Meet Our Team
Hayley Ross, B.HSc. Hons, R.M.Associate
Yuefang Liu, B.HSc. R.M.Associate
Esther Baah-Frimpong, B.HSc. R.M.Associate
Rebecca Thompson, B.HSc. R.M.Associate
Jackie Droogers, B.HSc. R.M.Associate
Karen Ross, B.HSc. R.M.Associate
Leanne McInall, B.HSc. R.M.Associate
Alison Bekendam, B.HSc. R.M.Associate
Christine Geiger, B.HSc. R.M.Associate
Jessica Raison, B.HSc. R.M.Associate
Loraina Birch, B.HSc. R.M.Associate
Theressa Grech, B.HSc. R.M.Associate
Sara Olson, B.HSc. R.M.Associate
Jessica Riley, B.HSc. R.M.Associate
Monica Toth, B.A PMPPractice Administrator
Cathy LynchAdministrative Assistant
Kate Taylor R.N.Second Attendant
Kathi Wilson & Heather StruckettFounders of the Practice
Hayley Ross, B.HSc. Hons, R.M.
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 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.
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 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.
Karen Ross, B.HSc. R.M.
Karen was educated as a midwife in Edinburgh, Scotland and graduated in 1997. For over 10 years, Karen worked in both a small district general hospital and in the community in the Scottish Borders. Karen was midwife member of the Scottish Borders Forum on Domestic Abuse and a member of the Scottish Health Network on Domestic Abuse. As such, she was responsible for organizing training for midwives on domestic abuse and completed maternity unit guidelines on the subject.
In 2008, Karen’s husband retired from the Scottish Police Force and so they moved to London, Ontario – a city they have been visiting almost every year since the 1980s. Having realized that midwifery is not something you can leave very easily, Karen decided to return to the profession and so, in September of 2011, she enrolled in the International Midwifery Pre-registration Program at Ryerson University in Toronto. In 2016, she became a “Gran” to a wonderful grandson back in Scotland!
Karen is looking forward to meeting you & your family!
Leanne McInall, B.HSc. R.M.
Leanne enjoys meeting families at such an important and exciting time in their lives. Every client she meets has her own story and her pregnancy and birth are unique. This is what makes the job so rewarding! Leanne graduated from the Midwifery Education Program (MEP) with honours in 2012 from McMaster University. She also completed a degree in Psychology and a post grad in Human Resources. She enjoyed attending births as a doula before she returned to school for midwifery.
Alison Bekendam, B.HSc. R.M.
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 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 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 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 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 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.
Jessica Riley, B.HSc. R.M.
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.
Monica Toth, B.A PMP
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 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 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 & 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!