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.

Our Midwives

Alina Balzerson, RM, BA (Women’s Studies, Music), BHSc. (Midwifery) (Locum)

Alina Balzerson, RM, BA (Women’s Studies, Music), BHSc. (Midwifery) (Locum)

Alina Balzerson graduated with honours from the McMaster Midwifery Education Program in 2016. Since graduating, Alina has worked with midwifery practices in Orangeville and Cambridge and is excited to come back to St. Jacobs where she had been a student. Though raised on the prairies, she has called KW home for ten years since attending the University of Waterloo for her undergrad. Alina pursued midwifery after a Women’s Studies class where she was informed of the focus on woman-centred care and informed choice.

After work, Alina will be enjoying time with her own baby born in the summer of 2019, sewing quilts and baking. She is honoured to be apart of the care of pregnant people and families and looks forward to this time at St. Jacobs Midwives.

Lana Becker, RM (on leave until Jan. 1, 2021)

Lana Becker, RM (on leave until Jan. 1, 2021)

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.

Jennifer Boylan, RM, B. Kinesiology, BHSc (Midwifery), MPH (Public Health), Asst. Clinical Professor (Adjunct) with McMaster School of Medicine

Jennifer Boylan, RM, B. Kinesiology, BHSc (Midwifery), MPH (Public Health), Asst. Clinical Professor (Adjunct) with McMaster School of Medicine

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,  RM, BHSc, MHSc (Bioethics), Asst. Clinical Professor (Adjunct) with McMaster School of Medicine

Julie Corey, RM, BHSc, MHSc (Bioethics), Asst. Clinical Professor (Adjunct) with McMaster School of Medicine

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 previously served 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.

Sylviane (Mico) Devos, RM, BHSc (Midwifery) BAH (Health & Biology), Adjunct Professor Ryerson University (LOCUM)

Sylviane (Mico) Devos, RM, BHSc (Midwifery) BAH (Health & Biology), Adjunct Professor Ryerson University (LOCUM)

Mico is originally from Stratford but has been practicing midwifery in Kingston for the past decade.  While completing her undergraduate degree at Queen’s University she discovered a keen interest in maternal and newborn health. She decided to channel this passion into a vocation and completed her midwifery education at McMaster University.   She recently moved back to this part of the province and is thrilled to be filling a locum position at St. Jacobs Midwives.

Mico’s favorite part of midwifery is being able to witness how childbirth can be an empowering experience that carries on into parenthood.

When she’s not working as a midwife, Mico enjoys spending time outdoors and relaxing with her family.

Stephanie Gingerich, RM, BA (Religious Studies), BHSc (Hon. Midwifery), MSc (Health Science Education)

Stephanie Gingerich, RM, BA (Religious Studies), BHSc (Hon. Midwifery), MSc (Health Science Education)

Steph 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.

As a young adult, Steph witnessed the birth of her nieces and nephews through the care of St. Jacobs Midwives. She was drawn to the intimate and trusting relationship that was formed between the midwives and the families they cared for. She loved the way that midwives empowered their clients and supported them through the process of becoming parents. Steph finds the relationships made with families to be the most rewarding part of her work.

Steph stays active in the profession of midwifery in a variety of ways. She has previously worked with the professional association in the area of quality and risk management. She currently enjoys providing peer assessments through the College of Midwives Quality Assurance Program. In 2019 she completed a Masters in Health Science Education, studying best practices for how to promote quality education for learners in the medical field.

When she’s not working as a midwife, you can find Steph enjoying the outdoors, cuddling puppies, and planning what delicious things she will eat on her next vacation.

Janis Herold, RM, CCBE, BEd, BHSc (Midwifery), Asst. Clinical Professor (Adjunct) with McMaster School of Medicine

Janis Herold, RM, CCBE, BEd, BHSc (Midwifery), Asst. Clinical Professor (Adjunct) with McMaster School of Medicine

Janis decided to go back to university for her midwifery degree after experiencing midwifery as a client through the birth of her own children. She was impressed by, and continues to be committed to, the tenet of informed choice and client-centred care.

Janis holds degrees from both McGill and McMaster Universities. Prior to midwifery, she was a teacher and childbirth educator. Janis is an NRP (Neonatal Resuscitation) instructor, Connecting Pregnancy facilitator and preceptor coordinator. She also sat on the board at SHORE (Sexual Health, Options, Resources and Education). She has practiced as a midwife in Waterloo Region since 2011.

Bounmy Inthavong, RM, BHSc (Midwifery), BSc (Biology & Geography)

Bounmy Inthavong, RM, BHSc (Midwifery), BSc (Biology & Geography)

Bounmy (“Beau”) is a graduate of the McMaster Midwifery Education Program. She began her midwifery career providing care to families throughout Windsor-Essex County and Peterborough.

Beau’s passion for reproductive health began at an early age and was solidified through various life events and experiences abroad. Beau works extensively locally and abroad in the area of midwifery access, health equity and reproductive justice. Prior to midwifery, she completed her joint Bachelor of Science in Biology and Geography from the University of Waterloo.

Beau has a passion for traveling and enjoys testing her culinary pallet along the way. Outside of midwifery, you will find her hanging off of rock faces, trekking the back country or baking a cake.

Jessica Meyer, RM, BHSc (Midwifery)  (Currently on leave of absence)

Jessica Meyer, RM, BHSc (Midwifery) (Currently on leave of absence)

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 Otto, RM, BHSc (Hon. Midwifery)

Janessa Otto, RM, BHSc (Hon. Midwifery)

Janessa has been fascinated by pregnancy since witnessing her first birth on the family farm as a young child (it was a calf!). She knew very early on that midwifery was the right path for her and feels privileged to walk with people into the journey of parenthood.

Janessa graduated from the Midwifery Education Program at Laurentian University in 2008. She works with families in both our St Jacobs and New Hamburg clinic locations.

When not busy with the midwife life, Janessa is working towards a certificate in conflict management and mediation at Conrad Grebel University College.

Gaby Sabados, RM, BSc (Health Studies, Women’s Studies), BHSc (Midwifery), Asst. Clinical Professor (Adjunct) with McMaster School of Medicine

Gaby Sabados, RM, BSc (Health Studies, Women’s Studies), BHSc (Midwifery), Asst. Clinical Professor (Adjunct) with McMaster School of Medicine

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, RM, BHSc (Midwifery)

Maggie Seegmiller, RM, BHSc (Midwifery)

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 grateful to have the opportunity to work with growing families in her home community.

 

Our Office Staff

Andrea Horst, Office Administrator

Andrea Horst, Office Administrator

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 McEachern, Receptionist / Admin. Asst.

Aimee McEachern, Receptionist / Admin. Asst.

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.

Darlene Vanden Hoogen, Part-time Office Assistant

Darlene is our “night fairy” who works part time in the evenings. She feels very fortunate to be given the opportunity to work in this position with St. Jacobs Midwives. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, baking and most of all spending time with her granddaughter.

St. Jacobs Midwives & Staff