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!

Katelyn Blascik

My name is Katelyn Blascik and I’m currently in my final year of the Midwifery Education Program at Ryerson University. This is my last clinical placement at The Midwives’ Clinic of East York Don Mills from May 2017 to April 2018. I will be working with Esther Willms. Most recently, I’ve been in clinical placement both in New Hazelton, BC and Parry Sound, ON practicing midwifery care in remote, northern communities. Having previously completed my junior midwifery placement in downtown Toronto.

Throughout my studies I’ve worked as a researcher, writer and tutor with the Faculty of Community Services at Ryerson University. I hold a previous degree from the University of Toronto. And have a background in community health working as an educator with organizations such as Planned Parenthood and the June Callwood Centre for pregnant teens. I am excited to be at The Midwives’ Clinic of East York Don Mills for my senior year. And grateful to be involved in your pregnancy, birth and postpartum care. 

Thank you for welcoming me into your family!


Shannon Jones

My name is Shannon Jones and I am a student in the Midwifery Education Program at Ryerson University. I am very excited to be spending my senior year learning from the clients and midwives of The Midwives’ Clinic of East York-Don Mills from May 2017 to April 2018.

I was born and raised in Clarksburg, Ontario (near Collingwood) and completed a degree in Outdoor Adventure Leadership at Laurentian University in 1998. I spent 15 years on the West Coast where my enthusiasm for midwifery was ignited with the birth of my 2 sons in 2001 and 2002. When my kids were small, I did volunteer doula and breastfeeding support work with the Military Family Resource Centre and Best Babies Prenatal Program in BC. We returned to Ontario in 2011 to be closer to family and with that support close by, I was thrilled to begin the Midwifery Education Program in 2012.

I continue to pursue outdoor activities year-round with my friends and family and we can be found hiking, camping, kayaking and snowshoeing whenever we get the chance. I also love to garden and have a special interest in nutrition and herbal medicine – I look for any opportunity to learn more! When I have a (rare) quiet moment to myself I can be found knitting or reading.

I am so looking forward to getting to know the generous clients and their families I will have the opportunity to support and learn from during my time here. Growing a family is such an important time and it is a great privilege for me to be a part of the journey. I will be working with Jennifer Gardiner.


Hillary Johnstone

Hillary JohnstoneI am excited to spend the next 4 months (Jan-April) at East York Don Mills for my first practicum of my midwifery program! I moved to Toronto from northern Alberta in Fall 2016 to start midwifery training after working as a registered nurse in urban and rural Alberta for 5 years. I hold a Bachelor of Nursing and a Bachelor of Kinesiology
from the University of Calgary. My nursing background is primarily in-hospital, working with children and newborns in areas ranging from trauma/general surgery to diabetes to adolescent mental health to neonatal intensive care. While nursing is still a joy of mine, I found my time with families was limited; I was drawn to midwifery because it further acknowledges the power of relationship in caring for pregnant clients, and strives to empower people to make their own, informed choices about their health. I also consider coming alongside pregnant individuals and being witness to birth to be one of the most holy, privileged spaces in this world.
Outside of midwifery I am an outdoor enthusiast who loves cross country skiing and rebuilding old bikes. I also love travelling, and have had the privilege of using my nursing in places such as Honduras, Haiti, and Mozambique. I am interested in global health development and hope to use both my nursing and midwifery training in a global health context, be that in Canada or elsewhere.


Marianne Orlikow

Marianne OrlikowMy name is Marianne Orlikow, I was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Having been fascinated by pregnancy and birth since a young age, I began considering midwifery as a career path in my final year of high school.

Prior to applying to the Midwifery Education Program, I studied International Development at the University of Winnipeg. I was accepted into the MEP at Ryerson University in 2016. I am looking forward to starting my first clinical placement at the Midwives Clinic of East York-Don Mills.

During my spare time, I enjoy running, pilates, and baking for friends and family. I will be working with Stella from January through April, and am thrilled to be able to learn from her and her clients. It is such a privilege to support families through pregnancy, birth and postpartum. For the next 4 months I’ll be following Mehran Bordbar and her clients. I am grateful for the opportunity to learn and grow over the coming months as a member of your care team.