Luba Butska has a BHSc from Ryerson University’s Midwifery Education Program in Toronto and a PhD in Linguistics from Rutgers University in New Jersey, USA. She has practiced full scope midwifery for eleven years, first practicing in Calgary where she was also an Assistant Professor of Midwifery at Mount Royal University. After moving to Vancouver in 2016, she became a practicing midwife with privileges at St. Paul’s Hospital and a clinical faculty member at UBC. She was appointed as Instructor to the UBC Midwifery Program in 2018.

Luba has leadership experience in midwifery regulatory and professional bodies: she was an Alberta Association of Midwives member of the College Steering Committee, the first Chair of the Practice Review Committee of the College of Midwives of Alberta, and a committee member of the Provincial Midwifery Executive at Alberta Health Services. In 2017 she became a committee member of the College of Midwives of British Columbia’s Quality Assurance Committee.

Teaching has been part of Luba’s work since her training as a Linguist at the University of Toronto and Rutgers University. She has taught linguistics, English and Ukrainian language, and enjoys working with and teaching students and midwives from a variety of linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Luba has experience assessing and teaching midwifery competencies as a College assessor, Midwifery preceptor for undergraduate midwives and internationally trained midwives, and as an instructor in undergraduate midwifery programs in Alberta and at the University of British Columbia.

Ryerson University (Midwifery), 2007, RM
Rutgers University (Linguistics), 2002, PhD
University of Toronto (Linguistics), 1996, MA
MIDW 107 Physical Assessment
MIDW 215 Ethics in Midwifery Care
MIDW 305 Midwifery Theory for Variations in Primary Care
MIDW 320 Variations in Midwifery Clinical Care
MIDW 322 Midwifery Primary Care
Professional Affiliations
College of Midwives of BC, Quality Assurance Committee Member
Midwives Association of BC, Member
Canadian Association of Midwives, Member
St. Paul’s Hospital, Medical Staff
Research Interests

A history of excellence in teaching and research at UBC’s Midwifery Program offers Luba an opportunity to merge her prior experience as a Linguist with her clinical experience as a Registered Midwife in studying the impact of communication in health care, and how effective communication impacts health outcomes. Her scholarly interests include the impact of language on the provider-patient relationships and on providers’ construction and conceptualization of professional identity, as well as the role of language in approaches used to enhance empathy in health care education.

Publications and Presentations

Butska L. (2018) Should I stay or should I go: Burnout and Leaving Midwifery in BC and Alberta. Canadian Association of Midwives Conference, Gatineau, QC.

Butska L. (2017) Application of an Experiential Learning Cycle to Guide Teaching of Physiologic Birth. Canadian Association of Midwifery Educators Symposium.

Butska L. (2016) ‘I’m not a feminist but…’: Organization of midwifery practices in Alberta. Canadian Association of Midwives Conference, Victoria, BC.

Butska L. (2016) Legal Issues and Risks in the Practice of Midwifery. Invited speaker, Health Law section of the Canadian Bar Association, Calgary, AB.

Butska L. (2012) Midwifery and Access to Health in a Global Context. Invited speaker, GENTALKS: Mount Royal University talks for General Education, Calgary, AB.