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A midwife is a registered health care professional who provides primary care to low-risk women throughout their pregnancy, labour and birth and provides care to both mother and baby during the first six weeks following the birth.
Midwives work together in group practices. Pregnant individuals receive care from a small number of midwives. During regularly scheduled visits to the midwifery practice, midwives provide clinical examinations, counselling and education. Midwives will make a care management plan tailored to your individual needs through evidence-informed care. Labs, ultrasounds, and prescriptions are arranged by your midwives.
Continuity of Care
Midwifery care is available to women throughout their pregnancy, labour, birth, and the first six weeks after birth. Midwives spend time developing relationships with women and are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Women are active decision-makers in the care they receive; midwives give information to help women make informed decisions.
Choice of Birthplace
Midwifery clients may choose to give birth at home or in hospital. Midwives maintain hospital privileges at many Ontario hospitals and work collaboratively with other health care practitioners.
Midwifery services are completely funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
"The practice of midwifery is the assessment and monitoring of women during pregnancy, labour and the post-partum period and of their newborn babies, the provision of care during normal pregnancy, labour and post-partum period and the conducting of spontaneous normal vaginal deliveries."
For information on the College of Midwives of Ontario regulations, standards and guidelines click here
Midwives qualify for registration either by graduating from the Ontario Midwifery Education Programme (a four-year university degree program) or the International Midwifery Pre-registration Program, offered through Ryerson University’s continuing education division. Each year approximately 90 new midwives are registered which will make midwifery care available to more women throughout Ontario.
The Association of Ontario Midwives (AOM) collaborates with the College of Midwives of Ontario, the Midwifery Education Program and the Ontario Midwifery Program to continue the development of an outstanding midwifery care system for women and their families in Ontario.
I became interested in midwifery while attending high school in my hometown of Peterborough, Ontario. I was accepted into the Midwifery Education Programme at McMaster University in 2002 after completing a double major in Physiology and Psychology at the University of Western Ontario in London. I graduated with a Bachelor of Heath Sciences in Midwifery in 2007.
My midwifery training included a combination of both classroom and clinical experiences exposing me to midwifery in a variety of settings during my placements.
I attend seminars, workshops and hospital rounds to help keep my knowledge and skills current.
I relocated to the Northumberland Hills area following in 2010 after three years of midwifery practice in Sarnia. I love what I do and I am very much enjoy the team atmosphere at New Life Midwives.
When I am not on call I enjoy hiking, running, kayaking, reading and travelling on the back of my husband's motorcycle cross country.
Hello, my name is Erin Croteau, I am a graduate of the Mdiwifery Education
Program, McMaster class of 2008. I have been a Registered Midwife with New Life
Midwives since 2010. I see pregnancy and childbirth as an incredible time in a
person’s life, to learn about one’s own inner strength, and an opportunity to
empower families to become engaged in their health care experience. There is
nothing more magical than handing a mother her baby for the *rst time.
I grew up in Peterborough, but have called Port Hope home since 2010. I love my
small town, and live there with my partner Mike, and our two daughters Pyper and
Isla. When I am not catching babies, I love riding my horse Joey, listening to live
music and walking my dog Poppy along the beaches of lake Ontario. I have
dedicated myself to caring for the families of Durham and Northumberland counties,
and feel incredibly privileged to work alongside the wonder*ul midwives, nurses and
physicians in our community.
Hi there! I am so incredibly excited to begin my career as a midwife here at New Life Midwives.
Prior to becoming interested in Midwifery, I completed a B.Sc. in Biomedical Biology with intentions of going to medical school. However, when a close family friend was discussing her experiences with her midwives during her pregnancies I was intrigued and had to investigate further. And so began my love for the wonderful world of Midwifery.
I entered the Laurentian University Midwifery Education Program in 2008 and I was truly fortunate to have completed all of my placements in the Durham/Northumberland region including my senior placement at New Life Midwives. I consider it an honor and a privilege to work with women and their families during such a transformative life stage and I am constantly amazed by the strength and uniqueness of every woman who crosses my path.
Being a midwife makes for a busy life! But when I do have spare time I like to spend it with my amazing family, and wonderful friends eating sushi and hanging out. I’ll never underestimate the power of a good book to help me unwind and the value of a good night’s sleep!
I am looking forward to meeting new clients and welcoming back those I have already worked with. I hope to provide you and your family with the individualized care and support you deserve from a care provider.
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I am so thrilled to be starting at New Life Midwives!
I am a 2014 graduate of McMaster University, but prior to that I attended Wilfrid Laurier University where I obtained a Combined Honours B.A. in Criminology and Health Studies, with Contemporary Studies and a minor in psychology. It was at here at Laurier that I was first introduced
to Midwifery through an elective class discussing the medicalization of motherhood and the historical shift away from midwifery in Canada.
I was born and raised in Etobicoke, with my parents, three younger sisters, and our family dog. I love music, especially country music and classical opera, horseback riding, and reading historical fiction.I now live here in Bowmanville with my partner, our son William and our 4 cats. Some fun, and little known facts about me: I have held jobs as a blackjack dealer for casino-themed charity events, a licensed private investigator and security guard, a veterinary assistant/receptionist, and a ranch hand! I have had many pets growing up which included a hamster, a budgie, several fish, a dog, 7 rats, 4 cats (current) and I used to breed guppies with Jeff before we had our son. I absolutely love to learn new things, meet new people and share
stories about my experiences, and hear others’ stories as well! I have travelled to over 20 countries worldwide, the highlight being a 9 week tour of 16 countries in Europe and the U.K. when I was 16.
I am so pleased to be able to care for women and their families, and feel very lucky to be starting a new chapter here in this new and exciting community!
Hi! My name is Paige Ricketts
I am so very excited to be joining the team at New Life Midwives.
I initially became interested in midwifery while observing a birth in a clinical placement for my nursing diploma. I knew immediately that I wanted to pursue a career involving pregnancy and birth.
I completed my nursing diploma and applied to the Midwifery Education Program at Ryerson University 2 years later. I was delighted to be accepted and began my studies in 2012. In 2015, I had my son under the care of midwives. This experience completely solidified my desire to become a midwife. I was very fortunate to have been able to complete my final year of the program with New Life, and I am so happy to be returning.
I have worked as a nurse in Durham and Northumberland for almost a decade, specializing in addiction and mental health. I look forward to continuing to care for my community in a new capacity.
In my spare time you can find me spending time with my son Jordan, reading a good book, or enjoying time outdoors. I am so privileged to be able to provide the benefits of midwifery care to clients and their families. I look forward to meeting you!
I offer 13 years as a practising midwife in this community and have found this journey to be one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. My personal experience as a Black pregnant teen is what motivated me to pursue a career in Midwifery and more importantly focus on young families and under-serviced groups. Although my life was challenging, I view it as an experience that was necessary in helping me fulfill my destiny.
I enrolled in the 6 year stream of Midwifery Education Program in 2001 at Ryerson University in Toronto and became registered to Practice in Ontario August 2007 earning a Bachelor of Health Science Degree in Midwifery. Throughout the course of my studies I worked at “Motherisk” located at the Hospital for Sick Kids in Toronto and completed a large portion of my clinical placements in the Durham Region. I also had the honour of learning hands on breastfeeding techniques from Edith Kernaman and world renowned paediatrican/ “Breastfeeding guru” Dr Jack Newman.
In my spare time you’ll find me dining out; shopping; enjoying family time with my 5 children; or singing in front of the mirror to the instrumental version of my favourite song.
Each birth I attend is unique and takes me to new heights on my incredible journey as a midwife. I look forward to assisting you and your family through your journey towards birth and beyond.
I am Debbie Doiron and have been working in this community as a midwife for a number of years.
I am happy to say I have been with New Life Midwives for the past five years and have watched it grow with the support of the wonderful women and their families from Northumberland County and Clarington. It’s always a thrill when clients are in care for all of their deliveries and I get to watch their families grow. Thank you for your support!
I obtained my degree from Ryerson University after working in the provincial government. I enjoy working with women in various settings, and am extremely proud of the model of care we are able to provide women and their families at New Life Midwives.
I believe that pregnancy and childbirth are transformative times in families’ lives and I am happy to be a part of that. It is always a thrill to witness the wonder of birth and the power of women and their families. See you soon.
Kory is a graduate of Ryerson University’s Midwifery Education Program (2011-2017), with a Bachelor of Health Sciences (honours) in Midwifery degree.
Prior to entering into Midwifery, Kory spent much of her working life in the health care sector in clinical, supportive, and managerial roles. Over the past seven years, she has been involved in midwifery research with a focus on non-pharmaceutical approaches to GBS-prevention in pregnancy; improved care for perinatally bereaved parents; and developing tools and literature to build research capacity in the midwifery profession. Her research work has included contributions to Better Outcomes Registry Network (BORN), Canadian Journal of Midwifery Research and Practice, and other publications.
In her spare time, Kory loves to read, write, and create fun projects including community art camps for kids. Kory is married and has 4 children – all of whom were born with midwives in BC and Ontario. She is honoured to work in the very region where she was born!
My name is Elaina Ferrari, I am pleased to be joining New Life Midwives and look forward to meeting and caring for you and your families on your journey toward parenthood.
I graduated from the Ryerson Midwifery Education Program in 2003 and had my second child soon after so began practice as a midwife in 2004 in Durham region. I have been practicing midwifery since with a few breaks to have two more children (all 4 born at home) and take a leave recently to care for my partner.
Prior to midwifery I completed an undergrad degree in English and History at York University as well as a childbirth education certificate at Humber College and taught prenatal classes while working as a Doula until I entered the Ryerson Midwifery program. I come from a rich teaching background and enjoy teaching midwifery students through my practice. I am also a hospitalist at the Markham Stouffville Hospital Alongside Midwifery Unit where I enjoy mentoring new midwives, teaching students, and performing many other duties including surgical first assist during cesarean sections.
When I am not working you can find me hanging out with my children, gardening, or riding my bike. I also love camping, and although my older children are beginning to make their own way in life, my younger two are still game to go camping with me in our trailer which I am getting much better at backing up despite what they might say to the contrary!!
I became interested in office admin as a high school student when my then family physician asked if I was interested in a part-time admin job within his office. I soon realized how much I loved the work.
After high school, I initially went on to George Brown College enrolling in a Property Management Diploma Program but my heart strings pulled me into pursuing a Medical Office Administration Diploma instead. After graduating, I soon began working steadily for the next 15 years in varying and diverse hospital programs at Hillcrest Hospital, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and University Health Network.
After our second child, my husband and I decided to make the move from Toronto to Durham, which gave me the wonderful opportunity of being a stay at home mom to our two beautiful children for the next 6 years.
I knew the day would come when I would return to work and I am thrilled to be a part of such a dynamic team at New Life Midwives while working with such lovely clients.
In my spare time, I enjoy family time with my husband, two children and our dog Cooper. I love to cook, sing, read and hike. Our family is all about enjoying different experiences and outings, and watching it all through our kids' eyes.
I became interested in office administration at the young age of 16, when I was working at my local physiotherapy clinic. I soon realized how much I enjoyed interacting with the patients.
After secondary school, I enrolled in the Nursing Program at Durham College and successfully completed my first year when my family continued to expand. Working as a part-time administrative assistant at Mount Sinai Hospital and with an Orthopaedic Surgeon allowed me the flexibility to be a stay-at-home mom. My husband, our 5 beautiful children and I live in Oshawa together with our dog and our cat.
I am so happy to be included in the New Life Midwives family. We have the best clients and the added bonus of holding babies is so wonderful.
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and love to cook.