I am a daughter, mother, partner, and friend. I am a midwife, advocate, and educator. I am my own being and a part of the weave of our community.

I am originally from Seattle where I received a Master’s degree in the Science of Midwifery from Bastyr University in 2013. After transitioning into Canadian practice through education and work back East, I began establishing roots here in the Kootenays in 2016.

I believe midwifery to exist at this radical confluence of awe, curiosity, tradition, medicine, and activism. I live midwifery as a conversation and a sharing of ideas, as a fierce respect for the autonomy of every birthing person, and as a holding of space for all of the wildness and sacredness that is welcomed into the world when birthing a new or a larger family. 

I strive to meet each person exactly where they are — those who may wish for few or for many supports through their childbearing year, and to provide skilled and nimble care when aspirations or plans may shift. I strive to create a safe space for birth for every body and for every size and shape of family. I strive to honor the deeply individual journey that is being pregnant and giving birth while at the same time honoring the importance of family and community throughout this transitional time. 

As a settler upon this unceded land that has been cared for by the Ktunaxa, Sinixt, and Syilx nations, I am deeply committed to pursuing ongoing opportunities for direct and indirect education, and to engage in efforts toward reconciliation and the dismantling of the myriad forms that oppression can take — here in our region and throughout our world.

I adore making music and dancing with my family – blood and chosen, crafting elaborate meals for no reason, swimming in any body of water, and creating with my little one crowns of flowers and laughter for the bumblebees and other forest dwellers.

It would be an honor to walk alongside you and your family over the course of this journey ahead.

Lana Knoll

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Currently non-practicing.