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Each midwife at Sages-Femmes Renaissance Midwifery is registered with the College of Midwives of Ontario, our regulatory body. Our official title is Registered Midwife (RM). The conditions of our annual registration are: review of the number of births attended, re-certification of Neonatal Resuscitation Program, and re-certification in an emergency skills program. We all hold admitting privileges at St. Catharines General Hospital.

Krystie Alexander
My first degree is an Honours Bachelor of Music from Wilfred Laurier University. I worked as an opera singer for the Canadian Opera Company for 5 years. During this time, I become involved in the Midwifery Task Force of Ontario-the consumer arm to lobby for legislation of midwifery in Ontario. I provided labour support to women in the Toronto area.
I entered the Midwifery Education Program at Ryerson University in 1994-and during my training, I gave birth at home to my two children under the care of midwives. I graduated from the program with a Bachelor of Health Science in 1999 and moved to Welland with my family.

Mylene Shields
I became involved in midwifery care in the '80s when I gave birth to my four children at home under the care of midwives. Throughout this time, I did prenatal teaching and labour support for midwifery clients having home births in the Niagara Region prior to legislation. I volunteered with the College of Midwives of Ontario as a midwifery consumer, working towards legislation in Ontario. I did my training as a midwife at Ryerson University and graduated with a Bachelor of Health Science in 1998. Once our practice here in Welland was up and running, I continued my work with the College of Midwives of Ontario. The CMO is our governing body for the profession. On council, I served three terms as an elected board member, including 5 years as the President of the college. My work with council was completed in 2010 and although I miss being involved in the regulatory and legislative work of our profession, I am enjoying less travel and more family time.

Anne Woodhouse
I graduated from the Mack School of Nursing in 1974 (the 100th yr. of the school) and worked in Fort Francis and on Vancouver Island. I went to England and studied Midwifery. I graduated from the Dorset Area Midwifery School in England in 1980. Since then I have worked exclusively in Maternity care in Toronto & Niagara Falls. I was the Nurse Manager of the Labour and Delivery unit at SCGH from 1989-1993.
I also earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Health Studies at Brock University and had my midwifery recognized through the prior learning and education assessment with the college of Midwives of Ontario. I worked as a midwife for a year in Kitchener until I joined Mylene and Krystie in establishing Sages-Femmes Renaissance Midwifery in 1999. I live with my beautiful daughter in St. Catharines.

Annie Allard
I received my Bachelor of Science in Biology from Brock University in 1996, and then graduated from McMaster University's midwifery program in 2002. I currently live in Port Colborne with my son and our goats and chickens.

Kelly Stuart
In 1989 I graduated from the Mack School of Nursing in St.Catharines. I worked for two years as a Registered Nurse. By 1991 Midwifery in Ontario was legislated at last but the schooling was not yet in place. I decided to study in England. I graduated from Canterbury Christchurch College in 1993 as a registered midwife. My "couple of years" in England turned into thirteen. I came home in 2004 with more than I left with, namely a wonderful man and our two beautiful children. We live in Fonthill. Thanks to the International Pre Registration Program at Ryerson University, I can finally call myself a Canadian Midwife!

Jennifer McTaggart
I became interested in midwifery and joined the Midwifery Task Force of Ontario, a volunteer group in support of legislation. While earning my first degree at the University of Guelph, I was a doula and volunteered with the Guelph Midwives. In 1999 I was accepted into the midwifery education program at McMaster University. At the end of the first year, I gave birth to a daughter (attended by Renaissance Midwives) and was blessed with 16 beautiful days before she died in her sleep of SIDS. Over the course of the next year I worked part time at Renaissance Midwives before returning to Midwifery studies.

When I graduated (2003), my first year of practice was with Cambridge Midwives. Feeling the pull back to the Niagara region, I co-founded Midwives of East Erie where I worked for the next 2 years. Between 2005 and 2011 I had 2 more babies born at home with Renaissance Midwives. Now that my kids are in school it seems an ideal time to return to midwifery. My availability happily coincided with an invitation to join my friends here at Renaissance. I am glad to be back in midwifery and am grateful for the opportunity to work in this supportive and loving environment.

Daya Lye
I was the first catch of midwife Maggie Ramsey in British Columbia in 1979. I feel very blessed to have inherited a legacy of midwifery from her, from my mother, and from the many other courageous women who blazed the trail I now follow. Growing up knowing I was born at home on Salt Spring inspired my dream to become a midwife. I graduated from the Ryerson Midwifery Education Program in 2011, and also have an honours undergraduate degree in Women & Gender Studies and Political Science from the University of Toronto. I'm originally from Toronto, but now call Niagara my home, where I live with my husband and daughter.

Jenna Smith
Born in Grimsby, I went abroad and completed midwifery training through Newlife International School of Midwifery located in the Philippines. I started catching babies in 2006, and since then have acquired an Associate of Science Degree in Midwifery through the National College of Midwifery (Taos, NM), and a "Certified Professional Midwife" title through the North American Registry of Midwives. Serving the impoverished women and families in the Philippines, at such a significant time in life, had a profound effect on me. I moved home at the end of 2008 ready to learn about and impact women in my own culture. I then completed the International Midwifery Pre-registration Program at Ryerson to become a Registered Midwife here in Ontario, and spent the first couple years of practice with Midwifery Services of Lambton-Kent. I was involved with the Prenatal Educator committee there as well as on the Breastfeeding Council - I love being apart of everything that's going on! More recently, I have become a mother and have been on parental leave... but I can not wait to get back into caring for women through such a time in life and am excited it's close to home.

Brianna Timmers
Although I was born and raised in Lincoln, Ontario, I become involved a midwifery program in the Philippines through the National College of Midwifery in the States. The program involves two years of volunteer work in a birth-center, serving the impoverished women of Davao City. Upon completion in 2010, I was accredited the title 'Certified Professional Midwife'. Since then I have spent some time volunteering at a birth center in Haiti- catching babies and helping set up a program to train Haitian women to assist midwives at births. In 2013, I completed the International Midwifery Pre-Registration Program at Ryerson University. Now that I am a Registered Midwife in Ontario, I am pleased to be joining the Renaissance Midwives.

Stephanie Hanley
I grew up near Georgian Bay, Ontario, where my best friend's mom was a midwife and my idol. Before I entered the Midwifery Education Program (MEP), I moved to London, Ontario, and did the only thing that I knew for sure I wanted to do. I became a mom! From there, my love for midwifery grew, and soon after, I began to take the steps toward the second thing in life that was so important to me and was accepted into the MEP at Laurentian University. I am very grateful to have this opportunity to support women in their pregnancy, birth and in the weeks following birth and am very passionate about helping to create healthy beginnings, the benefits of which can last a lifetime. I now have 2 children and a supportive partner, who caught the second one in the comfort of our home. I am SO excited to be moving to the Niagara Peninsula with my family and joining the team at Sages-Femmes Renaissance Midwifery.

Sharon Dyck
Trained as a midwife in the Philippines, I made the decision to complete Ryerson's International Midwifery Pre-Registration Program after spending the year I returned home (2003) helping my 3 sisters as they delivered their babies. I appreciate having had a solid start in 2005 when beginning my career with an Ottawa based midwifery clinic. I have had the privilege of working with many wonderful midwives throughout my career and am pleased to be joining Renaissance Midwifery after a recent move to the Niagara Region. The tables have been turned a couple of times as my husband and I were the recipients of midwifery care for our two daughters. What a joy it was to receive the kind of care that I strive to provide to my clients. It is always a unique journey being with women throughout their pregnancies, labours, deliveries, and post- partum periods!

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