It was the birth of my two children with the support of my amazing midwives that sparked my passion for midwifery. I have since graduated from the Midwifery Education Program at Ryerson University and I am currently a member of the College of Midwives of Ontario and the Association of Ontario Midwives.
I have always worked in women’s health education and promotion. In 1998 I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education and Kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario. The combination of physiology, nutrition, anatomy and science courses provided a wonderful foundation for the understanding of pregnancy, labour and postpartum period. Other courses in yoga, sexual health and women’s studies affirmed my interest in a holistic approach to health care and desire to work with women and their families. I began my training as a midwife in 2006 when I was accepted into the Midwifery Education Program. I enjoyed many different clinical placements including: Perinatal Mental Health Program with Dr. Ariel Dalfen, a breastfeeding clinic at McMaster Family Health Center, the neonatal intensive care unit at St. Joseph Health Center in Hamilton and genetics screening clinic at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Toronto. These placements were complimentary to the scope of the midwifery care and provided opportunities to enhance and refine my skills about broader issues in women and newborn health care.
I am very proud to be a part of the midwifery profession and Kitchener Waterloo Midwifery Associates. I am dedicated to providing safe, woman-centered care, and supporting women’s choices to birth at home or in hospital. I am also proud to be carrying on in the footsteps of my grandmother, who worked as a nurse-midwife in England. I look forward to working with you and helping your family begin this important time.