Meet The Midwives & Learn About Us
About The Alliston Midwives
Caring Hands Midwifery Services
We are a growing practice of midwives, offering women a choice of a home-birth or hospital-birth. (Privileges at Stevenson Memorial in Alliston and Southlake Hospital in Newmarket) We are organized into 2 teams (the blue team and the green team) of midwives offering 24-hour on-call availability.
Our midwives are graduates of a 4-year university degree in Midwifery and registered with the College of Midwives of Ontario. We maintain current certification in neonatal resuscitation, cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, and emergency skills and regularly attend continuing education workshops and conferences.
We work as a teaching practice, which means that we precept a small number of students from university-based midwifery programs. Students are always under the supervision of one of the midwives in the practice, and having a student involved in your care is entirely optional. We are committed to ensuring that the quality of care we provide is improved by the presence of students.
Marcia Rowat R.M. BHSc. BKin.
– BLUE TEAM
After listening to birth stories shared by women in my family, I endeavoured to find a career that blended childbirth, information and choice. I found this in the Ontario model of midwifery care. I spent 8 years studying at McMaster University and received a degree in kinesiology followed by a health-science–midwifery degree in 2002. I grew up in a small community just north of barrie and fell in love with Alliston, Stevenson Memorial Hospital and the local health-care providers during my first student placement at Caring Hands Midwifery Services. Presently, I am the head midwife at Stevenson Memorial Hospital and have been very active in initiatives to strengthen local birthing services. During my off-call time I like to plan activities with my family and sneak off to my cottage.
Melissa (Mel) Beaver R.M. BHSc. BSc.
- Green Team
From an early age I knew that I wanted to pursue a career in health care. I began my health care studies by completing a Bachelor’s of Science in bio-medical science and biochemistry at the University of Guelph in 2001, but then realized that I wanted a career that allowed for a more holistic approach to health and wellness. I discovered the Ontario Midwifery Education Program at Ryerson University and graduated with a BHSc. in Midwifery in June 2009. Prior to becoming a midwife, I managed a chiropractic office and worked as a support worker for adults with developmental disabilities.
Ali Marshall R.M. BHSc.
– Blue Team
I am very excited and grateful to be joining the Alliston Midwives as a registered midwife in October 2013! I began my university education in health sciences at Western University, and it was during a course on the social determinants of health that I gained interest in a holistic approach to health care. After some searching, I discovered the world of midwifery and immediately knew it was meant for me. I was lucky enough to be accepted the following year at McMaster University and began my midwifery training in the fall of 2009. During my four years in the program, I had the opportunity to work in Hamilton, Brantford, Mississauga, Toronto and Barrie, working with midwives, obstetricians, nurses and lactation consultants. I was born and raised in Barrie, but I am excited and eager to get to know theAlliston community while staying close to family. I am so honoured to be a part of such a personal and often life-changing time in a family’s life and am committed to making it the best experience possible. When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I love traveling, camping, dancing and eating!
Crissy Hull RM BHSc.
– gREEN tEAM
I am delighted to be working with the Alliston Midwives. I graduated with distinction from the midwifery education program at Laurentian University. I was able to complete numerous community and clinical placements in the Allistion area. I am also a long-time resident of Simcoe County. Before I began my midwifery training I received a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and worked in rehabilitation with various populations. The spark of midwifery began with the care I received in my first pregnancy, which was remarkable and definitely left an impression. The circumstances surrounding the birth of my second child further propelled my curiosity in maternity and infant care. A year later, I became a doula and learned a great deal through observing, supporting and advocating for labouring women. Eventually, after my third child, it became evident that my path involved taking the leap and returning to school to become a midwife. Dreams do come true! I am truly honoured to provide care to those during the significant time of starting or expanding their families. On my off time I enjoy a good book, being active, baking and bribing my kids to play board games with me.
Kristina Hunter, R.M. BHSc, RN
- Green Team
I am honoured to be joining the Alliston Midwives! I have completed many clinical placements here in Alliston and have grown to love the area. I received my BHSc – Midwifery degree from Ryerson in 2015. I am also a Registered Nurse (RN) and have a degree in Health Services Administration. Prior to becoming a midwife, I practiced as a RN for 13 years (mostly in labour and delivery), taught prenatal classes, and worked as a second birth attendant. I endeavoured into Midwifery largely because of my previous work experiences and my desire for empowering others through informed choice and continuity of care. Over the years, I have also worked on committees to help improve access to services for marginalized populations, with a focus on young parents in rural settings. I love music and most activities that involve the outdoors and nature. Of all my gifts and treasures, my greatest are my husband and children. I look forward to empowering you in your journey!
Holly Ryans RM. BHsc.
(MATERNITY LEAVE UNTIL SPRING 2017)
- BLUE TEAM
I am eager to return to the fantastic team at Caring Hands, having been lucky to briefly work with these wonderful women, prior to the birth of my first child. I am also so appreciative of the supportive relationship they have established and maintained with our local Stevenson Memorial unit. I came to midwifery at a young age, starting school at 17. I was very keen to understand the fascinating and unique path of pregnancy and birth, and how to best honour and respect this normal yet complex process. I studied at each of the universities that teaches the Midwifery Program (Laurentian, Ryerson and McMaster) as well as short terms studying and practicing in New Zealand. Before moving to Loretto, I enjoyed many years working in Peel and Halton Hills, grateful to have been entrusted with terms as the Head Midwife and Co-Head Midwife at two of their affiliated hospitals. When I'm not oncall, I can be found at the cottage enjoying everything outdoors with my two young children, partner and family! I can't wait to meet my future clients and their growing families
Jessica Kraitberg RM. BHsc.
(Maternity leave spring 2017)
– Green Team
Hello! My name is Jessica Kraitberg. I am thrilled to be working with the midwives here in Alliston and the surrounding area. I grew up on Vancouver Island, British Columbia where I developed a deep love and respect for the land which continues to capture my imagination and influence the relationships I build and the way I choose to spend my time. I moved to Toronto, Ontario to pursue my passion for woman and family centered care where I graduated with a Bachelor of Health Sciences in Midwifery. Since graduating I have worked in a variety of midwifery clinics. I spent two years working at an Aboriginal focused clinic in downtown Toronto where our vision statement and mandate guided us to reach out to the urban Aboriginal population and to provide culturally relevant holistic care. Working with this mandate has positively influenced the care I provide to all women and families. Most recently I spent a year working in BC in a more rural setting where I learned about the challenges and benefits of midwifery in smaller more remote communities. I look forward to bringing my unique skill set and love of midwifery to the women and families of this community and to continue to learn from the midwives and clients that surround me.
Tiffany Pattison, Office Administrator
As a practice Administrator Tiffany is responsible for day to day operations and book keeping within the practice. She is a graduate of the Toronto School of Business and has been working in a medical office/field for more than 14 years.
“ I love what I do and I feel so privileged to have the opportunity to work with such a fantastic team of ladies. I thoroughly enjoy getting to know all the clients and eagerly await to meet their new bundle of joy. When I’m not working, I love to cook, bake, read and most of all spend time with my husband and children.”
Meet Our Student Midwives
(Fourth Year Midwifery Student)
I am looking forward to joining the Alliston Midwives as a senior student from May 2017 to March 2018.
My passion for midwifery began following the exceptional care I received during the birth of my daughter. I knew I wanted to provide midwifery care to others just as I had. In 2012 my son was born and soon after I started this incredible journey in the Ryerson program. Prior to this I earned a degree in Psychology, a certificate in Rehabilitation Services and supported families within various social service agencies. As a midwifery student, I have had the opportunity to work alongside midwives in York Region as well as obstetricians and nurses out of Southlake Regional Health Centre, Mackenzie Health, Royal Victoria Hospital and Stevenson Memorial Hospital.
I am honoured and truly appreciate the opportunity to provide care to families within the community I call home
~ to learn more about student placement click here.
(Fourth Year Midwifery Student)
I’m a senior student in my 4th and final year of the midwifery education program through Laurentian University, and I’m excited to be doing a placement with the Alliston Midwives!
As a little kid I used to sneak into my mom’s room and pull out her books and pamphlets on pregnancy. I was so fascinated by all of the changes a woman goes through, and the development of an embryo to a fetus to a baby! With this lifelong fascination and my interest in women’s reproductive issues and rights, I’ve always known that midwifery was the career for me.
I have two beautiful sons, and two very different pregnancies. The first was normal and easy, while the second was very complicated and high risk. My own experiences of pregnancy and childbirth with midwifery care changed my life and taught me so much. I’m deeply honoured to be able to support other women during this important time.
I also hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts, and am a certified Reiki Practitioner. I have am interested in energy healing and alternative modalities to compliment midwifery care.
I will be at this wonderful practice from September 2017 to April 2018. I so look forward to meeting you and being part of your midwifery team!