TMC is a practice which supports students from the Midwifery Education Program and the International Midwifery Pre-Registration Program (IMPP). Our students come from McMaster University, Ryerson University, Laurentian University.
Depending on their level of study they may be with us for 1 month to 1 year. Our midwifery students are assigned to one midwife or a grouping of midwives and their clients. They learn their midwifery clinical skills by attending Michael Garron Hospital rounds, clinic, births and postpartum visits. These are our current students!
My name is Iuliana David, but you can call me Julia. Prior to starting the midwifery program at Ryerson, I completed my Industrial Engineering degree at the University of Toronto and my Masters degree in Linkoping University in Sweden. I have gained work experience in various positions including as a project manager for the Ministry of Education of the Ontario government, as well as a traffic safety consultant. I have always been involved with research on various subjects, including probiotics effectiveness on GBS colonization rates. While giving birth to my daughter with midwives, I discovered my passion for midwifery and decided to change career paths. I am grateful for this opportunity. I will be working with Jennifer Gardiner and Christie Lockhard and their clients. My placement will is from May 6th until March 2020.
My name is Alyssa Gagnon and I am a French-speaking Omushkego iskwêw (woman), a parent to two young children, an interdisciplinary artist, and currently a senior student in the Midwifery Education Program at Ryerson University based in Tkaronto. I have also completed a Bachelor’s degree in First Nations Studies from Western University. The lands of my ancestors span both sides of the James Bay, but I grew up on Taykwa Tagamou territory near Cochrane, Ontario.
During my time as a student midwife, I did placements at Seventh Generation Midwives Toronto and Neepeeshowan Midwives in Attawapiskat, Ontario and believe that providing trauma-informed and land-based care in the perinatal period can create monumental changes. I am passionate about seeking reproductive and environmental justice in communities where there is an absence of clean drinking water and, where the effects of historical traumas are pervasive. This is reflected in the intersections of my art practice and as a student midwife who believes that a crucial component of returning birth to Indigenous communities lies in the reclamation of language and traditional practices. I believe in the power of culturally appropriate care not only at the local level, but on a global level as well and am honoured to contribute to the growth of strong and healthy families.
I feel privileged to learn from the childbearing people who access care at, and the Midwives who practice at The Midwives’s Clinic of East York Don Mills. I am hopeful that the experiences I will gain from working in an urban practice will give me the tools I need to become a skilled care provider and ultimately shape who I become as a future Midwife who wants to work in rural and remote areas. I look forward to starting my final year working with Mehran Bordbar and Katie O’Brien’s clients. My placement is from May 6th, 2019 to March 2020.
Meegwetch (thank you)
Kandace Price Lyston
Hello! Sekoh! Wah gwaan!
My name is Kandace Price Lyston and I am currently pursuing a degree at Ryerson University in the Midwifery Education Program while working part time as a Birth Centre Aide at the Indigenous led Toronto Birth Centre. I identify as a non-binary, Queer, Two Spirit, sister, daughter, aunty, partner and artist. I was born in Brantford, Ontario Haldimand Treaty Territory and currently live, love and create in Tkaronto Dish One Spoon Territory. As a mixed race person I embody experiences rooted in my Jamaican, Mohawk First Nations and Polish ancestry. I see the value and dire need for culturally safe and culturally relevant maternity care for all, but especially for Indigenous communities across Turtle Island. In an effort to support the growth of strong, healthy families and in solidarity with the movement for respectful maternity care globally it has been a true honour to participate with families and mentors in this microcosm called birth work.
I gratefully accept the opportunity to learn more from the Midwives, birth workers, life carriers and wider birth community who access The Midwives’ Clinic of East York Don Mills. I am hopeful the experiences I will gain will positively impact and shape my career as a future Midwife. I anticipate sharing birth work and relationship building knowledges with future generations for decades to come. I will be working with Kirsten Taylor, Simone Rosenberg and Sophia Kelher from January 2 to May 31st.
Thank you, Nia:wen
My name is Linnea Rudachyk and I am a second year midwifery student at Ryerson University doing my placement at Midwives’ Clinic of East York Don Mills. I was born in northern Ontario and I have been living in the Yukon Territory for the past ten years. I have an undergraduate degree in Human Rights and Political Science, and a graduate degree in Education and Multidisciplinary Leadership. Prior to attending midwifery school I worked in rural HIV/HCV health promotion, women’s health research, and gender inclusive policy analysis. My interest in midwifery stems from my commitment to reproductive justice. Outside of midwifery I enjoy biking, skiing, yoga, paddling, cooking, harvesting wild edibles, and backcountry adventures in the Yukon.
I will be following Vanessa Dixon and Kristen Campbell from January 2nd to April 25th 2019. Thank you for allowing me to be involved in your care – I look forward to meeting you!