Each of our midwives is a registered health care professional who provides primary care to low-risk women throughout pregnancy, labour, birth, and six weeks following birth.
Midwives are required to maintain quality of care by updating their knowledge and skills through Peer Reviews, renewals of Emergency Skills, Neonatal Resuscitation Program, Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation certification, and other continuing education requirements as per the standards of the College of Midwives of Ontario.
Adriana Fontaine R.M.
I was inspired to become a midwife during my own three pregnancies; as I discovered the importance of informed choice and supportive family-centred care during pregnancy and the postpartum period. I grew up in Waterloo and am very excited to be working as a midwife in my home community. I am a graduate of the Midwifery Education Program at McMaster University. During my midwifery training I had diverse placements that included prenatal genetics, lactation, obstetrics, nursing and public health. Prior to midwifery, I completed a Masters in Anthropology, specializing in archaeology and human osteology. This provided me with a deep respect for the human body and the way individuals use ritual and culture to mark important life events.
I believe that pregnancy, labour and birth are very important and profound experiences for women, families and their community, and I am always humbled by it. I look forward to meeting and working with you, and hope that I can return that privilege in kind.
Ann Robinson R.M.
I have practiced in Kitchener-Waterloo since 1997 after obtaining registration with the College of Midwives in Ontario (CMO) through completion of the Prior Learning and education/Experience program (PLEA). This process evaluates midwifery experience and credentials from other jurisdictions for equivalency to the Ontario Midwifery Education Program. Before coming to the K-W area, I practiced midwifery in Detroit, Michigan and Pennsylvania.
My midwifery academia includes a nursing education and a Masters Degree in Midwifery Practice (UK). I have worked in hospital, birth centre, community and medical clinic environments. I am a midwifery preceptor for students in the midwifery education program supervising midwife for the IMPP program. In my 20 years of midwifery related experience I have developed an innate faith in the normalcy of pregnancy and childbirth, as well as a very healthy respect for contemporary medical technology. After hundreds of deliveries, I continue to learn something new from each woman, midwife, nurse and physician I work with.
Beth Larsson R.M.
It was during my time at Wilfrid Laurier University while I was taking a Sociology degree that I first encountered midwifery as a profession. The passion that I encountered while further exploring midwifery in Ontario helped to reinforce my own growing enthusiasm in working with pregnant women through such a significant time in their lives. I recently graduated from McMaster University in the Midwifery Education Program (MEP) and am excited to be a midwife with the Kitchener Waterloo Midwifery Associates.
I come from a large family, and have been surrounded by many people all my life. Being one of the youngest out of my thirty cousins meant I was frequently watching the women in my life through their childbearing years while growing up. I’ve always been interested in medicine, and I feel that midwifery is one of the few health professions where we deal exclusively in life and health, in what is natural and normal. Through the cores beliefs of continuity of care and empowering women to make informed choices about their care and choice of birthplace, midwifery helps to support and encourage pregnancy and childbirth as a natural and normal process. I feel honoured to help women through this momentous occasion in their personal and familial lives.
Throughout my midwifery training I had the privilege of working in many different areas and fields, including with a lactation consultant, with nursing staff on a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and a Labour and Delivery ward, with obstetrics, and with the Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) doing afterbirth care. I was fortunate enough to do an elective placement overseas with midwives in New Zealand and the experience I had there with cultures different from my own was invaluable. I’ve had the distinct pleasure of being involved in over a hundred new lives coming into the world, and look forward to many more over the coming years. I’m honoured to be able to work with you and support you through your pregnancy and early parenting.
Heidi Johnston R.M.
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.
Lisa (Xia) Li R.M.
I was born in the morning when the sun just started to rise, and the brilliant sunshine spread warmth through the room. Thus, my parents gave me the name Xia, hoping I would be like the sun, warm and kind and someone whom others would always love. My English name is Lisa, a name that my clients gave to me in China. They said that my smile was as beautiful as the Mona Lisa’s smile, and whenever they saw it all their fears and anxieties would be forgotten. I kept this name because I know that my clients appreciated what I had done for them, and out of gratitude and love they gave me that name.
With my strong passion for women’s health and wellness, I had worked as an OB for over 10 years in China. I have delivered thousands of babies and loved my profession. I want to dedicate my whole life to this field. A few years ago, I moved to Canada with my family. I realized that helping childbearing women is still my true passion, so I entered the IMPP program at Ryerson University. After graduating, I was registered with the College of Midwives of Ontario in 2008. I did midwifery practice in Oshawa and in Sudbury. I really enjoyed this experience.
I believe strongly in the value of continuity of care and in a woman’s right to make informed choices and be able to choose her birthing place. I feel privileged to be a midwife, and to be able to help foster confidence and bring fulfilment to women throughout their pregnancy and birthing experience. I am very excited to be a part of the Kitchener Waterloo Midwifery Associates and I am looking forward to working with you all and sharing my experience with clients during this very important time in their life.
Min Liu R.M.
I grew up in a small city in China, and began my midwifery training in 1991. In addition to the three-year midwifery program education, I had over eight years working experience as a registered midwife in antenatal and postnatal floor, labour and delivery room, newborn unit in hospital as well as my own personal experience as a mother of a five-year old daughter. I have always been passionate about women’s health, and believe strongly that providing clients with supportive, personalized care throughout childbearing can positively impact their experiences as women and as mothers.
I entered the International Midwifery Pre-registration Program at Ryerson University in September 2008. I finished a six-month clinical placement with Midwife Alliance in Toronto where I have enjoyed working with the families in a variety of social and cultural backgrounds. I graduated in November 2009 with an even stronger commitment to midwifery. I’m happy to contribute to the ongoing tradition of excellence for the community in the KW area. I also speak Mandarin fluently.
Mina Sharafbafy R.M.
My midwifery background began with a 4-year university degree in Iran in 1993 and since then I have worked almost continuously in variety of settings such as community health centres, clinics and birth centers, and with clients from many different backgrounds. I have also been involved in family planning, breastfeeding support, well women care and vaccination for children under the age of 5 years. I speak Farsi, Turkish and English.
My interest in women’s health drove me to pursue midwifery after moving to Canada. While attending the International Midwives Pre-registration Program (IMPP) in 2002-2003, I did my work placement with the Kitchener-Waterloo Midwifery Associates, and then joined the practice as a Registered Midwife in July 2003. I finished a Masters degree in Public Health from University of Waterloo in 2008.
Nasrin Bandari Vali R.M.
I did my midwifery training in Iran, graduating in 1996. For the next 3 1/2 years I worked in hospital and rural clinic settings. I speak Farsi (Persian) and English, and have had the opportunity to serve women from 15 diverse communities, developing the skills to provide excellent and personalized prenatal, postnatal and breastfeeding care.
In 2003 I entered the International Midwifery Pre-Registration Program (IMPP). This program prepares and certifies foreign trained midwives to work within the Ontario midwifery system. I have been working in Kitchener since August 2005.