Meet the Team

Meet Our Team

Hayley Ross, B.HSc. Hons, R.M.

Hayley Ross, B.HSc. Hons, R.M.

Associate

Hayley joined the Thames Valley Midwives team in 2009. She grew up near Liverpool in England and began her midwifery degree in 2004. While working as a midwife in the U.K, she worked with women from many different cultural milieus and gained extensive experience in both low and high risk pregnancy and birth. Her work extended to a small community based clinic where she worked with South Asian and African women living in poverty and homelessness.

Over the years, Hayley has become very experienced in lactation education with an avid interest in holistic pregnancy, labour and postpartum care. In the winter of 2017, Hayley & her husband welcomed their beautiful son into the world, supported by her colleagues from beginning to end.

She is passionate about promoting a healthy pregnancy & she thoroughly looks forward to meeting you and your family!

Yuefang Liu, B.HSc. R.M.

Yuefang Liu, B.HSc. R.M.

Associate

Yuefang was very excited to join Thames Valley Midwives in 2015.

She completed the International Midwifery Pre-registration Program at Ryerson University in 2009. Yuefang then worked with the Midwives of Grey Bruce in Owen Sound and Diversity Midwives in Toronto.  Having the opportunity of working in both rural and urban practices provided her with valuable experience.

Yuefang is an immigrant from China obtaining her University Medical Degree in 1998. Following this, she worked for six years as an Obstetrics and Gynaecology Doctor before coming to Canada to pursue a career in Midwifery.

She has a young daughter and son who were both born with the support of Midwives. She thinks it is a privilege to care for childbearing women and finds the process of pregnancy and childbirth amazing. “Thank you for inviting me to be a part of this process and to share your joy as you welcome a new family member. I look forward to meeting you!”

Esther Baah-Frimpong, B.HSc. R.M.

Esther Baah-Frimpong, B.HSc. R.M.

Associate

Originally from Ghana, Esther moved to England in 1998 as a student nurse. After graduating in 2001, she worked as a Registered Nurse in an acute respiratory unit at The Hillingdon Hospital in the County of Middlesex. During that period, she developed a strong desire to become a Midwife after her own birthing experiences of her three beautiful children. In March 2003, she embarked upon her Midwifery education at Thames Valley University in London, England. Upon obtaining her Bsc(Hons) Midwifery in August 2004, she enjoyed practicing Midwifery in the diverse community of Hillingdon in England, caring for both high and low risk women and their families for 8 years.

In September 2012, Esther moved to Canada to pursue the International Midwifery Pre-registration Program, during which she obtained a placement at Thames Valley Midwives. Esther has worked with us ever since.

“It has truly been a blessing to be part of this amazing team and I look forward to being part of your special journey.”

Rebecca Thompson, B.HSc. R.M.

Rebecca Thompson, B.HSc. R.M.

Associate

Rebecca joined Thames Valley Midwives in 2015.  She graduated from McMaster University’s Midwifery Education Program and during that experience, she completed placements in Guelph, Haliburton-Bancroft, Alliston, Stratford, Cambridge and Hamilton.

Rebecca decided to pursue Midwifery as a way of promoting a holistic model of health.  She looks forward to being a guide in helping clients and their families navigate through the development of personalized care.

Jackie Droogers, B.HSc. R.M.

Jackie Droogers, B.HSc. R.M.

Associate
Jackie joined the Thames Valley Midwives team in 2008.
Originally from the Oxford County area, Jackie moved to England in 2001 to obtain her midwifery qualification at the Nottingham University. Follow her training she remained in the UK for another three and a half years, providing midwifery care for low and high risk women and their babies at a busy Tertiary Care Birth Unit. Prior to commencing her career in London, ON, she spent three months volunteering at a rural maternity hospital in D.R. Congo.
In April of 2008, Jackie completed the International midwifery Pre-registration Program through Ryerson University in Toronto. As part of the course requirement, she worked for three months with a midwifery practice based in Guelph.
Jackie has cared for many women and newborn babies in a wide variety of settings with a wide range of needs. She enjoys attending both home and hospital births. She is passionate about supporting women and their families throughout their journey from pregnancy into parenthood.
Jackie had the privilege of experiencing midwifery care as a client during her own two pregnancies and fabulous home births in 2013 and 2015. She is currently on a short career break and is looking forward to returning to work in the fall of 2019. In the meantime, she is offering prenatal and childbirth education classes through Belly Love Pregnancy and Childbirth Education here at Thames Valley Midwives.
Alison Bekendam, B.HSc. R.M.

Alison Bekendam, B.HSc. R.M.

Associate

Alison is delighted to join Thames Valley Midwives in November 2016.

Alison graduated from the McMaster Midwifery Education Program in 2015 and started working in Hamilton. She developed a passion for working with low resourced clients and has a special interest in improving access to midwifery care for teenage women and their families.

Prior to pursing midwifery, Alison obtained a degree in biology and worked for environmental groups across Canada and in Cambodia. She has since settled down in her husband’s home town of London and welcomed a son in February 2018.

Christine Geiger, B.HSc. R.M.

Christine Geiger, B.HSc. R.M.

Associate

Christine is graduate of the Midwifery Education Program from Laurentian University and joined Thames Valley Midwives in September 2016. She previously worked with Midwifery Care of Peel and Halton Hills – Brampton for a year post graduation.

Christine grew up in a small town north of London and is excited to be returning close to home. Before completing her degree in Midwifery, Christine graduated from McMaster University with a Bachelor of Arts in Medical and Cultural Anthropology. During that time, her passion to become a midwife grew when she travelled to Malawi to volunteer with midwives. Before entering the program she worked as an English teacher in Busan, South Korea. Christine has always had a passion for women and children’s health and is honoured to support the women and families of London and the surrounding area.

Christine and her husband welcomed the birth of their daughter in November 2017.

Jessica Raison, B.HSc. R.M.

Jessica Raison, B.HSc. R.M.

Associate

Jessica was thrilled to be joining Thames Valley Midwives in December 2016.

Jessica is a graduate of the Midwifery Education Program at McMaster University. She completed midwifery, nursing and obstetric placements throughout Hamilton, Brockville and Woodstock. She enjoys the mix of urban and rural practice.

Jessica has spent the better part of six years furthering her education in Hamilton. Prior to midwifery, she studied Biology at McMaster University. Jessica is excited to explore a new city and provide individualized care throughout pregnancy, labour, birth and the postpartum period. She looks forward to meeting new clients and their families!

Loraina Birch, B.HSc. R.M.

Loraina Birch, B.HSc. R.M.

Associate

Loraina is a graduate of the Midwifery Education Program at McMaster University, and was delighted to be joining Thames Valley Midwives in September of 2017.

Loraina grew up in nearby Perth County and is very happy to now be making a home in London. Before becoming a midwife, she completed a degree in music in Toronto. Her path to midwifery began while supporting a close friend through a difficult pregnancy. Realizing she wanted to serve families during the transformations of pregnancy and birth, she worked first as a doula, volunteering with local women in need of labour support, then completed her degree in midwifery. She is excited for the opportunity to provide care to people in the London area and looks forward to meeting you!

Loraina is currently on parental leave and will return in 2020.

Theressa Grech, B.HSc. R.M.

Theressa Grech, B.HSc. R.M.

Associate

Theressa is excited to join the Thames Valley Midwives Team in November 2017.

Theressa grew up in Brampton, Ontario. She moved to Malta, Europe where she completed her midwifery training and earned a B.Sc. with Honours in Midwifery at the University of Malta in 2007. After working several years in Malta, Theressa moved to Leicester, England where she gained further experience working with women of many different cultures in both low and high risk settings.

In 2016, Theressa returned home to Canada and completed the International Midwifery Pre-registration Program through Ryerson University; completing course requirements of a three month work placement with a practice in Guelph. She looks forward to meeting and supporting new clients, and their families, as they navigate through pregnancy, birth and parenthood.

Sara Olson, B.HSc. R.M.

Sara Olson, B.HSc. R.M.

Associate

Sara was excited to be joining the Thames Valley Midwives team in January 2018.

She grew up in London and received an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Western Ontario in 2011. She then moved to Hamilton to pursue midwifery, and graduated in 2015. Upon graduation, she moved to Windsor and began practicing midwifery there. She has always hoped to move back home to London, and is excited to be back and doing the job she loves! She feels privileged to be a part of this journey with women and their families, and looks forward to meeting you soon!

When she’s not busy with midwifery, Sara loves spending time with her two papillon dogs. She also enjoys being with her friends and family, cooking, reading, and being crafty.

Sara is currently on parental leave, and will be returning in 2020.

Jessica Riley, B.HSc. R.M.

Jessica Riley, B.HSc. R.M.

Associate

In 2017, Jessica had her final Clerkship placement at Thames Valley Midwives and was excited to continue working at our practice upon completion of her bilingual degree in 2018 from Laurentian University. She was born and raised in Kitchener-Waterloo.

Jessica grew up with a passion for caring for others and decided to become a midwife to provide compassionate care for families during a monumental time in their lives. She also had a passion for languages and pursued French courses throughout school and officially completed her midwifery degree in French.

During Jessica’s time in the Midwifery Education Program, she completed placements in Kitchener-Waterloo, London and Guelph. She looks forward to meeting and working with the diverse population of families in London and surrounding areas.

Dominique Guerin B.HSc. R.M.

Dominique Guerin B.HSc. R.M.

Associate
Dominique is excited to start at Thames Valley Midwives in July 2019.
Originally from Sudbury, Ontario, she completed her Midwifery degree in the French stream at Laurentian University in 2018. She then began her career at Markham-Stouffville Midwives, where she had the opportunity to work in Canada’s first Alongside Midwifery Unit.
During her free time, Dominique loves exploring new cafés (for the best cup of coffee!), reading books, travelling and spending time with family.
She looks forward to meeting you and having the privilege of supporting you throughout this special time in your life.
Jenni Sullivan B.HSc. R.M.

Jenni Sullivan B.HSc. R.M.

Associate

Jenni graduated from the Midwifery Education Program at McMaster University in 2019 after completing her senior year at Thames Valley Midwives. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to continue to work with the wonderful midwives and clients at Thames Valley!

Prior to entering the midwifery program, Jenni graduated from Western University with a BA in Philosophy. She then had the opportunity to volunteer as a peer mentor with young parents through the early year’s centre at Childreach. Jenni found it was a great privilege to witness the strength of young mothers in her community and participate with them as they developed and realized their goals for their families. This experience, as well as her experience with midwifery care with her four children led her to an interest in midwifery as a career.

In her free time Jenni enjoys long distance running, crocheting, baking, playing the guitar and singing. Jenni greatly looks forward to participating in your care and helping you to realize your goals for your growing family.

Monica Toth, B.A PMP

Monica Toth, B.A PMP

Practice Administrator

Joining Thames Valley Midwives in July of 2006 as Practice Administrator, Monica brings with her years of administrative and project management experience.

Monica manages our office and oversees the daily operations of the practice. She lives in London with her husband and daughter Hannah, who was delivered by Thames Valley Midwives.

Cathy Lynch

Cathy Lynch

Administrative Assistant

Cathy began working at Thames Valley Midwives in 2011 as our Office Assistant. You will find her at our front desk on your arrival & she will help you throughout your pregnancy in directing your questions or booking your appointments! She looks forward to meeting you!

Kate Taylor R.N.

Kate Taylor R.N.

Second Attendant

Kate brings a wealth of knowledge as an experienced labour and delivery nurse working at London Health Sciences Centre after she graduated the Fanshawe College Nursing Program in 2003.

She currently provides nursing care in all areas of obstetrics and has special training in neonatal bereavement, high-risk and operative skill development, family-centered birthing practice, breastfeeding advocacy and education. Kate is also an active member of several committees and councils which serve to improve the quality of care accessed by families in Southwestern Ontario.  She is an active voice for women, working to ensure the needs and desires of each family are heard and supported by the multi-disciplinary team at the hospital.

Kate has demonstrated a passion for autonomy-centered empowerment and advocacy in her practice.  She believes strongly in the power of the birth experience and the importance it brings to each individual.  She is extremely happy to be a companion member of midwifery groups in the community, with whom she has worked closely as a second attendant providing supportive care within the hospital and home settings.

As a second attendant, you may not get the pleasure of meeting Kate until your baby is almost ready to be born. She will bring a warm glow of energy to guide you and your family through the birthing process.

Kathi Wilson & Heather Struckett

Kathi Wilson & Heather Struckett

Founders of the Practice

Kathi & Heather are the founding partners of Thames Valley Midwives established in 1997.

  

Kathi graduated in 1996 as part of the first class to complete the Ontario Midwifery education program after serving with the Ontario midwifery Task Force, which worked toward legislation of midwifery during the 1980’s and 1990’s. She had been attending births since 1983. During Kathi’s career, she served on the board of the Association of Ontario Midwives, was an associate member of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada and represented midwifery on several SOGC committees. For many years, Kathi was also the Chief of the City-Wide Department of midwifery for St. Joseph’s Hospital and London Health Sciences Centre.

Kathi continues to share a wealth of knowledge to our future generation of midwives as an assistant professor in the Midwifery Education Program at McMaster University. Her retirement from practising Midwifery in the flesh has allowed her more time to focus on her beautiful Grandchildren, her passion for cooking & traveling as well as dedicating more time to the students of midwifery.

Heather embarked on her journey as a midwife in 1997 becoming a founding partner of Thames Valley Midwives after graduating from the Midwifery Education Programme at McMaster University.

Prior to the legislation of midwifery, Heather was quite active in the midwifery Task Force of Ontario and London Home Birth Group. Heather over the years took a special interest in postpartum depression including hard work with the LifeSpin Program and MotherRisk. Following her retirement, Heather now enjoys spending time with her gorgeous Grandchildren, trips to Florida & folk dancing!!

Our practice wouldn’t exist without these two wonderful women, and we are forever thankful!