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!


Martha de Boer (She/her)

Hi, my name is Martha de Boer (she/her). A bit about me is that I graduated as a Registered Nurse in 2010 and worked in a small rural hospital for four and a half years. After the birth of one of my four children at home with a midwife, I experienced firsthand what an amazing difference midwifery care can make, and I realized that I wanted to become a midwife! With much support from my husband and my four young children we have relocated from the northwest corner of Alberta to Toronto for me to be part of the Midwifery program at Ryerson University. In my spare time, I will usually be outdoors or sitting on the couch reading books to my kids. Thank you, I feel honored and privileged to learn from and support families through such a special, life changing process.



Sophie Bender Johnston (she/her)

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.


Eleanor Kwan

Hi there! My name is Eleanor (El or Elle for short) and I am in my final year of the Ryerson Midwifery Education Program. I will be working alongside Stella Capisciolto starting May 2021. Prior to becoming a midwifery student, I obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies and Anthropology at the University of Toronto. I am passionate about healthcare as a means of physical, emotional and spiritual wellness. When I’m not doing midwifery related things, you will probably find me enjoying the outdoors, listening to a podcast, reading non-fiction, or spending time with my community at my local church. I hope to one day be a registered midwife providing compassionate and competent care to clients and their families. For now, I strive to do this as a midwifery student! A big and sincere thank you for allowing me to learn from you

Stacey Lewis

Hello! My name is Stacy Lewis and I am thrilled to be at The Midwives Clinic for my final year of the Midwifery Education Program at Ryerson University. Thank you for letting me into your care. We students learn so much from our many teachers – particularly the clients who graciously contribute to our learning process.

I moved to Toronto in 2010 as a first generation settler and love this city. I grew up in California and also lived in NY, London and Utrecht. I hold a Masters in Museology, went to visual art school, and worked in art/museum education for 15 years.

My two children were born with Toronto midwives; my positive experiences as a midwifery client, alongside my passion for equity-seeking healthcare models propelled me into this field. I am humbled and grateful to all clients who include me in their experiences. Thank you.