WHO WE ARE & HOW WE WORK
At Uxbridge Midwives- you will be assigned to a team consisting of two midwives. Both midwives will look after you and your baby from the time you enter care through to six weeks postpartum. By working in a small team, we hope to develop a relationship of trust with you during pregnancy in order to be able to provide safe, individualized care, fully support you during labour and birth and to provide comprehensive care to both you and your newborn throughout the postpartum period.
Only one of your two primary midwives will be at the birth. The team midwives rotate their call schedules every week. When one midwife from your team is on-call attending births and postpartum home visits, the other midwife is off-call and seeing clients in clinic. Generally, the midwives will switch on Friday mornings. Ongoing client review by the team midwives will assure the provision of seamless care.
In addition to one of your primary midwives, the Hospitalist from the Alongside Midwifery Unit will attend your birth in the role of second midwife. For home births, the on-call midwife from the other team will attend as the second midwife. If we have a senior student at the practice, they will meet the role of either primary or second midwife.
Clients have the option of a home or hospital birth. For those who choose a hospital birth, will plan to deliver at Markham Stouffville Hospital at The Alongside Midwifery Unit. The AMU officially opened its doors on July 9th, 2018, and is staffed by hospitalist midwives on the unit 24/7. They will facilitate and organize consultations and work as the liaison with obstetricians and community midwives. 23 midwives have privileges to deliver on the AMU, seven of whom are hospitalist midwives. The AMU has six specially equipped birthing rooms outfitted with upright birthing stools, and hanging slings allowing clients to adopt upright positions.
The rooms also have tubs suitable for water births and have double-sized Murphy beds for rest after giving birth. 80 per cent of clients will go home within six hours after giving birth and are visited at home by a midwife within 24 to 28 hours. Midwives provide complete care from early pregnancy to six weeks after labour for mother and baby.
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Meet The Team
Tiffany Haidon, RM
Tiffany Haidon is the sole proprietor of Uxbridge Community Midwives. After moving to the Uxbridge area in 2006, she recognized the need for accessible midwifery services in the community. She submitted a successful proposal to the Ontario Ministry of Health and opened the clinic in November 2008. Since then, Tiffany has worked tirelessly to build the practice into what it is today. She is proud to run a clinic that engages with the local community in such a meaningful and rewarding way.
Tiffany is a prominent member of the midwifery community -Lead of the Division of Midwifery at Markham-Stouffville Hospital, having most recently served as president of the College of Midwives of Ontario (on Council at the College from 2010-2019),and as a preceptor for Ontario's Midwifery Education Programme. Before becoming a midwife, Tiffany practiced as an Obstetrical Nurse for 8 years at Toronto's Mount Sinai Hospital. After graduating with Honours in Health Sciences (Midwifery) at Ryerson University in 2002, she practiced for 4 years at The Midwives Collective of Toronto, a very busy practice in downtown Toronto. She maintains competency in Neonatal Resuscitation, CPR,Emergency Skills and Fetal Health Surveillance.
Tiffany is a passionate traveler, spending her holidays exploring the world and amassing great stories about her adventures. Tiffany has her certification in advanced open water diving. When not at her favourite dive spot in Cozumel, Tiffany’s newest passion is being on the mountains in Nepal. She summited Mount Himlung (7126M) in 2019 and cannot wait to get back on the mountain. Tiffany is also a certified yoga teacher and takes great joy in promoting the benefits of this traditional practice.
Elizabeth Schonewille, RM
Elizabeth Schonewille joined Uxbridge Community Midwives in 2019. Previously, Elizabeth had worked in urban and suburban communities in Ontario and was eager to expand her skill set to include rural midwifery.
Before becoming a Midwife, Elizabeth enjoyed a 10 year career in business. She has lived in several different communities in Ontario, including Sudbury where she completed her first degree in Commerce. The time she has spent living in smaller communities of Grey Bruce and Brant County highlighted how much she enjoyed small town living and working. The decision to become a Midwife was driven by a desire to do more purposeful, face to face work. In 2015 Elizabeth was accepted into the Midwifery Education Program at Ryerson University. While diligently working at acquiring the clinical skills of Midwifery, Elizabeth also directed her learning at providing specialized health care to young families. Elizabeth was heavily involved in the Midwifery Student Union as Co-Chair, and Finance Lead. Elizabeth was greatly involved in the Unions annual province wide Student Midwifery Conference during her four years as a student.
As a lifelong learner, Elizabeth plans to continue to develop her skills in supporting clients in unmediated childbirth. Elizabeth is very excited to be able to work at Canada’s very first Alongside Midwifery unit at Markham Stouffville Hospital. The unit is designed to provide various options and tools for clients to navigate the various phases of childbirth, honouring the clients’ childbirth experience as an integral component of fulsome client care.
Elizabeth is an animal lover with 4 pets at home. She plays soccer for a women's team in Toronto and has recently joined the Durham Region Roller Derby team. She enjoys reading fiction and biographies.
Alison Core, Administrative Assistant
Alison Corr joined our practice in January 2013 as Administrative Assistant.
Alison's background includes certification as an Ophthalmic Technician. She also taught CPR for over 25 years and is a certified Pet First Aid/CPR instructor.
Alison has three sons, three grandchildren and three dogs. She is enjoying being apart of the team at Uxbridge Community Midwives and looks forward to welcoming you to our clinic.
Kaleigh Wolfe, RM
Kaleigh Wolfe developed an interest in midwifery out of a fascination with pregnancy and childbirth and a strong lifelong desire to provide healthcare that is respectful, evidence-based, and committed to promoting informed choice. She graduated from the Midwifery Education Program at Ryerson University in the Spring of 2020 and is thrilled to join Uxbridge Community Midwives for her New Registrant year. Kaleigh is a Registered Midwife with the College of Midwives of Ontario and maintains certifications in Neonatal Resuscitation, Fetal Health Surveillance, CPR, and Emergency Skills.
Kaleigh completed an Honours Bachelor of Science at Queen’s University in 2012 and, though from a very small town in rural Ontario herself, subsequently lived the “big city life” in downtown Toronto until the recent present. It was in Toronto where her belief in the midwifery profession grew stronger due to her experiences working and volunteering at midwifery clinics in downtown Toronto and being able to witness the care midwives gave their clients first-hand. Kaleigh’s midwifery training occurred primarily at the Midwives Collective of Toronto and Community Midwives of Toronto where she practiced full-scope midwifery care. Kaleigh views midwifery as being a perfect intersection between feminism, social justice, and genuinely holistic healthcare, and feels honoured to be a part of this highly transitional time in the lives of pregnant and birthing people in our community.
Outside of all things midwifery, Kaleigh’s interests and hobbies include live music, knitting socks, baking tasty treats, and walking her 13lb Chihuahua mix aptly named Moose. She looks forward to meeting you!
Janis Dalaker, RM
Janis Dalacker is currently on a Leave of Absence from Uxbridge Community Midwives, however we are blessed to receive the services Janis provides as a Hospitalist at Markham-Stouffville’s Alongside Midwifery Unit.
Janis interest in pregnancy and childbirth began as a child, with the story of her father’s birth into the hands of a midwife at a "Hebammenschule" or Midwifery school, in southern Germany. She learned more about the profession in 1993 during her second pregnancy, and found comfort in the care of midwives for her last three pregnancies and births. Janis began her midwife training in 2004, and graduated from Ryerson University with Honours in Health Sciences (Midwifery) in 2009. She then practiced at Thames Valley Midwives, serving urban and rural communities in London, Woodstock, Norwich and surrounding areas. An interesting highlight of this placement was her work with the large Amish community in the area.
In 2011, Janis joined Uxbridge Community Midwives and has been with us ever since! She maintains membership with a number of esteemed organizations within the midwifery community, including the Canadian Association of Midwives (CAM), Society of Obstetricians and Gyneacologists (SOGC), the Association of Ontario Midwives (AOM) and the College of Midwives of Ontario (CMO). Janis has been a preceptor for Ontario’s Midwifery Education Programme since 2011. She often performs as surgical first assistant during cesarean section procedures, and considers this skill as one of her specialties.
In her spare time, Janis loves to explore Canada’s wilderness with her lovely family. When she's not on call, you might find her relaxing at her family cottage in Northern Ontario or embarking on an RV adventure across the country! She's also an avid reader and loves to knit.
Allanah Shah, RM
Allanah Shah started her journey as an advocate for family-centered care through McMaster University's Midwifery Education Program in 2012 and graduated with a B.H.Sc in Midwifery. She always wanted to work in a health care profession, and was delighted to learn of midwifery as a profession which aims to provide safe and evidence-based clinical care while focusing on the personalised needs of each client and their family.
Throughout her training, Allanah had the opportunity to work with families across Ontario, as well as in Mumbai, India where she worked in a maternity hospital alongside doctors and nurses providing care for low-income women. Although she is fluent in Hindi which was helpful during her placement, she was humbled by the realisation that care, compassion and solidarity have a language of their own. She aims to encompass this idea into the care she provides to all clients.
Continuity of care is especially important to Allanah and is what brought her to midwifery. She loves to get to know clients and families, and feels very honoured to witness the birth of new relationships. Allanah is also passionate about informed choice and enjoys being able to support clients in choosing care that best meets their needs.
When she is not on call, Allanah loves to travel, dance, and spend time with family and friends. Allanah has recently moved from Mississauga and is very excited to be working with the Uxbridge Community Midwives.
Rebecca Crone, RM
Rebecca’s journey into midwifery began with the birth of her first daughter in 2007 at the hands of my amazing midwives. Following this, she became a certified birth doula through DONA International as well as a certified childbirth educator. During her time as a doula and childbirth educator, she went on to have three more children, all attended by midwives.
Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto as well as an honours post-graduate degree from Seneca College. She graduated from the Ryerson Midwifery Education Program with honours in 2018 and began my career at Midwifery Care – North Don River Valley, a busy Toronto practice until joining Uxbridge Community Midwives in 2019. Rebecca maintains current certifications in Emergency Skills, Neonatal Resuscitation and CPR, and adheres to midwifery standards and guidelines as a member of the College of Midwives of Ontario and the Association of Ontario Midwives.
In her free time, Rebecca can be found doing yoga, rock climbing and nature walks with her husband and amazing children. Rebecca is so thrilled and grateful to be a part of the team at Uxbridge Community Midwives and to be able to support clients and their families, by providing compassionate, comprehensive care in a way that is meaningful to them.