Our Students

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!


Stephanie Lavoie

My name is Stephanie Lavoie, I am a midwifery student in the final year of the Midwifery Education Program at Ryerson University. I will be working alongside Christie Lockhart beginning on July 6th, 2020. My interest in midwifery stems from my experience as a client at this clinic ten years ago! After the birth of my first son, Daniel, I became a DONA International certified doula. After having two more kids, Benjamin and Sophie, I applied to midwifery school. Midwifery is a new path for me. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance from the University of Toronto and an Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould School, Royal Conservatory of Music. I freelanced as a musician in Toronto, Hamilton, and Niagara prior to having my own kids. Caring for families during pregnancy and the postpartum period is fulfilling in so many ways. I am grateful to have found this path! Thank you to all the families who will include me as part of their care team. I look forward to meeting you,  Stephanie (She, her)


Francine Maitland

Hello, my name is Francine Maitland and I am a midwifery student at Ryerson University. I will be working with Katie O’Brien and Mehran Bordbar starting July 2020. I am grateful for the generosity of the patients who graciously allow me to be part of their care. Hands-on experience is such an important part of learning in the midwifery profession, many thanks for joining me on this part in my journey!
A little bit about me… I was born into the hands of midwives in my home country of Holland and then was moved to Canada as an infant. I grew up in a Dutch speaking household in Toronto with expatriate parents who have subsequently returned to the Netherlands. I have two girls, both of whom are in University and I feel lucky to have had my time at home with them but also to have my freedom now to be fully engaged in my midwifery education. I grew up in Toronto, went to Western University in London Ontario and then worked and lived in New York City for 15 years. While living in New York, I volunteered for eight years for a rural Ambulance Corps (both driving the ambulance and working in the “back of the bus” taking care of patients). It was there that I delivered my first baby….


Sophie Bender Johnston

Hello, my name is Sophie Bender Johnston (she/her) and I am a senior student in the Ryerson Midwifery Education Program. I am an Anishinaabe-kwe from the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation, which is a few hours north of Toronto on Georgian Bay. I am very excited to be joining The Midwives’ Clinic of East York – Don Mills for my final year in the program!

Before coming to midwifery, I earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Indigenous Studies at the University of British Columbia. I also worked as a research associate in a consulting firm specializing in Indigenous health and cultural safety, as well as a birth doula with the ekwi7tl doula collective based in Vancouver.

Boozhoo, Ookishkimaanisii nidiznikaas, waabizheyshkii nidoodem, Neyaashiiningmiing nidonjibaa, niiwiigaatiniwekwew.