Our Midwives & Staff
Experienced. Educated. Supportive.
St. Jacobs midwives and staff are here to support you through every stage of your pregnancy, birth, and first weeks of parenthood.
Although a native of the Kitchener area, Lana Becker did her midwifery training in Texas, completing internships in Texas and Ohio. Coming back to Ontario, she completed Ryerson University’s International Midwifery Pre-registration Program before becoming registered in 2006.
Lana worked for her first four years as a midwife in Brantford, Ontario, but has been happily serving the women of her home community since 2010.
Following graduation from the Midwifery Education program at McMaster University, Jennifer began her midwifery career in London.
During her first degree in Kinesiology, she was constantly amazed at the capability of the human body, especially during pregnancy and birth. Her strong passion for women’s health and her belief that birth is a natural, healthy event led her to pursue a degree in Midwifery. Jennifer completed her masters degree in Public Health at the University of Waterloo. She is also an Emergency Skills instructor for midwives and paramedics and sits on various committees at Grand River Hospital.
Jennifer is glad to be back in her home community working with women and their families to help create a positive birth experience.
Julie Corey completed her BHSc in Midwifery at Ryerson Polytechnic University in 1997, came to St. Jacobs Midwives and never left!
In addition to clinical practice, Julie has worked for the Midwifery Education Program and Association of Ontario Midwives as presenter, instructor and curriculum developer, and completed her MHSc in Bioethics in 2008. Julie is currently serving as Midwifery Division Head at Grand River Hospital.
When Julie is not working she can be found in the garden, playing music or spending time with family. She is honoured to be serving the childbearing families of this region.
Stephanie graduated from the Midwifery Education Program at Laurentian University in 2008. She is from the KW area and spent the first two years of her midwifery career practicing in Cambridge.
Stephanie fell in love with the art and science of midwifery while observing midwifery care as the norm while living in the Netherlands, as well as witnessing the birth of her sisters’ children with St. Jacobs Midwives. With a love for adventure and travel, Stephanie has enjoyed teaching English in China prior to becoming a midwife, as well as traveling in Nepal and volunteering as a midwife in a Nepali hospital.
Stephanie is currently working on a Masters of Health Science Education degree from McMaster University. In her spare time Stephanie volunteers for Hospice of Waterloo Region. Stephanie is thrilled to be practicing in the St. Jacobs area and is honored to provide professional and personalized care to the women and families of our community.
Pooja Kurban is a graduate of the Laurentian University Midwifery Education Program. Prior to midwifery training, she studied Economics at McMaster University in Hamilton.
She was born and raised in Brampton, and is very excited to make Waterloo region her home. Pooja’s clinical placements have for the most part been in the Kitchener-Waterloo area and Northern Ontario. She has volunteered in maternity and sexual health clinics in both Guyana and India.
Pooja looks forward to providing her clients and their families with the information and midwifery care that will help to create a positive birth experience.
Jessica is a Hamilton native and graduate of the McMaster Midwifery Education Program. She comes to us from a bustling urban, full-scope practice in the GTA. Jessica launched into her midwifery journey as a student with the St. Jacobs Midwives and she is thrilled to return to the community where her career began.
Pregnancy and birth have always been a fascinating subject to Jessica. Her passion for women’s health was realized during her prior studies at McMaster University. Jessica is astounded again and again at the power of women and the natural process of birth.
When not practising as a midwife, Jessica is immersed in life with her family and friends. She feels privileged to be part of such a monumental time in a family’s life.
Janessa has been fascinated with pregnancy, birth and infant life since she was a child and always dreamt of becoming a midwife. She completed the Midwifery Education Program at McMaster University and has been part of the team at St Jacobs Midwives since 2008.
She considers it a privilege watching women turn into mothers and families grow, and an honour to be invited into this experience. Janessa works with families at both our St. Jacobs and New Hamburg locations.
When not busy being a midwife Janessa likes to make and eat delicious food, watch television shows, and wander around the neighbourhood with her husband and loveable dog, Derek.
Nicole has been providing care at St. Jacobs Midwives since 1998 after graduating from the McMaster University Midwifery Education Programme (Bachelor of Health Science degree in Midwifery). She is also an alumnus of the University of Waterloo (Honours BA in Psychology, with studies concentrated on the area of Sexuality, Marriage and the Family).
More recently Nicole did graduate studies in Public Health. Nicole is an active clinical preceptor and the former Head Midwife at Grand River Hospital. She has been involved on various committees in the hospital, community and the Provincial Council for Maternal & Child Health.
Nicole’s proudest accomplishments are her two busy children, both born at home into the hands of a St. Jacobs midwife!
Gaby’s first degree is from the University of Waterloo in Health Studies. It was during her time at UW that she discovered midwifery and pursued it all the way to Laurentian University where she completed the Midwifery Education Program. She returned home to the region and joined St. Jacobs Midwives in 2006.
Gaby is an Emergency Skills Instructor and has served on various provincial and hospital committees. She has a passion for promoting excellence in clinical care. She has also served as an Expert Opinion for the College of Midwives of Ontario.
Gaby has worked and travelled around the world including Europe, Southeast Asia, Africa and Central America. In her free time she can be found cooking, biking and daydreaming about her next trip.
Maggie Seegmiller graduated with honours from the midwifery program at Ryerson University. Prior to becoming a midwife, she worked in Toronto for many years as a Registered Massage Therapist, focusing the majority of her professional learning on women’s health and pregnancy.
She was inspired to pursue midwifery as a career following the birth of her son, and the extraordinary care she received as a client of midwives. Born and raised in Waterloo Region, Maggie is delighted to have the opportunity to return with her family. She is looking forward to working with the women and families of her home community.
Our Office Staff
Andrea Horst has been our office administrator since 1994. She will most likely be your first contact with our practice. She will be happy to answer your questions or direct your inquiries appropriately. Andrea manages all aspects of our office including registering new clients.
Andrea has been a midwifery consumer and advocate since the 1980’s. She was excited to be part of the movement that brought legislation forward, making Ontario the first province to recognize midwifery as a Regulated Health Profession.
In her spare time, she enjoys cycling, reading, cooking and spending time with family.
Aimee joined St. Jacobs Midwives in 2016 as Receptionist / Administrative Assistant. She comes with over 17 years office experience and is excited to be part of the St. Jacobs team. Aimee and her husband live in Elmira and are the proud parents of two children.
Kristen is very excited for the opportunity to work at St. Jacobs Midwives assisting in the office. When not working, she loves to workout and spend time with her dog. Kristen is currently studying nursing at Conestoga College.