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 RM 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 RM 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 RM 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.
- 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
Lindsay Miedema RM BHSc. BA
- Green team (on maternity leave)
My passion for midwifery began when I received exceptional care during my first pregnancy. I knew I wanted to provide care to others just as I had experienced. In 2012 I entered the Midwifery Education Program at Ryerson University. In my final year of training I had the privilege to be placed with the Alliston Midwives, whose caring hands delivered my own babies years before. Prior to my midwifery journey, I earned a degree in Psychology, a certificate in Rehabilitation Services and supported families within various social service agencies. During my free time, I enjoy traveling, running, knitting and spending time with my family. I am honoured and truly appreciate the opportunity to provide care to families within the community I call home.
Allison Rigney RM BHSc. BKin.
- green team
My interest in pregnancy started at a young age and was initially inspired by growing up on a farm and delivering calves. Before midwifery I completed a degree in kinesiology at Western University, however my greatest interest was always pregnancy. I then went on to complete my midwifery degree from McMaster University, and always had hopes of working in a smaller community. I am very pleased to be a part of a midwifery practice that fosters great relationships with the local hospital. I feel fortunate that I get to spend my time with this population, and look forward to all the clients yet to come!
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)- Blue Team
My name is Laura Olech and I will be a senior student at Caring Hands Midwifery Services from May 2019 to March 2020. I was drawn to midwifery from a passion for maternal-newborn health and continuity of care. When I’m not learning how to best care for women, newborns and their families, I enjoy reading, nature walks, and spending time with family and friends. I am looking forward to learning from the midwives at this practice, and from the families who call Alliston and area home.
(Second year midwifery student) - Blue team
Hello, my name is Bailey and I am currently in my second year of the Midwifery Education Program (MEP) at Laurentian University. I am really looking forward to doing this placement at Caring Hands Midwifery Services. I will be at this clinic from April 22, 2019 until August 15, 2019. This will be my first clinical placement and I am very grateful for this opportunity to assist women in their pregnancy.
I was born and raised in Wasaga Beach, Ontario. Before the MEP, I studied Environmental Studies at the University of Windsor and Natural Resource Management at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario. I became very interested in pregnancy and childbirth after having children of my own and decided to become certified as a birth doula. After only a few births I knew I wanted to study midwifery.
Outside of school I enjoy baking, reading, walking, and going on adventures with my kids. I am very excited to be moving back closer to home, and I am really looking forward to meeting and working with you!
(second year midwifery student) - Green team
Hello! My name is Kayla Murray and I am so thrilled to be joining the Alliston practice. I grew up inNorfolk County, a small township in southwestern Ontario right on Lake Erie. I love living in the country and enjoy all things local. I worked on a lavender farm for a number of years where my passion for holistic alternatives grew. I have previously studied general science, pre-health science and public health, but I always knew I wanted to pursue midwifery. After many years of hard work and dedication I am finally here! I am so excited to be in an environment of constant learning as well as be a part of something truly amazing.
When I am not busy with school or a job, I enjoy being outdoors, especially in the summer when it is warm and sunny. I love to travel, drink coffee and spend time with my family and friends. I also spend my time crocheting, quilling or learning about history.
I look forward to growing and developing my skills as a midwifery student at Caring Hands.