9983 Keele St., Unit 102 
Vaughan ON, L6A 3Y5
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Anna Trippel

Greetings! I am very excited to have joined Family Care Midwives in 2020. I am originally from New Brunswick where I practiced as a Registered Nurse. It was in nursing that I realized I had a strong desire to use my knowledge and skills in a maternal and infant health context and decided that midwifery was how I wanted to specialize. I graduated with Honours in Health Sciences from Ryerson University in 2014 and love that this profession allows me to provide holistic, family-centred midwifery care alongside health promotion and advocacy. I am also fortunate to have experienced midwifery in both a rural and urban context and most enjoy being able to provide midwifery in its fullest scope, where choices for women and the care they receive are optimal. I am trained as a surgical assist for C-section and have worked in Canada’s first Alongside Midwifery Unit and the Toronto Birth Centre. I, too, was caught by a midwife in Switzerland and have fond memories of my parents recalling the gentle and empowering experience they shared together with their health care provider. Now, I am honoured to help shape your pregnancy and birth experiences at Family Care Midwives. When not catching babies, I enjoy volunteering, international travel, outdoor pursuits and spending time in Toronto’s Kensington Market.

Chantal Hoffman

I am thrilled to be working with Family Care Midwives in Vaughan as I am returning home to the town I love. I completed my midwifery education at Laurentian University; since then I have been working with families in Barrie. I have four grown children of my own, plus my lovely dog, and a passion for providing patient-centred care in Midwifery. I am so fortunate to have a job that I love and look forward to working with you and your family.

Cindy Riggs

I was born in southern British Columbia near the Fraser River. Of métis and settler ancestry, I have lived in many places in Canada including Banff, Montréal and Halifax. My first degree was completed in Fine Arts at NSCAD in Halifax. I continue to work as an artist in mixed media, photography, printmaking and textiles.

It was following the birth of my first child that I realized midwifery was my path. I became involved in my community as a doula and an advocate for choice in pregnancy and childbirth. I also got very busy with two more beautiful, adventurous children! I graduated from the Ryerson Midwifery Program in 2017 and used my midwifery education to continue advocating for research on a breastfeeding protocol for Indigenous moms and babies, and in research on Indigenous governance models for the National Aboriginal Council of Midwives.

As a Registered Midwife, I maintain my passion for this work and my commitment to women and their families during one of the most important times in their lives. I value the sacred gift of pregnancy and childbirth and I am honoured to be part of your journey into parenthood!

Elvira Grinberg

I was fascinated by birth the first time I saw a woman giving birth during my medical rotation. I continued to be amazed while delivering babies as a resident in Obstetrics and Gynecology in Russia. Childbirth continued to be a miracle to me with the birth of my two sons.

I started my career in Russia being trained as an obstetrician. Later, I enriched my medical knowledge by participating in research in Genetics that resulted in my PhD degree. After coming to Canada, I encountered Midwifery and immediately fell in love with the unique approach that this profession has to pregnancy and childbirth. I realized midwifery could be a good opportunity for me to return to where I started but on a different, more sensitive, woman-centered level with continuity of care and appropriate use of technology. I graduated in 2014 from the Midwifery Education Program at McMaster University.

I am very excited to work with Family Care Midwives because I want to support the community that became a home to me since coming to Canada in 2009. I look forward to participating in your birth and helping you achieve a positive experience.

Georgina Blanchard

I have always been fascinated with pregnancy and childbirth and have long been focused on women’s rights, social justice and overall human rights. In my twenties, I completed a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters in Sociology at Queen’s University and then started work in the health care sector as a writer, editor and qualitative researcher for organizations focusing on arthritis, client-centered care and living with HIV as a chronic disease. After a decade of working in health care consultancy and research, I started my PhD and although I successfully completed the first part of the degree, I realized that I craved a more hands-on experience and applied to the Ryerson Midwifery Education Program. It was one of the best decisions of my life and I have never looked back.

I speak English, French and Spanish. I am also a published author, play old time fiddle, enjoy gardening. I look forward to meeting you and your family!

Jackie French Curran

Growing up, I was the kid whose ideas about what I wanted to be when I grew up changed continuously. The one constant was health care, but it took a while to find my calling. I spent many years doing volunteer work with the Red Cross and the cardiac unit at Sick Kids Hospital while I completed my first degree in Physical Anthropology at the University of Toronto. Then in 2000 I started volunteering as a labour coach at a center for teenagers and I was hooked! Through this experience, I heard about midwifery and knew immediately that this would be my career path.

I graduated from Ryerson’s Midwifery Program in 2009 with honours. The combination of promoting and encouraging women’s health, along with the clinical and joyous component of birth, keep me motivated and fulfilled in a way that words cannot describe. My daughter was born at home into the loving and skilled hands of midwives and their students and has made me even more committed to this profession and to the education of future midwives. Currently, I live in Toronto and am one of the lucky people in this world who can honestly say that I love my job! I speak English and some French.

Jennifer Hendriks

As a mother who has two children who were born with the help of Midwives, and as a person who possesses a passion for women health, I was drawn to Midwifery when I first learned about it. Prior to Midwifery I was a Business Analyst and Project Manager, but recognized I wanted the change in profession. I started to volunteer at Jessie’s Centre in Toronto, an organization serving pregnant teens and young women who face poverty and social isolation and received my doula certification. I graduated from the Ryerson Midwifery Program in 2019.

Working in project management honed my sense of humour, communication, mediation, and time management skills which I used daily as a midwife. In my past, I have worked in Northern Ontario as a tree planter and emergency forest fire fighter. In my spare time I like to make people laugh (improvisation and stand-up comedy), I knit compulsively, I ride my bicycle, and I love to go camping with my family just to name a few of my other interests.

I am thrilled to bring all my passions together to serve the clients of Family Care Midwives and delighted to be working in a clinic serving such a diverse community.

Maureen Silverman

I grew up on the West Coast of British Columbia and moved to Toronto to follow my dream of becoming a violinist. I graduated in 1978 from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Music in Performance and enjoyed ten years of performing with my violin.

The birth of my first child Sarah, in hospital (1979), awakened an interest in women’s health and a desire to help others learn about choices and alternatives in childbirth. Joseph’s homebirth (‘82), with a doctor, strengthened my intention to work with birthing women. After midwife-attended homebirths with Daniel (‘85) and Benjamin (‘87) I knew being a midwife would be my way to help women experience birth their way.

In 1986 I became a certified Childbirth Educator. Since this time I have been involved in teaching, initially as a Childbirth Educator, and now as a clinical preceptor for the Midwifery Education Programme. In 1999 I graduated with honours from Ryerson University, earning a Bachelor of Health Sciences in Midwifery. Four years of practice later, in 2003, I recognized the growing need for midwifery care and decided to establish a new clinic of my own in York Region. With the need continuing to grow, I then helped to establish a second clinic, Family Care Midwives, in 2010. Now I’m the proud grandma of Charlotte (“Charlie”) and Lou, and was thrilled to attend their home births in NYC.

Meganne-Odile Coyle

I first knew I wanted to be a midwife in my grade 10 class, when I read the job description of what was entailed as a midwife. I was so intrigued! What I didn’t know at the time was how much I would fall in love with it. In 2015, I graduated with a bilingual Bachelor of Sciences in Midwifery from Laurentian University. In 2016, I welcomed my daughter into my own hands under the care of midwives. I started my career in Halton Region where I experienced first-hand how demanding but really rewarding midwifery can be. In 2018, our family grew when my son was born at home, just in time for Halloween!

Since moving to York Region, I am excited about working with Family Care Midwives as I was also a student here several years ago. Now I’m back as a practicing midwife and I look forward to sharing in your joy as your own families grow, two tiny feet at a time!

Mei Luo

I was born in the south of China. My father was a traditional Chinese medicine doctor, so I was able to learn about alternative holistic medicine from very early in my life. I graduated from a 4-year program of Woman and Children’s Care Practitioner in Zhangjiang Hygiene School, and practiced 4 years as a midwife. After this, I attended Zhongshan Medical University and became a medical doctor, then practiced another four years as an obstetrician in China.

After I immigrated to Canada, through an International Medical Doctor's Transition Program, I learned about midwifery in Ontario. I was excited about women having the choice to give birth at home and at hospital. After graduating from the International Midwifery Pre-registration Program (IMPP) in Ryerson University in 2008, I practiced in Ottawa and downtown Toronto for 2 years. In December 2011, I joined Family Care Midwives. I speak both Mandarin and Cantonese.

I love being a midwife and look forward to being a part of your health care team and sharing in one of the most significant experiences in your life, when your baby first arrives in this world.

Roya Mirmohammadi

I graduated in 1991 from Jondishapour University in Ahvaz, Iran, with a Bachelor of Science in Midwifery degree and worked more than 15 years in various departments related to woman’s health. I came to Canada in 2003 and then went through the International Midwifery Pre-Registration Program at Ryerson University to become registered in Ontario.

In 2003 I joined a practice in York Region then moved to Family Care Midwives in 2010 when it became established. I enjoy being part of this community as I have been a resident of York Region since coming to Canada with my family. I speak both English and Farsi. I love being part of the team with Family Care Midwives and I look forward to being part of your special life experience.

Sara Klaiman

I graduated from the Ryerson Midwifery Program in 2011 with a Bachelor of Health Sciences in Midwifery. I am most passionate about empowering women to give birth in a safe and dignified way. Prior to becoming a midwife, I taught yoga and dance. I hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours degree in Dance from York University and a Certificate of Advanced Yoga Training from The Yoga Sanctuary in Toronto.

This background, including my experience of giving birth to twins, has given me a deep sense of appreciation and trust in the body's innate capacity to give birth. Furthermore, I love midwifery’s attention to post partum support, specifically breastfeeding, and as such, I have attained the status of an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant. I started with Family Care Midwives in 2014 and I look forward to being part of this very special time in your and your family's life. I speak English and some Hebrew.

Sharon Swift

I first learned about midwifery in 1998 when I was working toward my Women’s Studies & Psychology degree at York University. I then started volunteering with a young parent resource centre, where I worked as a labour coach supporting young, single mothers through pregnancy and birth. It was these early experiences that confirmed my passion for Midwifery. I then completed my Bachelor of Arts degree at York in 2000 and was accepted into the Midwifery Education Program at Ryerson, graduating with a Bachelor of Health Sciences in Midwifery in 2006. I started practicing in York Region right after graduation.

After being in an established clinic for 4 years, when an opportunity presented to open a new midwifery clinic in Vaughan, I jumped at the chance. I helped establish Family Care Midwives in 2010 and I’m excited to be a part of this diverse, multicultural community, where I am able to support women’s choices and play a role in helping families grow. For a few years, I also participated as a council member for the College of Midwives of Ontario (CMO), helping to maintain the high standards of the profession. As of Sept. 2014, I also became the head midwife for Mackenzie Health Hospital, where Family Care Midwives has become an integral part of the Maternity team. Participating in ways to grow the profession is so important to ensure that midwifery is accessible to all. I look forward to working with you and your family during this amazing journey.