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Meet the Midwives

HC2edHeather Clinch, RM

I graduated from Birthwise Midwifery School in Maine, USA in 2005, after working with midwives in Maine, Alberta and the Philippines. After completing the Ontario International Midwifery Pre-Registration Program at Ryerson University, I registered as a midwife in Ontario in 2006.

My love of travel and learning led me to spend time at a mission hospital in Bangladesh, and at a high-risk maternity hospital in New Zealand where I completed a post-graduate certificate in high-risk midwifery. My education also includes an H.B.Sc. in Biology and Psychology from McMaster University. I enjoy teaching, and am an instructor for the AOM Emergency Skills Workshop and the Neonatal Resuscitation Program.

I previously provided midwifery care in Ontario in practices located in Palmerston and Orangeville. As local midwifery practices have wait lists, there was clearly a need for another midwifery practice in this area. The Ministry of Health and Long Term Care recognized this need and provided funding for Grand Valley Midwives to open in January 2013.

I was delighted to have midwives attend the home waterbirths of my daughter and son! I am a strong believer in informed choice and personal autonomy, and enjoy helping clients make the best choices for their families. I feel very privileged to be part of this profession, and to be able to support families through this special time in their lives. I look forward to meeting you!

LindsayLindsay Sanderson, RM

I am very honoured to be given the opportunity to provide midwifery care for women in the Grand Valley and surrounding areas.  I was born and raised in Orangeville and currently reside in Amaranth with my partner and four children.  I am deeply connected to my community and the towns surrounding Orangeville and am excited that I will be able to help expand midwifery services in the Grand Valley and surrounding area.

I graduated from the Midwifery Education Program in 2010 and currently work at Midwifery Care of Peel and Halton Hills.  My education also includes a B HSc from the University of Western Ontario.  I recently trained and have been certified as an OB surgical first assist.  This allows me to be directly with women during a planned or unexpected caesarean section.  I enjoy building healthy relationships with other health care providers and working with a team that always seeks to put women’s needs and wellbeing first.

My desire to become a midwife heightened after the birth of my first child.  It became more apparent that women, including myself, were seeking a model a of care that was individualized and unique to them.  My desire to empower women with knowledge and choice led me into this profession that sometimes doesn’t even feel like a ‘job’.  It is deeply satisfying to meet and care for women and their families, and be a part of their journey into parenthood.

Naomi Scott, RM

I recently graduated from the Midwifery Education Program at McMaster University and am excited to be joining Grand Valley Midwives! During the program, I had the opportunity to work with a variety of health care professionals from communities across Ottawa, Hamilton, Kitchener and Guelph. I grew up in Fergus and am happy to be returning home to provide care for families around this region.

Prior to midwifery, I completed an H.B.Sc. in the Life Sciences program at McMaster with a focus on statistics and psychology. I was drawn to the profession of midwifery as there are elements of both a research based and client centered approach, allowing for informed decision making to take place. I look forward to meeting you and being a part of your care!

 

 

Michele Tuck, RM

I recently graduated from the McMaster Midwifery Education Program and I am delighted to be joining the team at Grand Valley Midwives. Prior to completing my midwifery training, I earned a honours bachelor of science at the University of Waterloo. I am excited to join this community as I have always felt akin in more rural settings. I grew up in the countryside of Hamilton, in a small town called Millgrove.  Next door to my family home was an Organic Vegetable Farm, where I worked for 13 summers; the long hours, physical labour and being surrounded by nature helped form the person I am today. I have a deep love for community, connection and team building. I also enjoy being active and bring lots of positive energy to my midwifery care.  Do not be surprised if you see me during my time off going on a run through town. I feel strongly connected with the midwifery profession as I am passionate about empowering individuals to help them maintain their autonomy over their health care, during such a vulnerable yet exciting time in one’s life. I am looking forward to meeting you and your growing family.