I was 12 when my mother was pregnant with my brother, Isaac. I went to all the prenatal
appointments with the midwives and was present for the birth, cut the cord, and did the tour of the placenta. It was an amazing experience. It was then that I considered being a midwife when I was older.
When I was 13 my sister, Ireland was born at home into the hands of midwives,
which solidified my passion for childbirth and midwifery.
I did my first midwifery placement at Midwives Nottawasaga while I was studying to be a midwife at Laurentian University in Sudbury. I also did placements in Scarborough and Barrie.
After graduating I worked at a midwifery clinic in Windsor with a diverse population and a clinic and hospital in both the city and country. I am happy to be back working in my hometown with the team here and look forward to getting to know you and providing you with great care.
In my spare time I enjoy snowboarding, traveling, swimming, camping, and eating good food.
I’m a part-time midwife and a full-time mama to 2 fantastic kids who afforded me the opportunity to experience 1 cesarean birth and 1 VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean). I’ve been a birth worker for more than 20 years as both a midwife and as an obstetrical nurse, and have caught babies on several diverse continents through my work with Doctors Without Borders. Here’s what I’ve learned:
If you want to feel good in your pregnancy and have an efficient birth you’ve got to move your body! Sedentary positions can sometimes lead to babe getting into a wonky position in utero, resulting in more of the common discomforts of pregnancy and a longer pushing stage of labor.
Drink water! Yes you’ll have to pee but drinking more will actually help you to redistribute the fluid that’s making your feet feel tight and peeing often helps prevent bladder infections by flushing things out.
Go to bed early! Laying down will allow you to acquaint yourself better with your baby’s movements and you’ll be glad that you logged a few hours before midnight because it’s true that most labors commence in the wee hours of the night.
Smile! It’s contagious . And if you don’t feel like smiling come talk to me or one of my colleagues. Perinatal mood disorders can affect anyone and there’s lots of help available in our amazing community!!
Thank you for inviting me to be involved in your pregnancy. I consider it an honor to be a guardian at your birth.
I graduated from the Laurentian Midwifery Programme in June 2009. Growing up, I always had a passion and interest in women's health issues, and primarily the experience of pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum care. I feel very privileged to be included in your experience.
Prior to commencing midwifery, I received an undergraduate honours degree in Psychology at York University and during that time I was able to gain knowledge about midwives as primary health care providers. I realized the philosophy of midwifery care was something I really wanted to be a part of. Throughout my education, I was able to work with midwives in Owen Sound and spent the majority of placement in Sudbury. I also did placements in Scarborough, Mount Sinai Hospital in the NICU and with Jack Newman's breastfeeding clinic. While living in Toronto, I volunteered as a labour support person through an organization called Jessie's Centre.
I began working with Midwives Nottawasaga in June 2009.
I was born and raised in North Bay, Ontario and discovered my passion for growing bellies and beautiful babies as a young teenager when I was fortunate enough to attend my cousin's birth.
I was hooked! I completed my Bachelor of Life Science degree at McMaster University in 2005 then graduated from the Midwifery Education programme at Laurentian University in April 2009 and have been practicing ever since.
I have learned and practiced in Sudbury, Toronto, North Bay, Ottawa and Tanzania. I moved to Collingwood in 2010 and it is still one of the best decisions I have ever made. In 2016 I completed a Masters of Health Science Education with a focus on interdisciplinary collaboration. I'm head midwife at CGMH, and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. I'm also Clinic Lead of the new hospital outpatient program, Healthy Babies, Happy Families, which offers well baby care and breastfeeding support to all babies born at CGMH.
When I'm not busy catching babies, I spend most of my time outdoors, and with my family. I'm mom to 2 beautiful, energetic boys. We spend lots of time as a family outdoors, enjoying all of the wonderful local activities and scenery.
Midwifery is such a rewarding career and I feel truly blessed to be a part of such a special time in people's lives. Thank you!
I have been drawn to pregnancy and birth for as long as I can remember. As a 7 year old girl I was fascinated by my mother’s growing belly during her pregnancy with my little sister. I was disappointed that I wasn’t allowed to attend her birth, but that was the norm back in the ‘70s. Little did I know that when I grew up, I’d get to go to as many births as I wanted.
In my early 20’s I completed a degree in English Literature and Women’s Studies at Queen’s University in Kingston. I focused much of my studies around reproductive issues. I learned about the social and cultural context of childbearing and reproduction. It was during this time that I discovered midwives and their approach to childbirth.
While living in Kingston I worked as a bookseller at a wonderful independent bookstore. I was sure that I wanted to be a midwife, but in 1994, the Midwifery Education Programme was brand new and extremely difficult to get into. I needed to broaden my experience, so I decided to backpack around the world on my own. A year and a half later when I got home, I moved to Toronto and trained as a doula. For the next five years I supported women and adolescents during labour and the postpartum. I also entered the Childbirth Educator’s Programme at Humber College. !n 2000 I finally began my midwifery degree at Ryerson University. Six years later I graduated and practiced with Riverdale Community Midwives in the east end of Toronto. When my first year of practice was complete, I realized it was time to leave the city and pursue my dream of returning to a rural area, as I grew up in Caledon. My family and I moved to the Creemore area in 2009, and we love it here.
In addition to my clinical work with Midwives Nottawasaga, I'm in my eighth year as an elected member of the Council of the College of Midwives of Ontario, which regulates the profession of midwifery. I'm chair of the CMO Quality Assurance Committee, and sit on the Complaints committee as well as Discipline and Fitness to Practice. I’m an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, and work in the new Healthy Babies, Happy Families Well Baby Clinic. In my time off, I love to travel and go on adventures, sometimes solo, sometimes with my one or both of my kids.
I learn something from every family and every birth, and I am grateful for the opportunity to do this work.
My interest in pregnancy started at a young age and was initially inspired by growing up on a farm and delivering calves in Grey County.
Before midwifery I completed a degree in kinesiology at Western University. Although physical activity and nutrition continues to be a strong interest of mine, I found myself choosing courses as Western solely based on the fact that there was a pregnancy component involved. I then went on to complete my midwifery degree from McMaster University, and always had hopes of working in a smaller community close to home.
I have spent time training and practicing midwifery in Brampton, Owen Sound, Hamilton, Rwanda, Barrie, and most recently with Alliston Midwives. I am happy for all the experiences I have had previously, but am very excited to now be a part of Midwives Nottawasaga. I feel fortunate that I get to spend my time with this population, and look forward to all the clients yet to come!
I grew up locally in Stayner and Wasaga Beach with my military parents and three sisters. Always hoping to someday make a difference in people's lives and being a very compassionate person, I had always hoped to work in healthcare. I was lucky enough to stumble upon the field of midwifery when filling out my university applications. After learning of what the profession entails, I did further research and immediately fell in love with the philosophy of care. I enrolled in the Midwifery Education Program and immediately knew I was starting a career in an amazing profession.
During my time at McMaster University I completed my clinical placements in Burlington and the Ottawa Valley and also branched out from a hospital setting to work with nurse practitioners at Canadian Forces Base Borden to help provide prenatal care to female military officers. Upon graduating 2016, I began work in Eastern Ontario in the city of Cornwall. Here I was able to serve a large farming community as well as a significant underprivileged population, but I had always hoped to make my way home and serve the people in my home community.
I am beyond thrilled to come back home and help provide maternity and neonatal care to the members of this community. After spending the past 10 years in larger city centers I am looking forward to getting back to my small-town roots. In my free time I enjoy reading, clogging, crocheting, making music, and doing puzzles (which seems to make others chuckle). Whenever I get the chance, I love to visit my parents and spend time with them relaxing and playing cards.
I am very eager to join the wonderful team at Midwives Nottawasaga and look forward to being a part of your birth story!
I was born and raised just outside London Ontario, and grew up in the family business of flowers and plants with 4 acres of greenhouses.
In high school I developed a love of theatre and ran away to the city for 4 years of university and a subsequent 10 years of working as a Stage Manager and Production Manager for the arts.
In 2005, when conversations of making and raising babies came about with my new husband, we decided the city wasn’t where we wanted to be, and we moved just north of Shelburne. I gave birth to both my babies there, one in the comfort of my own home with the help of an amazing team of midwives!
I now live near Creemore, with my partner and 2 boys, and a small array of farm animals. I spend my free time hiking and gardening, and work as a bookkeeper, an artist, and am thrilled to be joining the midwives full time as Practice Administrator.
I have been CEO of the Metheral household for 25 years. The two main traits this experience has fostered in me are a passion for helping people and my organizational skills, both of which I am thrilled to bring with me to Midwives Nottawasaga.
My name is Tanya Thompson-Stryker and I am excited to be joining Midwives Nottawasaga for my Normal Childbearing placement from January to May 2021. My birth home is on the Bruce Peninsula and I have lived and worked in the Owen Sound area for the past 20 years. My fascination with birth and pregnant people extends back to my early childhood and I have a particular interest in Indigenous women’s health care. Prior to entering the Midwifery education program, I immersed myself in raising my family, assisting in the running of our family business, and serving the birthing families in my community as a labour and delivery nurse. My pastimes include listening to and performing music, gardening, and family history.
In my spare time, I love to travel whenever I have the opportunity, enjoy time outdoors and take great pleasure in spending time with my husband, three grown children and my grandson.
It has been my lifelong dream to become a midwife and I am thrilled to be entering the next phase of my journey. Thank you for the opportunity to be part of your midwifery practice and to participate in the amazing birth process with your clients.