Andrea Levy, BA BHSc (Hons) MPH (cand) RM ↑
I 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.
Avni Garg, BHSc RM ↑
My journey to midwifery began while completing secondary school in the UK. The spark of interest was lit after reading an article entitled “A Day in the Life of a Midwife” in a Doctors Without Borders journal. I was instantly drawn to the idea of providing evidence-based care to pregnant people centered around their personal values and choices, while upholding continuity. Midwifery combines my interests in women’s reproductive rights, health care needs for marginalized populations, and social justice.
My clinical experiences have ranged from working with newcomers in Hamilton, ON at the Hamilton Urban Core Community Health Centre, to home birth management in Saskatoon, along with NICU and nursing placements in Hamilton, Cambridge, and London, ON. I completed my final year of midwifery studies here at Midwifery Care North Don River Valley, and am thrilled to join this exemplary team of midwives as a New Registrant.
I was born in Winnipeg, raised in Saskatoon, and consider the Prairies home. Prior to completing the Midwifery Education Program at McMaster University I studied at The University of British Columbia, Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, and UWC Atlantic College in Wales. I am grateful to have lived, worked, and studied in these diverse communities. When not “midwifing” I play piano, read, travel, appreciate live music and theatre, and water colour paint. I also enjoy learning new languages, having dabbled in French, Hindi, and Arabic among others.
Carron Canning, BScN RN RM↑
I 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.
Cynthia Rebong, BA BHSc RM ↑
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 ↑
I 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!
Hana Lang, BSc BHSc (Hons) RM ↑
I’m a graduate of Ryerson University’s Midwifery Education Program, and also hold an Honours degree in Cognitive Science from Carleton University.
My first experiences with birth were during calving season as a child on my family’s beef farm in rural Northumberland County. I’ve since had the pleasure to learn and practice human midwifery in Toronto, Thunder Bay, Cobourg, Peterborough and Ottawa Ontario. In my spare time I enjoy eating pizza and pasta, running, reading, travelling and spending time with my mini Australian Shepard, Dave.
My biggest professional interests include perinatal mental health and emergency skills, but I am currently fascinated by the microbiome (bacteria in our guts!) and the effect it may have on long term health outcomes.
I can’t wait to meet you!
Krista Fairles, BSc (Hons) BHSc (Hons) RM ↑
I 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 ↑
I 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, BPHE BA (Hons) BHSc (Hons) MEd RM ↑
I 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.
Rebecca Crone, BHSc (Hons) RM ↑
My journey into midwifery began with the birth of my first daughter in 2007 at the hands of my amazing midwives. That experience was the catalyst for me to begin an education in maternal and newborn health. Following this, I became a certified birth doula through DONA International as well as a certified childbirth educator. I spent the subsequent years providing prenatal, labour and postpartum support to families in York Region, until I entered the Midwifery Education Program at Ryerson University.
During my time as a doula and childbirth educator, I went on to have three more children, all attended by midwives. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto as well as an honours post-graduate degree from Seneca College. I graduated from the Ryerson Midwifery Education Program with honours in 2018.
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.
In my free time, I love doing yoga and rock climbing as well as spending time with my husband and four amazing children.
I am so thrilled and grateful to be a part of the team at Midwifery Care – North Don River Valley and to be able to support clients and their families, by providing compassionate, comprehensive care in a way that is meaningful to them.
Wendy Wong, BHSc, RM ↑
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.