Luba Lyons Richardson

Luba was a practicing midwife from 1975 through 2015 on Vancouver Island. Luba started her Midwifery education after the birth of her second child and became a licensed midwife in Washington State before becoming registered in BC.

Luba was the first President of the Board of the College of Midwives of BC at its inception in 1995 until 2002 and brought the grass roots midwifery perspective to the Provincial Government through this period as midwifery became a regulated profession in BC and Canada. She remained politically active in supporting the regulation of professional midwives and helping to establish the midwifery education program at UBC. 

Luba held both Co-Head and Head of the Department of Midwifery position in Vancouver Island Health Authority from 1998 until her retirement from clinical care in the fall 2015.

She was a Clinical Assistant Professor for the Division of Midwifery at UBC, and was a clinical teacher from the program’s inception until her retirement. She continues to teach midwifery skills and act as examiner for UBC. She continues to do consulting work for midwifery projects and legal consulting.

Luba has been a passionate supporter of the BC model of midwifery care, including continuity of care, informed choice and choice of birth place.