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Kate Benjamin

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.

Julie Doldersum

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.

Sandra Fincham

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.

Natalie Kirby

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!

Lilly Martin

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 seventh year as an elected member of the Council of the College of Midwives of Ontario, which regulates the profession of midwifery. I’m currently working on certification as a lactation consultant. I also 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.

Diane Page

Prior to becoming a midwife, I was employed as a school and public librarian in Simcoe County. However, the powerful and profound stories of women’s childbirth experiences attracted me to working with pregnant women and babies. My own birthing experiences were the catalyst for becoming a midwife.I graduated from McMaster University in 2007. My student placements were done with Midwives Grey-Simcoe in Owen Sound and Collingwood and with Caring Hands Midwifery Services in Alliston.

 

I am very pleased to be a part of Midwives Nottawasaga and excited about the growth and expansion of our practice in the years to come. I look forward to providing respectful and supportive care to all our clients, both new and returning. 

 

Lori Steele

I was born and raised in Bracebridge, Muskoka. I still enjoy frequent visits to see family and friends.

I studied Kinesiology at Western University and was active in varsity rowing, Amnesty International, and Rotaract for youth where I was able to provide respite to families with children living with Cystic Fibrosis.

 

As a result of my exposure to massage therapy as a competitive athlete I trained to be a therapist and I had my own practice for nine years.

 

I had the opportunity to deliver my son with midwives and the experience was so empowering I felt inspired to help other women achieve positive birth experiences.

 

I studied midwifery at Laurentian University. During my midwifery education I trained with midwives, nurses and physicians in Sudbury, Barrie, Alliston and London.

 

I started my midwifery career working in southern Ontario and then I was a locum midwife in Muskoka. I continued to work in the area while raising my son and I also worked in the Haliburton region.

 

I look forward to meeting the women and families in this community and working with Midwives Nottawasaga.

Sonia Ahrens

I have been with Midwives Nottawasaga since the beginning (2008) and also worked with Midwives Grey Simcoe before that as part-time Office Assistant.  I bring with me years of experience working in an office setting. I have worked in Brampton and in Orillia before settling in the country to raise my children near Collingwood.   I have been very blessed with working alongside such a wonderful group of strong, dynamic and confident women.  I look forward to meeting with clients everyday (and of course holding Babies!)

Jennifer Jansen

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 occasionally get the joy of spending a few days with the midwives and all their amazing clients!

Kelly Metheral

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.