My name is Shezeen Suleman. I have a degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Toronto. My interest in birth work started in 2002, when I was living and working in rural India. I was inspired by Jeva Bai, a midwife and leader in the community who had been supporting women in the area for decades. I returned to Canada and did community work in Regent Park and in Rexdale for several years. I went on to graduate from Ryerson with a Bachelor of Health Sciences in Midwifery in 2011 and have been working at West End Midwives since 2015.
My name is Aoife Chamberlaine. I have been with West End Midwives since graduating from Ryerson University with a Bachelor of Health Sciences in Midwifery in 2012. Prior to living in Toronto I completed a Gender Studies degree at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, where I also attended births in the role of a doula. I enjoy spending time baking, riding my bike and spending time with my dog.
My name is Pam MacInnis. Before becoming a midwife I worked as a Registered Massage Therapist for 18 years and I bring this understanding of the human body to my work each day. I graduated with a Bachelor of Health Sciences in Midwifery in 2004. I have been practicing in the west end of Toronto since 2004. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time outdoors with my husband and two wonderful daughters.
My name is Laura Coombs. My interest in midwifery began as a child when I was present for the birth of my brother. It made a lasting impression on me - now I have the honour of being a midwife myself. I have a degree in biology from Mount Allison University. I completed my midwifery training at Ryerson and graduated with a Bachelor of Health Sciences in Midwifery in 2011. I was a student at West End Midwives during my training and have been working at the practice as a Registered Midwife ever since I graduated.
My name is Jerrylyn Guevarra. I graduated with a Bachelor of Health Sciences in Midwifery from Ryerson in 2013. Prior to midwifery, I worked with Toronto Public Health and Toronto Social Services. I have been working at West End Midwives since 2014. In my spare time, I enjoy running along Toronto’s beautiful forested trails and watching my daughters play volleyball.
My name is Heidi Kern. Prior to practicing as a midwife, I completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art and Design from the University of Alberta. I spent most of my twenties working in Asia and travelling. In preparation for a career in midwifery, I volunteered as labour support for teens, women living in shelters and refugees women here in the city. I graduated from Ryerson University with a Bachelor of Health Sciences in Midwifery in 2013. I am an avid reader and love the opera.
My name is Ren Barrett. I trained to be a midwife at Ryerson and graduated with a Bachelor of Health Sciences in Midwifery in 2004. I have had the pleasure of practicing midwifery in Vancouver as well as in Toronto. Prior to registering as a midwife I worked in various capacities doing community development and adult education. Working overseas allowed me to learn Spanish, which helps me serve the many Spanish-speaking families in WEM’s area. Being a mother and a midwife makes keeps me grounded and content. Le encanta trabajar como partera y de ser mama!
My name is Soheyla Owlieai. I was born and raised in Iran, where I first trained to be a midwife. I graduated with a Bachelor of Health Sciences in Midwifery in 1993 and practiced in Iran as well as in England for many years. I moved to Canada with my family and graduated from the International Midwifery Pre-registration Program in 2007 and I have been working in Ontario ever since. What I love best about doing this work is being able to provide emotional support as well as safe care to women and their babies.
My name is Manavi Handa. I have been practicing midwifery in Ontario since 2000. I completed the Midwifery Education Program at Ryerson University, where I am now a member of the the faculty, training new students each year. I spend a part of each year teaching and doing research, and part of the year practicing at West End Midwives. I am the Midwifery Clinical Coordinator at the Non-Insured Walk-In Clinic (NIWIC) - a program I helped start to serve non-insured pregnant women in Toronto. In my spare time, I enjoy practicing yoga and taking my dog for walks.
My name is Navjot Lidder. Prior to completing the International Midwifery Pre-registration Programme at Ryerson University, I was an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist in India providing care in both rural and urban areas. I joined West End Midwives in 2010. I am involved in the Indian community and enjoy spending time with my close family.
My name is Linda Ngo. My first degree is in Human Biology from the University of Toronto. Prior to graduating from Ryerson University with a degree in Health Sciences in Midwifery, I worked in research at the the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. I also volunteered with the Sexual Assault Survivor Line. In my spare time I enjoy playing volleyball and practicing yoga.
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My name is Adriana Rodriguez de Valentini. Before moving to Canada in 2005 I practiced as an Obstetrician and Gynecologist in Argentina and Venezuela for over 10 years. I have also worked in research at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre here in Toronto in studies involving pregnant women. I graduated from the International Midwifery Pre-registration Programme at Ryerson University in 2016 and since than I have been working at West End Midwives. Asimismo, Le doy la bienvenida a todas aquellas embarazadas de habla hispana que deseen expresarse en su idioma natal y compartir sus experiencias acerca del embarazo, parto y post-parto conmigo. In my spare time I like to do a little bit of everything, gardening, jogging and even playing volleyball but what I love the most is to spend time with my family.
My name is Shâdé Chatrath. I graduated in 2010 with a degree in Health Sciences in Midwifery from Ryerson University. Prior to graduating I worked as a Kinesiologist encouraging health and wellness to individual of all walks of life. I also spent time volunteering at a pregnancy support centre and a crisis hotline. In addition to my work as a midwife, I train midwives and other healthcare professionals in emergency skills, First Aid, CPR and neonatal resuscitation.
My name Ashley Smith. I was first inspired to be a midwife when my niece was born with the help of midwives. I completed my first degree in Health Sciences from The University of Western Ontario and continued my studies with my Health Sciences degree in Midwifery from McMaster University. After graduating from the midwifery program in 2014 I began working at West End Midwives. I love spending time outside, hiking, snowshoeing and snowboarding.
My name is Elaine Ho. My parents are from Hong Kong. I was born in Kitchener, Ontario and grew up in Toronto. My own children were born in North Bay, Kingston and Toronto. I studied at Queen’s University and have Bachelor Arts in Political Studies. In 2005, I graduated from Ryerson with a Bachelor of Health Science in Midwifery and have been working as a full-time midwife since that time. My favourite part of being a midwife at West End Midwives is the women who come into our care and their families. I also believe we have the best staff and a wonderful team of midwives!
My name is Mary Hunking. I was part of the group of midwives that was grandmothered into the Ontario healthcare system in 1994, through a Pre-registration program at the Michener Institute in Toronto, Ontario. Throughout my life as a midwife, I have had the pleasure to work in several communities in the province (Peterborough, Kingston & Toronto) as well as in Canada's North. I consider it a privilege to have had the opportunity to work in the Arctic in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut. I’ve been practicing at West End Midwives since January 2010. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my kids.