Uxbridge Community Midwives brought Midwifery Services to the under-serviced region of Uxbridge in 2008. We offer services to families living in the Durham, York and South Brock Regions: inclusive of Uxbridge and surrounding communities both inside and outside of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA): from Markham, Stouffville and Mount Albert, to Keswick and the South Shores of Lake Simcoe, over to Port Perry and Brooklin.
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.
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.
Alison Corr, Administrative Assistant
After 9 years at Uxbridge Midwives, we wish Alison a very happy retirement! You deserve it after putting up with the whirlwind and unpredictable schedules of 5 Midwives.
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Jamiena Shah, RM
Originally from Toronto (of south asian origin), Jamiena studied midwifery through a 3 year program in the United States at Birthwise Midwifery School in Bridgton, Maine. She apprenticed and worked with a team of certified professional midwives and registered naturopathic doctors in Brunswick, Maine for two years specializing in home births and births at a freestanding birth centre. Her passion for midwifery took her to Lancaster, Pennsylvania after her time in Maine, where she worked for 6 months with midwives who primarily served the Amish and Mennonite communities.
Jamiena completed the International Midwifery Pre-Registration Program, a bridging option for internationally trained midwives through Ryerson University in the spring of 2021 and completed her clerkship in full-scope midwifery with Hawthorne Midwives in Milton, Ontario. Jamiena is thrilled to join Uxbridge Community Midwives for her New Registrant year. Jamiena is a Registered Midwife with the College of Midwives of Ontario and maintains certifications in Neonatal Resuscitation, Fetal Health Surveillance, CPR, and Emergency Skills.
Prior to midwifery, Jamiena spent 10+ years working in the non-profit and NGO sector as a facilitator, project manager and coordinator within women’s health, youth leadership, and conflict resolution. It was during this time that she discovered her interest in midwifery as a profession having worked with midwives internationally. She also carried a strong desire to support women during pregnancy, childbirth and into the postpartum having grown up listening to stories from her grandmother who birthed 5 children all with midwives and at home in India.
In her spare time, she enjoys playing with spices in the kitchen, baking, running, yoga, reading, checking out farmer's markets, local coffee shops, great restaurants (self-proclaimed foodie) and playing on her pottery wheel.
She looks forward to meeting you and providing compassionate care
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.