All midwives are registered with the College of Midwives of Ontario. The college is the regulatory body, which sets professional standards and ensures quality of services.
Jane Erdman R.N., B.Sc., B.H.Sc., R.M.
Jane graduated from Conestoga College's nursing program in 1977. She brings with her 17 years experience as a critical care nurse, specializing in cardiovascular nursing. Jane obtained a B.Sc. in Biology in 1989 followed by a B.H.Sc. in Midwifery from Ryerson. She has been a preceptor for the Midwifery Education Programme since 1998.
Jane was drawn to midwifery by a desire to have more autonomy and responsibility in her professional life. Midwifery's focus on non-authoritarian relationship, self-responsibility and its esteem for women meshes with her personal philosophy and values. "After years of nursing, it is a pleasure to work with clients who are well and to focus on prevention of problems."
Elizabeth Vander Heide, B.Sc., B.H.Sc., R.M.
Elizabeth graduated from McMaster University with a Bachelor of Health Science in Midwifery degree in 2005. Prior to that Elizabeth had graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1998 from Calvin College. Elizabeth's desire to become a midwife was driven by the midwifery philosophies of continuity of care, informed choice and choice of birthplace. It was important to her that the women she cares for are receiving holistic care and being educated and given the opportunity to be the primary decision makers for their care.
Binh Huynh, B.H.Sc., R.M.
Binh graduated with a Bachelor of Health Sciences Degree from the University of Western Ontario in 2001. She believes in a wholistic approach to health care and the important role individuals have in defining and achieving wellness in their lives. This led her to enroll in the Midwifery Program at Laurentian University. During her midwifery training, Binh has provided individualized care to families in both Sudbury and London.
Prior to joining the team at Womancare, she enjoyed the challenges of rural practice as a midwife working in Eastern Ontario. It is a joy for Binh to be once again working closely with the families in London—a community she considers home.
Carly Griffith, B.H.Sc., R.M.
Carly came upon midwifery at a young age and it has been her career path ever since. Ingrained with the strong principles of feminism and holistic health care from her family, midwifery seemed the perfect choice.
After a year of studying Humanities at McMaster University, with a focus on women's issues and languages, she began the midwifery program at McMaster. Throughout the program, Carly spent her clinical placements in urban and suburban communities throughout South-Western Ontario.
"There is nothing more gratifying to me than seeing a woman discover her strength after a birth, and every birth teaches me something new and amazing. I feel so lucky to work in this field."
Annette Rudel, B.A., B.H.Sc., R.M.
Annette is a graduate of the Ryerson Midwifery Education Program. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto with a major in Women's Studies. Her midwifery training brought her to London where she has had an opportunity to work with a diverse group of women in both urban and rural settings. During her midwifery education, Annette focused some of her learning on increasing her awareness of the history and culture of First Nations Peoples. Annette also has a particular interest in substance abuse in pregnancy and in supporting breastfeeding for new mothers.
"I am excited to be working in a field that is founded on principles that promote humanity and equality. I believe that pregnancy and birth are powerful, life-changing events for a woman and her family. The midwifery model of care supports women in fulfilling their unique hopes and dreams on the path to motherhood. As midwives we strive to make this journey positive and meaningful."
Aimee Fehlner, B.Sc., B.H.Sc., R.M.
Aimee graduated with her Bachelor of Health Science in Midwifery from McMaster University in 2007. During her student midwifery placements, she had clinical experiences in London, Ottawa Valley and Toronto. Aimee also has a degree in Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo. She has experience working in chiropractic and physiotherapy clinics as a Kinesiologist. She also spent several years in a community called L'Arche supporting adults with developmental disabilities.
Leanne Lubberts, B.Sc., R.M.
Leanne completed her midwifery training at McMaster University in 2010, graduating with a Bachelor of Health Science in Midwifery. Prior to becoming a midwife Leanne worked as a doula and childbirth educator while raising her own children. She was drawn to the profession through her own experiences as both a midwifery consumer and advocate. Leanne was born in London, and spent most of her childhood here, after a few moves around Ontario.
Diane Meronyk, Honours B.A., B.H.Sc., R.M.
Diane was first drawn to midwifery while studying a Bachelor's degree in Arts and Science at McMaster University. Born and raised in Thunder Bay, she returned to the north to study at the Laurentian Midwifery Education Program in 2008. Having lived in several cities throughout the program, Diane could not be happier to call London her home after completing her final year of placement at Womancare. Her time in the program has fostered in her a deep trust in normal, spontaneous birth.
"I am ecstatic to provide support and care for women and their families at such a pivotal time in their lives."
Melissa Coubrough, Honours B.A., M.A., B.H.Sc., R.M.
Melissa graduated with a Bachelor of Health Sciences in Midwifery from McMaster University in 2012. Prior to entering Midwifery, Melissa attended the University of Guelph, earning a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science, majoring in Molecular Biology and Genetics. During her midwifery training, Melissa trained in Hamilton, Woodstock and the Niagara region.
"I love Midwifery because it inspires and empowers women to be active participants throughout their pregnancy, labour and postpartum. It is such an honour and privilege to be involved in each client's journey to motherhood."
Jacqueline Ferreira, B.H.Sc., R.M.
Having always felt a great interest in and passion for the world of pregnancy, birth and newborns, Jacqueline's journey to midwifery began when she first beheld the word midwife as a young girl.
Prior to the Midwifery Education Program, Jacqueline graduated from the Assaulted Women's and Children's Counsellor/Advocacy program from George Brown College. This program has a large focus on women's issues, as well as child and youth development. During that time, she completed a placement with and was employed by Jessies Center, which provides a variety of services for pregnant and parenting teenagers in Toronto.
Originally born and raised in North York, Jacqueline completed her midwifery training with the North York midwifery practice, and also completed placements in Markham/Stouffville, Scarborough, and York regions. She is so excited to be a part of the London community working with new and blossoming families, and approaching care in a woman-centred way!
Kathryn Nelder, B.H.Sc., R.M.
Kathryn is a graduate of the Midwifery Education Program at Laurentian University. She was drawn to midwifery through her personal experience of pregnancy and childbirth; she realized that midwifery philosophy fit well with her own values of autonomy, feminism, and access to alternative health care. During her midwifery education, Kathryn enjoyed working with a diverse group of clients in Sudbury, Toronto, and a four-week placement in Jamaica. Kathryn feels honored to be able to share in the process of pregnancy, birth, and early parenting with her clients and their families.
Prior to becoming a midwife Kathryn worked in international development and environmental protection, both in Canada and abroad. She comes from beautiful Manitoulin Island, in Northern Ontario, but is now happy to call London home.
Danielle Longfield, MA, BA, BHSc Midwifery, RM.
From a young age, I understood the importance of communication and support between women. My mother owned a hair salon in our basement outside of London and thus, I spent my formative years being passed from lap to lap of the neighbourhood women. As I continued my education, I studied development psychology at Huron University at Western University. Following my undergraduate degree, I spent a year working as a therapist for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders within the families’ own homes. This incredible opportunity helped me build upon my love of supporting each unique family to make informed decisions.
Knowing I was on the right path, but not quite there yet, I continued to pursue my love of learning and teaching by completing a Masters degree in Lifespan Developmental Psychology; my focus was on infant development and emotional attachment, at Brock University. I completed my Midwifery degree at McMaster University and spent my final year of placement here at Womancare Midwives. Following graduation, I took a position with Stratford Midwives and continued to build my experience. It is with great pleasure that I have now returned to my hometown of London with my partner and set down roots here at Womancare Midwives. I look forward to the privilege of meeting you and supporting you and your family through such an important time in your lives.
Sydney Davis, BA, BHSc R.M.
Sydney grew up in Toronto where she had her first experience with midwifery care when she saw her sister born at home in 1996. She completed a degree in psychology and biology from Wilfrid Laurier University, where she was also a presenter at the Diversity and Equity Office. During her time there she developed a passion for community building, health care and in particular women’s health care.
Sydney’s time in the midwifery program brought her to Cambridge, Haliburton and Guelph. She completed her midwifery program at Ryerson University and is thrilled to be part of the team at Womancare Midwives. Sydney is a board game enthusiast who enjoys doing yoga, baking and playing with her three-legged cat. .
Annie Latham, BHSc, R.M.
Annie grew up in St. Marys, a small town 45 minutes north of London. She completed a degree in Health Sciences at Western, which is where she first heard of midwifery. Having an interest in women’s health and community based health care midwifery, it seemed a perfect fit. While in the midwifery education program at Ryerson, she was lucky to have had learning opportunities here in London, Kitchener, and Hamilton. Annie completed her final clerkship with Womancare Midwives where she had the opportunity to get to know many Womancare families. Annie is delighted to work with this dedicated team of midwives and to call London home .
Andrea Ramirez Palma, BHSc, R.M.
I was born and raised in Mexico, studied and practiced family medicine for over ten years and always had an interest in a more natural approach to health care. A few years ago I moved to Canada with my four children and opened a naturopathic clinic and a natural health store. I was missing working with families as part of their health care and was always passionate about working with women and children, so I decided to become a midwife. To me, midwifery is a calling - to be with women is a way to work in a system that honors womanhood and centers in women’s care.
I am a graduate from McMaster University, and I am very honored to practice as a midwife with Womancare in London; and to be part of this team of great midwives accompanying women in their motherhood journey. I lived in Burlington for the past five years, and I am very excited to get to know and explore the ‘forest city’ of London.
On my free time, I enjoy spending quality time with my husband, children, and dogs. I am a nature lover person, and my hobbies are hiking, bike riding, reading, and baking.
Kate Taylor, RN
Kate is a currently practicing Registered Nurse at the London Health Sciences Centre in the Obstetric Care Unit. She has been with the LHSC Obstetrics program since graduating from the Fanshawe College Nursing Program in 2003. She has provided nursing care in all areas of obstetrics, including the Antenatal, Labour/Delivery, Triage, and Post Partum Units. She has special training and shows intimate devotion to neonatal bereavement, high-risk and operative skill development, family-centered birthing practice, breastfeeding advocacy and education
Kate is an active member of the Birthing Unit team, and a part of several committees and councils which serve to improve the quality of care accessed by families in Southwestern Ontario. Kate is an active voice for women, working to ensure the needs and desires of each individual woman are heard and supported by the multi-disciplinary team within LHSC.
Kate has demonstrated a passion for woman-centered empowerment and advocacy in her practice. She believes strongly in the power of the birth experience and the importance it serves for women and their families. She is extremely happy to be a companion member of the Womencare Midwives, with whom she has worked closely for more than ten years providing supportive care within the hospital setting. It is with great excitement that Kate is initiating a new chapter of her experiences by joining Womancare Midwives in the “Second Attendant” role.
Sara Hinton, RN
Sara trained as a nurse and then a midwife in UK before coming to Canada in 1986. Midwives were not recognized in Canada when she arrived and so she became an obstetric nurse and has been working in labour and delivery in London, Strathroy and St Thomas ever since with breaks to volunteer in Nigeria and to work in Northern BC. Sara is excited to work as a second attendant and to be part of normal, low risk deliveries.
Our Admin Team
Laurie and Marci
Laurie and Marci offer many years of administrative experience and love the opportunity to work with women as they embark on the journey to motherhood. They are here to help - from booking appointments to answering questions, to offering a warm smile when you arrive for your appointment.
"We value the opportunity to support our midwives and clients, and endeavor to provide all of our moms with a positive experience."
A note about our Founding Partner:
Elana Johnson, R.M. (Retired)
Elana was active as a midwife and educator for over 22 years. She graduated from the Michener Midwifery Programme. Elana established a midwifery practice in London in 1985, which has grown into Womancare Midwives.
Elana's experiences include sitting on the Board of Directors of the Association of Ontario Midwives, serving as President of the Association in both in 1987/88 and for the years 2004-2008. She is the past coordinator of the Canadian Confederation of Midwives, and participated on committees such as the Interim Regulatory Council for Midwives, Transition Council of Midwives, and College of Midwives. In addition Elana acted as Head Midwife for London Health Sciences Centre from 1996 -2003.
She also designed curricula and taught education programs in Labour Support and Advocacy, Childbirth Preparation, and the History of Midwifery in Ontario.
Her legacy lives on.