, Contraception Management and C-Section Surgical Assist Program.

I believe that pregnancy and birth can be normal and extraordinary at the same time; a belief reaffirmed when I had twin daughters in 2009. I also think that, when given adequate information, a woman will have the tools to make the decisions that are right for her and her family. I endeavour to support a woman to feel involved and respected in her care and I appreciate the opportunity to work with you.

Michelle Tran

Registered Midwife

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Pregnancy, labour, birth and the immediate postpartum period is a vulnerable and powerful journey. Thank you for allowing me to share in these precious moments in life with you!

I received my Bachelor of Midwifery at UBC. I have provided care for pregnant people and their families in Vancouver, Surrey, Prince George, and Maple Ridge. I am excited to be joining Inlet Community Birth Program to provide care for the Tri-Cities population.

Midwifery perfectly combines my fascination with human anatomy, passion to provide healthcare, and a desire to build strong relationships with people. Prior to becoming a midwife, I studied the human immune system, bacteria, and viruses. My science background nurtures my curiosity and helps me provide evidence-based care. My long-term goal is to provide midwifery care in low-resource countries for a few weeks every year. I am a fluent Vietnamese speaker and I plan to learn more languages to provide midwifery care to a diverse group of pregnant people and their families.

When I am not working as a midwife, I can be found traveling and learning about different cultures, hiking, discovering new restaurants and types of cuisines, and enjoying warm beverages at cafes with friends.

Patricia Gabriel

Family Physician

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As a full-service family physician in Coquitlam, BC, I am dedicated to providing patient-centered care to all-comers, from children to seniors. I particularly delight in the opportunity to help welcome babies into the world.

After finishing my family practice residency in 2010, I began catching babies at Royal Columbian Hospital where I have benefited from learning from many excellent colleagues; from obstetricians, fellow family doctors, nurses and midwives alike. Giving birth to my daughters in 2013 and 2015 solidified my passion for accompanying women and their partners on their journey into parenthood. I am grateful for the opportunity to be part of the Inlet Community Birth Program where I can further my experience in providing interdisciplinary care.

Paula Schikkerling

Registered Midwife

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I was born and raised in South Africa and immigrated to Canada in 1995. Soon afterwards, I began working as a therapist for young children on the autism spectrum.

In 2004, I trained as a birth and postpartum doula.  Since then, while completing degrees at UBC in Women’s Studies and in Midwifery, I have been attending births and spending time supporting families after the arrival of a new baby. 

Over the years, I have also had the opportunity to pair my love for travel with my passion for birth, working in clinics and hospitals in the Philippines, South Africa and Uganda. In Canada, I have had the opportunity to work and learn in South Delta, Vancouver, Victoria and Sooke.


It is an honour and privilege to work with families during their childbearing year. I look forward to being a part of this dynamic and skilled team, to meeting the wonderful families in our care!

Shannon Oliver

Registered Midwife

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In all cultures, the midwife’s place is on the threshold of life, where intense human emotions – fear, hope, longing, triumph, and incredible physical power – enable a new human being to emerge.

~Sheila Kitzinger

My path to midwifery evolved through experiences in my own life.  I have degrees in both Psychology and Physical Therapy.  Since 2003 I have been an orthopaedic physiotherapist in private practice with a special interest in the pelvis and pelvic floor rehabilitation.  After having my own children, my practice evolved into treating many pre and postnatal women and their pregnancy and postpartum related physical concerns. 

I have a wonderful family including my husband and 3 children.  My own birth

experiences were faced with many challenges, through which I came to recognize the needs of women for support and advocacy through this transitional time of their lives.  I realized that I wanted to not only be involved in the physical rehabilitative process, but that I wanted to be involved in all aspects of maternity care.

I graduated from the UBC midwifery program in 2014.  I have since worked in a busy group practice in New Westminster. I have come to realize that it is important to me to slow down and really get to know the families that I am privileged to work with as I have in my physiotherapy practice. I am thrilled to be a part of Beautiful Babies Midwifery, caring for women and their families as a solo practitioner in my home community.  I envision my role as a midwife as one of empowerment through knowledge, education, support and advocacy. It is my goal to provide care that supports parents in creating the pregnancy, birth and new parenting experiences that feel right for their families. 


I feel honored to have shared in the experiences of the women and their families that I have already had the privilege of being involved with, and look forward to sharing many more special times new families that I will encounter.

Stephanie Gabriel

Registered Midwife

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Experience of the phenomenal capacity of our birthing body can give us an enduring sense of our own power as women. Birth is the beginning of life; the beginning of mothering, and of fathering. We all deserve a good beginning.
~Sarah J. Buckley

I was drawn to midwifery from a very different professional path, through my own experience of the transformative power of giving birth.  Having experienced its magical power first-hand as a birthing mother, I knew that birth was a place I wanted to return to as a midwife, with a wish to provide the same quiet, confident care my own midwives provided to me.  I treasure the relationships I develop with growing families prenatally, and consider it a great privilege to witness the “birth” of a new family — whether they are welcoming baby #1 or #12!  Gaining the trust and confidence of families is a deeply rewarding part of my work.  My reverence for supporting the autonomy of birthing women is great, and I take my role as a facilitator of women’s informed decision-making very seriously.

I am a graduate of the UBC Midwifery education program.  My training took place chiefly in the tri-cities and at RCH, with a rural year spent in Vernon BC.  Being a part of Inlet Community Birth Program is a sort of coming full circle for me, since some of the the midwives here served as my very first mentors when I began midwifery school!  I was born and raised in Port Moody and my family and I call the area home today.

I look forward to meeting the families at Inlet Birth and being a part of your journey into this amazing chapter of your lives!

Tamara Nahhas

Registered Midwife

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Ask me for strength and I will  lend not only my hand, but also my heart.
~ Unknown

Pregnancy, birth and new motherhood are life-changing events in the life of any woman. My philosophy is to guard the normalcy and sanctity of this amazing time in women’s lives. I strive to empower women and their families by providing the information and support they need to make the best decisions for their care and maintain a state of health for them and their babies.  

Before becoming a midwife, I trained as a Doula through Douglas College and supported women as a volunteer through the Vancouver Health Department for a number of years. I was also an active member in the Midwifery Task Force, a grassroots organization of consumers of midwifery care. Our mission was to raise public awareness and lobby the government to regulate and fund midwifery care as part of the healthcare system. I served as editor for both the Midwifery Task Force Journal and The Aspiring Midwife.

I graduated with a Bachelor of Midwifery from the University of British Columbia in 2007. Through my education and experience, I have gained an appreciation for both the art and science of midwifery. I founded Beautiful Babies Midwifery in order to serve the families of the Tri-cities area. The days when new babies arrive are the most wonderful days in the world. I feel extremely honoured to be part of such a special time in the lives of women and their families.

I am the mother of three children, all born with the help of midwives!  

Inlet Community Birth Program rests on the traditional and unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples. We are grateful to have the opportunity to work in this territory.

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Port Moody, BC V3H 2B4

Our differences are what make our communities vibrant, our relationships worthwhile, and our family lives more fulfilling. All Are Welcome at Inlet Community Birth Program.