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 Preregistration Program with a placement in Thunder Bay 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.
Currently, Jennifer is completing her masters degree in Public Health at the University of Waterloo. She is also an Emergency Skills instructor for both midwives and paramedics and she sits on the Perinatal Quality of Care Committee at Grand River Hospital.
Jennifer is glad to be back in her home community and working with St. Jacobs Midwives. She’s pleased to work with women and their families to help create a positive birth experience.
Julie Corey graduated from the Midwifery Education Program at Ryerson Polytechnic University in 1997 and came to St. Jacobs Midwives.
She became interested in midwifery in 1987 when she started providing volunteer labour support to single women. Julie completed a six month internship in El Paso, Texas, apprenticed with a community midwife for two years in Edmonton, Alberta and worked as a childbirth educator.
More recently, Julie has worked for the Midwifery Education Program and Association of Ontario Midwives as presenter, instructor and curriculum developer.
Michaela Danhousen comes to us as a graduate of the Laurentian Midwifery Education Program.
Prior to midwifery, she was a practicing massage therapist. It was through her pregnant clients that her interest in childbirth began. With a strong belief in the body’s abilities, she began her journey into midwifery.
Along the way, Michaela has volunteered with local organizations providing labour support, childbirth education and breastfeeding support. She is originally from Florida and has lived in Kitchener-Waterloo with her husband and children for over 15 years.
Michaela is excited to be working in her community and providing care to women and their families during this special time.
Stephanie Gingerich 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. In addition to practicing midwifery, Stephanie sits on the Insurance and Risk Management committee with the Association of Ontario Midwives.
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 volunteering as a midwife in a Nepali hospital. Stephanie loves practising in the St. Jacobs area and is honoured 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.
Chelsea is a graduate of the McMaster Midwifery Education Program. Prior to studying Midwifery, she completed a degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Calgary, where she was first introduced to midwifery. Since then, her passion for women’s health has lead her into a profession that she feels fortunate to call her career. During her midwifery training, she completed placements in Toronto, Hamilton, New Zealand, and St. Jacobs.
Originally from a small town on the outskirts of Calgary, Chelsea has enjoyed living in southern Ontario, and is pleased to call the Waterloo region home.
Chelsea is privileged to be a part of her clients’ pregnancy and birth experiences.
Janessa Otto began her midwifery career with the Niagara Midwives after graduating with honours from the Midwifery Education Program at Laurentian University.
She grew up in New Hamburg, ON and is very excited to be back in her home community to work with the St. Jacobs Midwives. While studying midwifery, she completed clinical placements in Kitchener, Welland, and St. Jacobs as well as Benin (West Africa).
Janessa feels very privileged to be invited into the birth experiences of her clients and their families.
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 RiverHospital. 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 Sabados joined the practice following her graduation with honours from the Midwifery Education Program at Laurentian University. Her first degree is in Health Studies from the University of Waterloo.
Gaby completed clinical placements in St. Jacobs, Ottawa and Scarborough during her training. She has worked and travelled in Africa, Southeast Asia, Europe and Central America but is pleased to return to her hometown to continue her midwifery career.
Andrea Horst is our practice administrator. 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 has been a member of our team since 1994.
Diane Reid assists in the office and acts as our bookkeeper. She also assists at our satellite office in Linwood.
Diane is the proud mom of two daughters. She has been working with St. Jacobs Midwives since 1998.
Kaitlin is in her third year studying Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo. She has been drawn to learning about the processes of pregnancy and birth through various courses she has taken so far in her degree. She hopes to pursue a career as a midwife in the future.
Kaitlin is thankful for the opportunity to help part time with the St. Jacobs Midwives and learn more about midwifery care in the St. Jacobs community!