I am very happy to be continuing to offer midwifery services in the Midland area as I have been since 2008, when I started Midwives Nottawasaga. Through my work with that practice, it became apparent that families of the Midland and area needed their very own midwifery practice. Since 2018, I have enjoyed working with Kim and Leda to make this a reality and so pleased that Midland Midwives By the Bay has finally come to fruition.
I graduated from McMaster University Midwifery Education Programme in 2002 and have been working as a rural midwife since; first in Owen Sound, then in Collingwood and now here! Since starting work, I have remained involved in activities outside my clinical responsibilities. I am a clinical preceptor with the Midwifery Education Programme and serve as the Head Midwife at Georgian Bay General Hospital. I am very much dedicated to bringing birth back to the community and keeping our unit open.
I am currently working on expanding our midwifery services to include 2 community clinics, open to everyone, not just midwifery clients. first is a Postpartum, Newborn and Feeding Clinic and the other is an Early Pregnancy Clinic. While I am sad to not be working directly with clients at this time, I am happy to bring some much needed services to provide local care to all.
I am a Registered Midwife who has always aspired to work in Simcoe County where my family would come to ski and swim. I was fortunate to become apart of Midwives Nottawasaga in the Fall of 2016 and now excited to be starting up Midland Midwives By the Bay.
Before embarking on midwifery, I graduated from the University of Guelph with a commerce degree thinking the corporate world was where I was headed. While going through school I founded a private swim school with the focus on one to one teaching. It was through this business endeavour that I realised supporting families in smaller communities was a passion of mine and it took me down another path. This is when my childhood dream of delivering babies re-emerged and before I knew it I was accepted into McMaster’s Midwifery Program. After graduating, I worked in the City of Mississauga before heading North.
I love the adventure of waking up as an on call midwife not knowing where my day will take me. When I am not on call you will find me on a bike ride, attempting to catch up on my next book club novel or camping with friends and family.
I grew up in a farming community near Kingston. Ever since I slept in the hayloft as a child to watch the lambs being born, I have been captivated by pregnancy and birth. Through my teens and early twenties I travelled (still working on farms) while learning everything I could about birth, soaking up the stories of women from around the world. During my travels I have done extensive volunteer work with organizations addressing gender discrimination. For me midwifery blends the passion for birth as a healthy, normal part of life, and my commitment to reproductive justice.
I am excited to continue my career with Midland Midwives By the Bay. While completing my degree in communities across Ontario the women I have met and cared for have been incredible teachers. I am very much looking forward to getting to know the growing families of North Simcoe, and to supporting your journey from pregnancy to parenthood.
Outside of business hours, you can usually find me outdoors gardening, or in my room painting and building sculptures.
I grew up on a horse farm in the Ottawa Valley and was exposed to birth as a normal physiologic event at a young age. I was able to witness the birth of kittens, puppies and foals which introduced me to the incomparable excitement and exhilaration that only birth can elicit.
Midwifery came into my life at the age of four while I was impatiently awaiting the arrival of my younger brother. I got to attend prenatal visits with my mom and it seemed only natural to me that he was born in the large inflatable pool that was set up in our house. My next exposure to midwifery care was at the age of ten when an endlessly patient family friend humored my fascination with pregnancy and birth by including me in her prenatal midwifery visits, and allowing me to attend the birth of her youngest son. The formative experience of seeing two of my most important role models supported in their pregnancies and births by midwives planted the seed that has led me to become a midwife myself.
I attended Laurentian University in the bilingual stream of the Midwifery Education Program. My training included placements in Thunder Bay, Ottawa, Barrie and Muskoka. I had the opportunity to learn from and work with midwives, nurses, obstetricians, lactation consultants and community organizations that support new and expecting families.
Before pursuing midwifery, I was involved in the world of horses, my other passion. I had various roles in a variety of facilities including being a coach, a trainer and working student both in Ontario and abroad. I also love to cook and have taken on a few cooking challenges including cooking in an off the grid cabin and on a tall ship. My other interests include knitting, travelling and exploring the outdoors with my border collie cross, Mika.
Midwifery has always been calling me, and I am beyond grateful that I was quiet enough to listen for it. Growing up I was frequently made aware of a deep need in myself to connect in a meaningful way with others. Throughout school I was drawn towards the sciences as something that intrigued me, and something I excelled in. It wasn’t until the completion of a bachelor of science, that I was exposed to the world of midwifery through personal research. During that time I had developed a deep trust in nature, and in our bodies, which are capable of immense tasks when they are physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally well. As I explored the world of birth I was elated to realize that midwifery was the bridge from which I could connect my knowledge of the sciences with my newfound trust in the innate power of our bodies.
Servicing families during these pivotal life moments has satisfied every expectation I could have had of a career. I have a genuine interest in education and how this can empower others. I am also committed to advocating for clients to help them have their needs and wishes met. It is a privilege to get to do work that fulfills both others and myself, as it is through working with others that I am provided with the most important teachings.
I enjoy reading and writing, and staying active while spending as much time with nature as I can. I tend to use much of my time-off visiting with family and friends whom I hold very close to my heart.
My first home will always be Sudbury where much of my family lives, however over the last four years I have also created home in the communities of Muskoka and Parry Sound where I have trained and worked as a midwife. Through all my relationships built over the years, it has been a never-ending reward to be present for the coming of new life and the potential that rolls in with it.
The first birth I ever attended was the birth of my sister, at home, when I was three years old. At the time, it did not seem unusual that such a special event would take place in the comfort of our home. Though I later realized that this was far from the norm, this memory shaped my understanding of birth as a natural part of life.
It is that perspective that I brought to my first degree, at UBC, a Bachelor of Science in Global Resource Systems with a focus on women’s health. It became clear to me that not all parents have the options my family had, or the support they need to make their own choices regarding their bodies, their health and their families. I decided to become a midwife to give all families the support they deserve.
I studied midwifery in French at Laurentian University, and have worked as midwife in Toronto and in Huron County before making the move to Georgian Bay. I spent many summers here as a child and am looking forward to rediscovering the area!
When I’m not catching babies, you might find me hiking, exploring, snowshoeing, reading or playing the fiddle.
I am happy to provide care in French and English.