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.
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’.
I am thrilled to work in the West Niagara area and with the Lincoln Community Midwives! I am eager and honoured to work with women and their families in this community. I grew up on my family farm in Vineland, Ontario and now reside in St. Catharines with my husband and two children, ages 9 and 7.
I completed my first degree in Classical Languages at Brock University in 2008. Before starting Midwifery at McMaster, I worked for almost a decade at a maternity home in Niagara Falls with teenage women who were homeless and pregnant or taking care of their young babies. I greatly enjoyed my time at school and my time spent working, and I hope to bring some of the experience from those parts of my life to my role as a Registered Midwife.
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!
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.
I am pleased to use my work energy with the Lincoln Community Midwives and in an area with great character, charm and community support. I graduated from the McMaster University Midwifery Program in 2015 and after my first year working in Hamilton, returned to work in the West Niagara Region I call home.
As a practicing midwife and consumer of the care- I truly value informed choice discussions and the philosophy that most of the time, birth is a normal, healthy, low risk experience. This community also provides me with wonderful opportunities to provide women and families with an interdisciplinary care model that provides holistic and thoughtful care.
When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my family. We like to travel, explore new things and enjoy the outdoors. When we aren’t doing that as a family, I enjoy reading and cooking.
** Laina joined the Orange Team in Spring 2018
I am so happy to be joining the Lincoln Community Midwives as a New Registrant. I recently graduated from the McMaster Midwifery Education Program. I have had the opportunity to train in the Niagara region with the Lincoln Community Midwives and the Niagara Midwives. 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 supporting women on their extraordinary day. I was born at West Lincoln Memorial Hospital, and feel very privileged to be a midwife in a community that is very dear to my heart.
In my spare time you’ll find me spending time with my family, cooking, travelling, and exploring the beautiful Niagara wine country.