About the Midwives
All midwives are registered with the College of Midwives of Ontario. The college is the regulatory body, which sets
professional standards and ensures quality of services.
Jane Erdman R.N., B.Sc., B.H.Sc., R.M.
Jane graduated from Conestoga College's nursing program in 1977. She brings with her 17 years experience as a critical care
nurse, specializing in cardiovascular nursing. Jane obtained a B.Sc. in Biology in 1989 followed by a B.H.Sc. in Midwifery
from Ryerson. She has been a preceptor for the Midwifery Education Programme since 1998.
Jane was drawn to midwifery by a desire to have more autonomy and responsibility in her professional life. Midwifery's focus
on non-authoritarian relationship, self-responsibility and its esteem for women meshes with her personal philosophy and
values. "After years of nursing, it is a pleasure to work with clients who are well and to focus on prevention of
Marie Hatherall, B.A.Sc., B.H.Sc., R.M.
Marie graduated with a B.A.Sc. in Child Studies from the University of Guelph in 1977. She has been passionately interested in
pregnancy and birth since her first child was born in 1980. Since that time, she has been involved in birth alternatives in
London, as a consumer, a trained childbirth educator and a doula. Marie worked as a Parent-Infant Therapist at C.P.R.I from
1989-1996. In 1999 she completed a B.H.Sc. in Midwifery from Ryerson.
Elizabeth Vander Heide, B.Sc., B.H.Sc., R.M.
Elizabeth graduated from McMaster University with a Bachelor of Health Science in Midwifery degree in 2005. Prior to that
Elizabeth had graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1998 from Calvin College. Elizabeth's desire to become a midwife
was driven by the midwifery philosophies of continuity of care, informed choice and choice of birthplace. It was important to
her that the women she cares for are receiving holistic care and being educated and given the opportunity to be the primary
decision makers for their care.
Binh Huynh, B.H.Sc., R.M.
Binh graduated with a Bachelor of Health Sciences Degree from the University of Western Ontario in 2001. She believes in a
wholistic approach to health care and the important role individuals have in defining and achieving wellness in their lives.
This led her to enroll in the Midwifery Program at Laurentian University. During her midwifery training, Binh has provided
individualized care to families in both Sudbury and London.
Prior to joining the team at Womancare, she enjoyed the challenges of rural practice as a midwife working in Eastern Ontario.
It is a joy for Binh to be once again working closely with the families in London---a community she considers home.
Carly Griffith, B.H.Sc., R.M.
Carly came upon midwifery at a young age and it has been her career path ever since. Ingrained with the strong principles of feminism and holistic health care from her family, midwifery seemed the perfect choice.
After a year of studying Humanities at McMaster University, with a focus on women's issues and languages, she began the midwifery program at McMaster. Throughout the program, Carly spent her clinical placements in urban and suburban communities throughout South-Western Ontario.
"There is nothing more gratifying to me than seeing a woman discover her strength after a birth, and every birth teaches me something new and amazing. I feel so lucky to work in this field."
Annette Rudel, B.A., B.H.Sc., R.M.
Annette is a graduate of the Ryerson Midwifery Education Program. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University
of Toronto with a major in Women's Studies. Her midwifery training brought her to London where she has had an opportunity to
work with a diverse group of women in both urban and rural settings. During her midwifery education, Annette focused some of
her learning on increasing her awareness of the history and culture of First Nations Peoples. Annette also has a particular
interest in substance abuse in pregnancy and in supporting breastfeeding for new mothers.
"I am excited to be working in a field that is founded on principles that promote humanity and equality. I believe that
pregnancy and birth are powerful, life-changing events for a woman and her family. The midwifery model of care supports women
in fulfilling their unique hopes and dreams on the path to motherhood. As midwives we strive to make this journey positive and
Aimee Fehlner, B.Sc., B.H.Sc., R.M.
Aimee graduated with her Bachelor of Health Science in Midwifery from McMaster University in 2007 and has worked as a midwife
in Toronto since graduation. During her student midwifery placements, she had clinical experiences in London, Ottawa Valley
and Toronto. Aimee also has a degree in Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo. She has experience working in
chiropractic and physiotherapy clinics as a Kinesiologist. She also spent several years in a community called L'Arche
supporting adults with developmental disabilities.
Leanne Lubberts, B.Sc. R.M.
Leanne completed her midwifery training at McMaster University in 2010, graduating with a Bachelor of Health Science in
Midwifery. Prior to becoming a midwife Leanne worked as a doula and childbirth educator while raising her own children. She
was drawn to the profession though her own experiences as both a midwifery consumer and advocate. Leanne was born in London,
and spent most of her childhood here, after a few moves around Ontario, she returned to the London area 7 years ago to raise
Frances Philpott, B.H.Sc., R.M.
Frances graduated from Midwifery at McMaster University in 2010 with a Bachelors degree in Health Science Midwifery. It has
been her dream to be a midwife since the age of 12. Frances grew up in Germany and just outside of Toronto in Richmond Hill.
Once in the midwifery program Frances experienced clinical placements in Hamilton, Toronto and Durham Region. Prior to
becoming a midwife Frances worked with children with autism. She is passionate about providing personalized, woman centered
care and simply being a witness such a transformative journey in a woman's life.
Jennifer Clare-McCutcheon, Honours B.H.Sc., R.M.
Jennifer graduated with a Bachelor of Health Sciences degree in Midwifery from McMaster University in 2011. Prior to attending McMaster, Jennifer enrolled in the University of Western Ontario where she completed a Bachelor of Health Sciences Degree with a Major in Rural Health, a French certificate and a certificate in Grief and Bereavement. During her midwifery training, she provided care to clients in both Hamilton and London.
Jennifer was drawn to midwifery with a desire to provide clients with informed choice and a more personalized approach to care.
Sarah Redfearn, Honours B.A (Criminology), R.M.
Sarah is a graduate of the Midwifery Education Program at Ryerson University. She also holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Windsor. Prior to becoming a midwife, Sarah worked providing support for victims of crime. Throughout her training she had wonderful clinical experiences in London, Stratford and a four-week placement with midwives in England.
Sarah feels privileged to be involved with women and their families throughout the process of pregnancy, childbirth and the initial weeks following birth. She was drawn to midwifery for some time but her desire to become a midwife and was strengthened after becoming a midwifery consumer myself. Growing up in London, Sarah is thrilled to have joined Womancare Midwives, the practice she was involved with as a midwifery consumer.
Diane Meronyk, Hons. B.A., B.H.Sc., R.M.
Diane was first drawn to midwifery while studying a Bachelor's degree in Arts and Science at McMaster University. Born and raised in Thunder Bay, she returned to the north to study at the Laurentian Midwifery Education Program in 2008. Having lived in several cities throughout the program, Diane could not be happier to call London her home after completing her final year of placement at Womancare. Her time in the program has fostered in her a deep trust in normal, spontaneous birth.
"I am ecstatic to provide support and care for women and their families at such a pivotal time in their lives."
Melissa Coubrough, Hons. B.A., M.A.,, B.H.Sc., R.M.
Melissa graduated with a Bachelor of Health Sciences in Midwifery from McMaster University in 2012. Prior to entering Midwifery, Melissa attended the University of Guelph, earning a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science, majoring in Molecular Biology and Genetics. During her midwifery training, Melissa trained in Hamilton, Woodstock and the Niagara region.
"I love Midwifery because it inspires and empowers women to be active participants throughout their pregnancy, labour and postpartum. It is such an honour and privilege to be involved in each client's journey to motherhood."
A note about our Founding Partner:
Elana Johnson, R.M. (Retired)
Elana was active as a midwife and educator for over 22 years. She graduated from the Michener Midwifery Programme. Elana
established a midwifery practice in London in 1985, which has grown into Womancare Midwives.
Elana's experiences included sitting on the Board of Directors of the Association of Ontario Midwives, serving as President of
the Association in both in 1987/88 and for the years 2004-2008. She is the past coordinator of the Canadian Confederation of
Midwives, and participated on committees such as the Interim Regulatory Council for Midwives, Transition Council of Midwives,
and College of Midwives. In addition Elana acted as Head Midwife for London Health Sciences Centre from 1996-2003.
She also designed curricula and taught education programs in Labour Support and Advocacy, Childbirth Preparation, and the
History of Midwifery in Ontario.
Her legacy lives on.
Wendy brings with her experience from many positions over the years in the field of social work, including working at Bethesda
Centre, Canadian Mental Health Association, and Rehabilitation Services of Canada. In addition she has worked for 10 years
with the Addiction Research Foundation in an administrative capacity, as well as Office Manager for the Drug and Alcohol
Registry of Treatment (DART) and the Ontario Problem Gambling Helpline. Wendy joined Womancare Midwives as the office
administrator in 2002. Wendy feels that she has learned a lot in this position and enjoys being surrounded by young clients
who are at a happy stage in their lives. "And I even get paid to hold babies! How good is that?"
Libby is pleased to join the staff at Womancare Midwives. She brings considerable experience to our clinic having worked as a nursing Unit Secretary for seventeen years at St. Joseph's Health Care (postpartum unit and the family birthing centre). She is the mother of five children and is happy to be part of this important event with our midwifery clients.
Kelly has an extensive customer service background and is a proud supporter of midwifery services. Kelly is a midwifery consumer herself and feels honoured to share in the birth journey of each client.