Meet The Midwives

There are sixteen registered midwives working in our practice. Find out more about each midwife by clicking below:

Andrea Levy, B.A., B.H.Sc (Hons) RM 

Andrea LevyI first knew I wanted to become a midwife when I was finishing my degree in Psychology in 1994. I had decided that I wanted to work in women’s health care, and midwifery was the obvious choice! I am also proud to be carrying on in the footsteps of my great-grandmother and great-aunt, who worked as midwives in Saskatchewan and Ontario.

Prior to being accepted to the Midwifery Education Program at Ryerson University in 1998, I studied Childbirth Education and completed a doula training course. While at Ryerson, in between courses, I gave birth to my daughters, Mischa, born in 1999, and Ellie, born in 2001. They were both born at home with the help of midwives.

In addition to being a full-time midwife, I am a clinical preceptor and an Emergency Skills Workshop instructor for the AOM. When I’m not practicing midwifery in Ontario, I use my skills internationally – I am on the faculty for a Disaster Response course and a member of the Canadian and UK disaster deployment teams for Humanity First, and about once a year I travel to Haiti to work with the Jenkins/Penn Haitian Relief Organization.

Unlike most midwives, I do not knit, garden, or bake. In my spare time I do enjoy reading, exercising, and travelling with my daughters. I maintain current certifications in Emergency Skills, Neonatal Resuscitation, CPR and adhere to standards and guidelines as a member of the College of Midwives of Ontario and the Association of Ontario Midwives.

 

Aynsley Donohue, B.Sc., B.HSc., MPPAL, RM 

Aynsley DonohueI graduated from the Midwifery Education Program at McMaster University. During the degree I represented McMaster on the Midwifery Education Program’s Advisory Committee and I also participated in a research project titled, “Babies Can’t Wait.” I was honoured at graduation with the Dr. Murrary and Eleanor Enkin Award.

Prior to this degree I completed a degree in biological sciences at the University of Guelph. It was during my first degree that I became passionate about women and children’s health care. I always knew health care was my calling but clinical placements at The Hospital for Sick Children and Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital solidified my desire to dedicate my career to maternal newborn care.

I completed all of my clinical training in Toronto, the city I grew up in and call home. My first placements were downtown and my final ones, including my clerkship were at Midwifery Care ~ North Don River Valley. This allowed me to develop great relationships with not only the superb team of midwives at MC~NDRV, but also at our hospital, North York General, and with the community we serve.

I also have a Master’s degree in Public Policy, Administration and Law at York University. I completed this degree in 2010 and intend to utilize the knowledge I acquired towards improving health care delivery in Ontario.

Carla Sorbara, B.A. (Hons), B. HSc (Hons) RM 

In 1996, I graduated from McGill University with a joint degree in medical anthropology and religious studies. In 1996, I moved on to pursue a master’s degree in the history and philosophy of medicine at the University of Toronto.

In 1997, my first daughter, Yael, was born at home, attended by midwives. It was this experience that inspired me to take on a more active role in women’s health care. To me, becoming a midwife was a way to bring together my dedication to creating positive change in women’s health and my commitment to working closely with women and their families. As I made my way toward the Ontario Midwifery Education Program, I went on to have two more daughters, Mira and Audrey.

I graduated from the Midwifery Education Program at Ryerson University. As part of my training, I had the opportunity to work closely with an obstetrician and to spend time working in the NICU and in genetic counseling unit at Mount Sinai Hospital. These experiences provided me the opportunity to practice in a more high risk setting and to work with a broad range of issues in family and community health.

Like all of the midwives at Midwifery Care ~ North Don River Valley, I am a registered midwife with the College of Midwives of Ontario, and adhere to their standards, guidelines and risk screening protocols. Similarly, I am a member of the Association of Ontario Midwives and maintain a current certificate in both neonatal resuscitation and CPR.

Carron Canning, R.N. R.M., BSCN, RM 

Carron CanningI was born and raised in South Africa. I registered as a nurse and midwife in 1980. I had many wonderful opportunities and gained great experience working in both urban and rural settings. This gave me a good grounding from which to grow and develop. My husband and I immigrated to Canada in 1988 and I worked as a labour and delivery nurse for 10 years – in 3 hospitals, one of them being North York General and in a busy obstetrician’s office. Midwifery at this time was just becoming legislated and regulated in Ontario.

I was accepted into the PLEA (Prior Learning, Experience and Assessment) program in Ontario. This program integrates foreign trained midwives into the Ontario Model of Care. After completing this process and undergoing a period of supervision I registered as a midwife in Ontario.

I also completed my Bachelor of Science of Nursing (BSCN) a few years later.

I practice within the standards, guidelines and risk screening protocols of the College of Midwives. I strive to keep current and learn and grow so maintain current resuscitation certifications as well as regularly attend rounds, conferences, workshops and peer reviews.

We are an important part of the health care team at North York General Hospital and have a great relationship with the physicians and nursing staff. We maintain and foster these relationships by being very involved at the hospital on many levels.

I love working as a midwife especially the aspect of continuity of care. It is very rewarding to be a part of a special birth experience.

Christi Johnston,  B.A., M.Ed., B.H.Sc RM 

Christi JohnstonI began my journey into midwifery in 1999 when I attended a friend’s home birth in Kitchener. She, as a single mother, needed support both for her labour and for her kids. I was on call in Toronto and without a car, so I relied on the help of many people to provide the compassion and companionship that birth deserves.

My next step in my midwifery journey was to obtain my Childbirth Education Certificate from Humber College in 2000. At this time, I also began work as the office administrator at Midwifery Care~North Don River Valley. Shortly after, I entered the Ryerson Midwifery Education Program. My son Owen was born in 2002, so he has grown up with a midwifing mom. I graduated from Ryerson University and gave birth to my daughter Frances one month later. I joined Diversity Midwives in Scarborough, and while I was excited to be working as a midwife, my daughter was not happy! I took 18 months off to parent her full time and then returned to Diversity Midwives.

In 2011, due to a family tragedy, I took a two year leave of absence from midwifery. However, I was called back to the profession, and my intention and desire led me to this practice. And so, with great gratitude I joined Midwifery Care~North Don Midwifery Valley in November 2013.

Cynthia Rebong, BA, BHSc, RM 

Cynthia RebongI graduated with a Bachelor of Health Sciences from the Ontario Midwifery Education Programme at Ryerson University.

Before becoming a midwife, I completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Women’s Studies and Bioethics at the University of Toronto. I have enjoyed past experiences in social justice organizing and equity work. I was also involved in reproductive health counseling and education in a Planned Parenthood women’s health clinic.

I have participated on the Board of Directors at the June Callwood Centre for Women and Families, formerly known as Jessie’s Centre for Teenagers. I currently take part in prenatal teaching with the Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program which is focused on supporting newcomers and disadvantaged families.

I maintain current certifications in Emergency Skills, Neonatal Resuscitation, CPR and adhere to standards and guidelines as a member of the College of Midwives of Ontario and the Association of Ontario Midwives.

I have three children, two of whom were born at home in the company of midwives.

Elizabeth Cates, BSc (Hons), BHSc (Hons), PhD, RM 

Elizabeth CatesI have always been interested in healthcare. Prior to finding my way to midwifery, I trained as a medical researcher and educator at both the University of Guelph and McMaster University (from which I received a doctorate in medical science in 2007).

After the home births of my two sons in 2008 and 2010, I was driven to pursue midwifery as a career. I experienced first-hand the quality of care midwives deliver, and the positive difference they can make in the lives of women and their families. I feel honoured to be part of a profession that represents such a positive aspect of women’s healthcare.

I completed all of my clinical training in Toronto (the majority of which was at Midwifery Care ~ North Don River Valley). I feel strongly about continuing education and evidence-based practice. I maintain current certifications in Neonatal Resuscitation, Emergency Skills, and CPR, and adhere to the standards and guidelines set forth by the College of Midwives of Ontario and the Association of Ontario Midwives.

I currently live in Toronto with my partner, our sons, and our cats. In my free time, I like to read, knit, and spend time with family and friends – preferably near a lake or campfire!

Gemma Greenberg, RM 

Gemma GreenbergI am originally from London, England where Midwives are the lead health-care professional caring for women throughout their pregnancy, intrapartum and post partum periods. Through the United Kingdom’s health care system, specifically childbearing care, I became exposed to Midwifery at a very young age. Since I was a little girl I admired midwives’ for the care they provide and blessings they help bring into the world. My ambition to study midwifery grew from a wish to combine an intellectual interest in the physiology of reproduction with a strong desire to care for mothers and babies.

I began my midwifery studies in England during which I married and moved to Canada where I completed the Midwifery Education Program at Ryerson University. I thoroughly enjoyed my studies here in Toronto; I took part in midwifery placements and a series of community placements in which I followed an obstetrician, a family doctor, a lactation consultant, and a labour and delivery nurses just to name a few.

I have four wonderful sons that were all brought in to this world with the help of midwives. My whole childbearing experience was entirely positive due to the special care and support provided to me by my midwives. I aspire to provide women with the wonderful personalized care I was privileged to receive, and make their childbearing experiences everything they could hope for.

I am registered with the College of Midwives of Ontario and adhere to their standards and regulations, I am also a member of the Association of Ontario Midwives. I maintain current certification in CPR and neonatal resuscitation, as well as emergency skills workshops for midwives. I believe continuing education to be of the up most importance and strive to keep up to date with the latest midwifery and obstetrical research.

Ildiko Kaszas, RM

Ildiko KaszasI am thrilled to be joining the incredibly dedicated midwives of Midwifery Care – North Don River Valley as a New Registrant, and look forward to guiding parents and babies on the fantastic journey that is birth!

Some of you may recognize me from my senior clinical placements, as I had the pleasure of caring for many generous clients here during my final year of training. I graduated from Ryerson’s Midwifery Education Program with Distinction, having come to midwifery after a career in science journalism and documentary film. It was while working for CBC Radio-Canada that my son was born into the gentle hands of midwives; I knew then I had found my true calling!

I maintain current certifications in Emergency Skills, Neonatal Resuscitation and CPR, and adhere to midwifery standards and guidelines as a member of the College of Midwives of Ontario and the Association of Ontario Midwives. I also speak fluent French, English and Hungarian.

As an immigrant, myself, I am passionate about providing high-quality, evidence-based perinatal care to all new Canadians –regardless of how they arrived or where they came from. When I’m not catching babies, you’ll find me making a racket somewhere with my tap shoes, puzzling over crosswords or trying to make people laugh!

Krista Fairles, RM 

Krista FairlesI graduated from the Midwifery Education Program at Ryerson and did all of my midwifery training in the Greater Toronto Area. My placements included experience in genetics, lactation, reproductive health services, obstetrics and midwifery. I did my final placement here at NDRV and am very excited to join this amazing practice and our colleagues at North York General Hospital as a Registered Midwife.

Prior to midwifery I completed a Bachelor of Science in 2006 at the University of Guelph and then pursued research in molecular biology at the University of Calgary. I soon realized that while I loved science, the lab bench was too lonely for me! Around the same time I started my own family and became aware of midwifery and I immediately felt drawn to it as a profession.

I maintain current certifications in emergency skills, neonatal resuscitation and CPR. I adhere to the standards of the College of Midwives of Ontario and participate in task forces with the Association of Ontario Midwives.

I’m originally from southwestern Ontario and haven’t totally converted to a city girl yet, so when I’m not on call I’m usually camping, hiking or paddling with my family.

Mary Ann Leslie, RM 

maryann leslieI have three children, Sarah, born in hospital in 1974, and Heather and Simon, born at home in 1982 and 1984. It was through my birth experiences with them that I first became interested and involved with midwifery.

I studied nursing, as a route to midwifery, from 1976 – 1979. In 1979 I graduated with honours from Seneca. Following graduation I worked on an obstetrical unit at Toronto General Hospital for two years. In 1981 I took courses to become a certified childbirth educator with A.S.P.O., the official “Lamaze” organization. I have been teaching prenatal classes off and on since 1982.

Since 1981, I have been labour coaching at both home and hospital births. After the home birth of my son in 1984 I decided to undertake a formal apprenticeship. I completed this in January 1988, and began to practice as a midwife.

In 1993, prior to legislation and regulation of midwifery, I completed the Michener Intergration Programme and was registered with the first group of Ontario Midwives in January 1994. I maintain a current certificate in neonatal resuscitation and CPR. In addition, I keep my skills and information current by attending conferences and workshops.

I am an active member of the Association of Ontario Midwives (AOM), participating in several committees. I have a strong interest in continuing education and routinely work with student midwives.

I continue to enjoy midwifery, helping women and babies and getting families off to a good start at this important time.

Michelle Janutka, MEd, BHSc (Hons), BPHE, BA (Hons) RM 

Michelle JanutkaI graduated from the Midwifery Education Programme at Ryerson University.  I had the pleasure of working in various communities during my training such as Guelph, Cambridge and central Toronto.  After completing my last placement at Midwifery Care North Don River Valley I joined this clinic as a registered midwife.  I truly value the diversity of the families we care for in North York and surrounding areas.

I have enjoyed the rewards and challenges of being a teacher in this profession.  Throughout my years of work I have been a clinical preceptor for midwifery students of various level. I have taught at the Ryerson University Midwifery Education Program and I am an instructor for the Emergency Skills certification program for midwives.

My previous education started at Queen’s University where I completed a Bachelor of Physical Health and Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Health.  I developed a passion for women’s health and a strong foundation of the humanities and sciences.  After completing my doula training it became clear that I was passionate about becoming a midwife.

Most recently I completed my Masters of Education specific to the Health Professions at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto.  My interests throughout the degree centered on the interactions of verbal and non-verbal communication with respect to caring teaching and learning within midwifery.  I look forward to exploring these issues further in my practice.

I am the third child in a family originating from the Czech Republic who immigrated to Canada in 1969.  I am blessed with the love of my two vivacious sons and the joys of cooking, photography and physical activities.

Misol Kim, B.Sc (Hons), BHSc (Hons) RM 

Misol KimI studied Life Sciences and Mathematics at University of Toronto and graduated with honours degree in 2009. The experience made me learn about different aspects of health and I became interested in health care at a primary level. Shortly after graduation, I went to Korea to visit my father and decided to spend more time with him while teaching English. When I decided to come back, I learned about midwifery care and especially fell in love with the philosophy of care of midwifery, which is grounded in client-centered care that facilitates continuity of care, informed choice, and choice of birth place. Shortly after I was accepted into the midwifery program at Ryerson University and graduated with honours.

I completed my midwifery training in the GTA and practiced midwifery to the fullest scope. The experience in urban settings has allowed me to become familiar with community standards and resources. More importantly, I learned to appreciate the diversity and importance of providing culturally safe care.

I hold certifications in Emergency Skills, Neonatal Resuscitation, and CPR and adhere to the standards and guidelines set by the College of Midwives of Ontario and the Association of Ontario Midwives. As a life-long learner, I am committed to continuing education to provide the highest standard of care for our clients.

Nikhita Bair-Patel, B.HSc, RM  

nikhitaI graduated from the midwifery education program at Laurentian University during my training I had the opportunity to work with a diverse group of women and families in Ottawa, the Ottawa Valley and the Greater Toronto Area.

I was born and raised in Pembroke Ontario. My experience prior to becoming a midwife included working as a lifeguard and swimming instructor at the community pool. I also worked at a chiropractic health center as a receptionist, which gave me the opportunity to be exposed to patient care. This taught me the value of creating trusting, caring, and positive relationships with clients and how this can positively affect health care experiences. My time at the chiropractic health center reinforced my wish to be able to contribute to a similar positive experience to those clients I may come into contact with as a midwife.

I maintain a current certification in both neonatal resuscitation and CPR. I adhere to the standard and guidelines of the College of Midwives of Ontario.

Rivky Meldung, B.Sc (Hons) RM 

Rivky MeldungI was born and raised in London, England. I graduated from the Midwifery Programme at Middlesex Universty. After graduating, I worked as a hospital midwife in labour and delivery as well as postpartum. Following this, I worked as a midwife in the community in a model of care similar to the model at Midwifery Care ~ North Don River Valley.

Years later, I immigrated to Canada and completed the International Midwifery Pre-registration Programme. This is a programme which gives midwives trained in other countries the skills and knowledge they need to work in Ontario. During this time, I had 2 children with the midwives of North Don River Valley.

I grew up in a culture where large families and birth are common and celebrated events. This was a big factor in influencing me to choose midwifery as a career. I am passionate about providing women with professional care which will provide them with a life time of fond memories.

I look forward to meeting you and your family!

 

Wendy Wong, B.HSc., RM 

Wendy WongOriginally born and raised in Mississauga, Ontario, I am thrilled to be involved and working with the women and families from North of Toronto!

I graduated from the Midwifery Education Programme at McMaster University. Over the course of the programme, I have attended to more than 100 births. As part of my midwifery training, I have been with the Sages-femmes Renaissance Midwifery practice in Welland, and spent my senior year with the Guelph Midwives. My community block placements took place in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Toronto East General Hospital, the Mother-Baby breastfeeding clinic, Labour and Delivery at St. Catharines General Hospital, and the office of Dr. Yeggepan OB/GYN in Niagara Falls.

Midwifery to me means informing, supporting and respecting women and their families throughout this profound period of their lives. To understand that birth, and pregnancy can be laden with broad values and vast diversity are also elements I see central to midwifery. I am pleased that midwifery, as a profession, is continuing to gain momentum and presence in Ontario’s health care system as more women can receive its unique care. I am happy and honoured to participate and have you and your loved ones share with me this moment in your life.

When I am not immersed into the world of midwifery, or teaching prenatal classes, you can find me near the kitchen oven as I am an avid baker. Cinnamon buns especially! There is also never a dull moment at home for me, as I have two delicious and high energy girls who entered into this world with the help of my friends and colleagues from this practice.