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 Hospital in Alliston) 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 a member of the Alliston Midwives. 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 began my midwifery training at McMaster University in the fall of 2009 and 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 the Alliston 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.
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.
– 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)
Hello, my name is Heather McTaggart and I feel grateful and excited be joining the Caring Hands team for my final Clerkship placement as a Senior Student Midwife.
I was born in the small North Western town of Dryden, Ontario and raised in Sudbury, Ontario. Before embarking on my midwifery journey I studied Psychology and Women’s Studies at Laurentian University, where I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree. Pursuing midwifery has always felt like a calling for me and was a natural transition after working as a personal support worker. I am now able to take the skills I have learned through midwifery training and apply them to support women and families during their pregnancies and beyond; something I am very passionate about!
When I’m not catching babies, I enjoy cooking, biking, camping, travel, and wine- touring. I am looking forward to exploring Alliston and honoured to be serving the growing families within it.
~ to learn more about student placement click here.
(Fourth Year Midwifery Student)
My name is Allison and I’m excited to start my fourth year with Alliston Midwives! I am originally from Owen Sound and hope to eventually practice midwifery in a small community. Before midwifery I completed a degree in kinesiology at Western, focusing on injuries and athletic therapy. Although I really enjoyed learning about therapy, my greatest interest has always been pregnancy, and I am happy that I get to spend my time with this population.
My previous midwifery placement was with Midwifery Care of Peel and Halton Hills with the midwives in Brampton. Since then I have done some short placements in Hamilton, Barrie, Owen Sound, and Kigali, Rwanda. I have really enjoyed practicing in different sized cities with a wide variety of populations, but am very happy to be in a smaller community for my fourth year. I’m looking forward to meeting everyone and getting to be Allison working in Alliston, probably getting confused for Ali at times! See you soon!