About Midwives Of Grande Prairie

Mission Statement

The Grande Prairie midwifery team is committed to providing equitable, inclusive care in a safe environment for all of our clients. Our goal is to provide the best care possible for all pregnant people and their families. By focusing on a culture of relationship, connection, collaboration, and choice, we will partner with you to help you navigate your unique pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum experience.

Registered Midwife

Bisi Adegunju
I was “Chosen” as a Midwife from birth! I was born at home before my mother could reach the hospital. I remember how fondly my mom talked about the incredible women that helped her. I believe every woman deserves to go through pregnancy and birth her babies in a supported, respectful and loving environment. I am very grateful for being part of my client’s transformative journey through pregnancy and birth. Prior to moving to Grande Prairie, I worked at a rural practice in Manitoba I enjoyed the challenges of rural practice as a midwife. I look forward to working with women from Grande Prairie and the surrounding areas.

Registered Midwife

Joy Maxwell
My journey into the midwifery profession started early in life. As a child, I developed admiration for our community midwife who took care of my mom during her pregnancies and postpartum periods. This gave birth to my pursuit of Midwifery as a career. I trained as a Registered Nurse (RN) in Nigeria, after which I pursued my dream in becoming a Midwife. I graduated from the College of Midwifery, Bowen University Teaching Hospital in 1997. In addition, I obtained a bachelor’s degree (B.Sc.) in Health Education and Promotion from the University of Nigeria Nsukka, Nigeria in 2007. Since graduation, I have worked as a midwife in both community and tertiary health institutions and been fortunate to care for many pregnant women and their families in both rural and urban settings for over 20 years. I have also worked as a Nurse with the Saskatchewan Health Authority, since coming to Canada. As part of retraining when transitioning to the Canadian model of midwifery, I took a study in midwifery at the Ryerson University Toronto, Ontario. Following my graduation from this school and obtaining the required license to practice, I relocated to Grande Prairie in 2019 to work as a Midwife with the Midwives of Grande Prairie. I am married to a loving husband, Maxwell and blessed with five adorable children namely: Divine, Olive, Danette, David and Owen. They have been very supportive in my achieving the dream of practicing the profession I love. Am so thankful to God, the source of life for this great opportunity to witness the miracle of births and the beginning of beautiful family stories. It’s an exciting opportunity for me to be able to serve women and their families in Grande Prairie and the Peace region.

Registered Midwife

Deanna Reiswig

I was born in Whitehorse Yukon, and raised in Bezanson Alberta. My interest in working with expectant families began early in my career as a Registered Nurse after graduating from U of A in 1996. I’ve worked in the communities of High Prairie, Grande Prairie and Red Deer, with the majority of my career spent in Labour and Delivery, Postpartum, Public Health and teaching Birthing from Within(TM) childbirth classes. It was during these years that I developed a deep respect and fascination for the complex transformation that pregnancy, birth and parenting brings. The power of birth, along with the deep strength and resources parents draw from to navigate it has always amazed and humbled me. The longer I spent working with pregnant families, the more involved I wanted to become. As I began working with midwives, I started to realize that the comprehensive care they provide throughout pregnancy, birth and postpartum was exactly the kind of work I wanted to do.
Eventually, after much contemplation, my family and I moved to Toronto so I could complete my Midwifery training through Ryerson University. This was a great experience with the opportunity to work alongside incredibly diverse families, and midwives, in a busy downtown practice. After a great adventure in the big city I was offered a position with the Grande Prairie Midwives. My family and I are thrilled to return to our roots, spend time with our immediate and extended family, and be in the wide-open spaces of the Peace Country again.
When I am not working, I love spending time finding new adventures with my incredibly patient, and supportive husband Brian and our children Grace and Andrew
It is always an honor and privilege to support families during pregnancy, birth and beyond. 

Registered Midwife

Axa Patino

I was born and raised in Venezuela. Before moving to Canada, I worked as an Obstetrician and Gynecologist providing a high standard of medical care within home and hospital settings; I was always a fervent promoter of humanized birth, early bonding and breastfeeding, combining medical knowledge with a holistic approach, which care for the body, emotions and the most valuable treasure, the baby. 

When I learned about the Philosophy of the midwives in Canada, I had no doubt that I wanted to become one of them. After Completing the International Midwifery Pre-Registration Program at Ryerson, I worked in Northern Ontario and now I am so thrilled and grateful to be a part of the team at Midwives of Grande Prairie.

I believe that birth is a natural physiological process and a meaningful event that shapes each family into who they are. It is an honor for me to accompany families and their loved ones through the life changing journey of pregnancy, birth, and new parenthood. I strongly believe in supporting clients through informed choice, and facilitating a safe and meaningful birth and postpartum experience.


Carla McLeod
My name is Carla McLeod and I am honored to work as the office assistant for the Midwives of Grande Prairie. I grew up in the Peace Country and spent the early part of my career working in business and community development. When my youngest child was born in 2014, I made the choice to become a stay at home mom to my 3 wonderful children. In August of 2019, when my youngest son started kindergarten, I welcomed the opportunity to try something new by joining the Midwives of Grande Prairie team. I have always had a passion for working with organizations that bring value to the community, and I am inspired by the way the Midwives fulfill a need within the Grande Prairie area. I truly feel our community is better for having midwifery services here, and it is a privilege to be a small part of that. I enjoy getting to know our clients throughout their pregnancy and I love meeting the babies when they arrive. It is an honor to share in your journey as you grow your family, I look forward to meeting you soon!