Our Midwives

Carrie Seguin, RM

I am so happy to be a midwife at the Lincoln Community Midwives. The Niagara Region has always been my home and I was happy to be able to return here following the completion of my midwifery degree at Laurentian University in 2004.

Both of my children, my daughter, Esmee, as well as my son, Beau, were born at home with the help of midwives, so I have had the privilege of being both a midwife and a client receiving midwifery care.

In my ‘spare time’, you will find me laughing with my family, practicing yoga and figuring out what to make for dinner. 

Rachel Pennings, RM

I have the best job in the world! And I am happy to be one of the midwives at Lincoln Community Midwives. I am not initially from the Niagara Region (I grew up in the little village of Iona, west of London), however, West Lincoln has become home to me and my family.

This is a great place to live and work in. I enjoy working with the obstetrical staff at WLMH and enjoy the small-town feel of a hospital, which at the same time provides great obstetrical services. I enjoy the sense of community when going about my daily life and seeing the families and children for whom I participated in their prenatal, labour/birth and postpartum care about ‘town’.

Brittany Orlando, RM

I graduated in 2014 and am thrilled to be a midwife in the community where I grew up. It’s an honour to deliver babies with some of the midwives who attended me when I was pregnant with my children. My first degree was in Classical Languages at Brock University, studying Greek and Latin. After having an amazing experience with midwives as a young mom, I went back to school when my kids were small and got a Bachelor of Midwifery from McMaster. 

I consider myself lucky to be able to have a career I love. I live in St. Catharines with my three children and husband. In my spare time I sew, work in my small orchard and play the banjo.

Taryn Spiegelberg, RM – Currently on maternity leave

For me, being a midwife is about empowering women and supporting families during a time of life’s biggest challenges and rewards. Working as a midwife in Niagara since 2009, I have learned so much about myself as a person and as a professional, and also about the strength of a close community.

My daughter Daniela was born at home in 2016, so I have had the privilege of being a consumer of midwifery care as well. I live in St. Catharines with my family, and enjoy having beautiful hiking trails and wine country practically in my backyard. In my spare time, you’ll find me out for a run, practicing yoga, or playing at the park with my daughter!

Pilar Chapman, RM

After completing my midwifery degree from Ryerson University (1999), my family and I moved to the Niagara region to develop midwifery services in this region. For the first decade of my career, I helped build the first midwifery practice in the region (Niagara Midwifery Practice).   In 2012, we were able to open the doors to Lincoln Community Midwives, which services primarily the region of West Niagara. It gives me great joy to reflect on the growth of midwifery in a place I now call home.

My other greatest accomplishments are my three sons, two of whom were brought into this world with the help of midwives.  Being on the receiving end of midwifery care taught me a great deal and solidified my commitment to the model of care we provide to our clients.

Jewell Kirkopoulos, RM

I have worked with the Lincoln Community Midwives since 2016. Since working as a student with LCM in 2013, I developed a love for the West Niagara region where we practice both urban and rural midwifery. Instilling power and confidence in expecting parents is one of my favourite parts of being a midwife. I love hosting the initial group appointment, home birth information nights and teaching midwifery students at all levels. 

I reside in West Niagara with my family and when I’m not working, I love travelling, reading and cheering on my kids at their various sporting events.

Laina Rasmussen, RM

I was born at West Lincoln Memorial Hospital, and feel very privileged to be a midwife in a community that is close to my heart. I completed my midwifery degree at McMaster University in 2018. Before midwifery, I graduated from Brock University with an Honours B.Sc. in Health Science. 

Midwifery is a unique balance of evidence-based care, preserving normalcy and empowering women to make informed choices in a safe, non-judgmental space. My passion lies in building relationships with clients and being with women and their families during these moments. My hope is that all women feel well-informed and supported in my care.

In my spare time you’ll find me laughing with my family, travelling, and being active.