Our Midwives

St. Thomas Team:

Janet Clarke RM – Partner

Hello there! I was born, raised and trained in England and practiced as a midwife there from 1981-1988. I came to Ontario nineteen years ago having spent the first seven years as an obstetric nurse, I am now proudly practicing as an Ontario Registered Midwife. I have two wonderful children and know too well the joys of expecting and raising a young family. I recently moved to St Thomas to be closer to the community that our practice serves. I am thrilled and enthralled to have the opportunity to attend the needs of the childbearing families in this area. God bless!

Laura Parizeau RM BSc (Health Studies), BHSc (Midwifery) – Associate (On Maternity Leave)

Hello! My name is Laura Parizeau, and I have been working with Talbot Creek Midwives since 2009. Prior to beginning my midwifery studies, I completed a Bachelor of Science in Health Studies through the University of Waterloo Co-op program. As a result, I have a range of work experience in  the health care field, from Recreational Coordinator at a small rural hospital (I shared an office with the Chaplain and took care of the fish tank) to Region Facilitator at the London Hospitals ( I was involved in many interesting projects, including Digital Imaging and the SWO Perinatal Partnership). Midwifery is the profession which allowed me to bring all of my experiences and interests together to support women and their families, and I still think being a midwife is fantastic. My family is very important to me and I am thrilled to have moved so much closer to them. My husband Ryan is a nurse practitioner, and a long with our son Charlie (caught by Jill!), grumpy cat Gracie, and moody dog Milo, we officially call St. Thomas our home. I look forward to meeting you!

Jill Portelance RM– Associate

Hello all! Welcome to Talbot Creek Midwives! I am a native of Sudbury, Ontario (The Nickel Capital of the world) and home of the catchy tune “Sudbury Saturday Night”. I grew up on a small hobby farm on the outskirts of town with my 3 brothers, 3 sisters and wonderful parents. I have a diploma in Animal Sciences, Certified Personal Support Worker, and a Bachelor of Health Sciences in Midwifery degree. I have a wonderful husband and three amazing kids, 2 boys and a girl. My family and I moved here to St Thomas in 2009. My interest in midwifery began during my second pregnancy. I had called too late with my first and so did not have midwives, but got in with them the second time around. The midwives were so wonderful and made everything so personal and special, I knew this was what I wanted to do some day! So I spent “the early years” with my kids and once my youngest started grade 1, I embarked on this amazing journey and have never looked back! I have done placements in Sudbury, North Bay, Guelph and here in London and St Thomas. It has ultimately led me and my family to a permanent home here and we love this community and all it has to offer. I have done the majority of my midwifery training under the supervision of Nikki, Karen, and Janet and am now very pleased to be working as their colleague. I look forward to meeting you all and sharing in the joys of becoming a family and I hope to pass on the amazing midwifery experience that I enjoyed, to all of you.

Erin Laver RM – Associate

I began my journey with midwifery in 1997 as a volunteer for a midwifery clinic. It opened my eyes to the amazing and complex world of women’s health. I opted to pursue massage therapy and graduated in 1999. I practiced for 14 years, married and had 2 wonderful daughters (with midwives) before returning to my true calling – midwifery. I am thrilled to be working at Talbot Creek Midwives Inc.

Natalie Piche RM, Associate

I knew I wanted midwifery to be my career. Knowing that labour and birth is a miraculous and fascinating process, I also believe it can be beautiful and natural process. I began my midwifery journey in my hometown of Sudbury, Ontario, where I graduated in 2009 with a bachelor of Health Sciences in Midwifery from Laurentian University.

My training included placement in Sudbury, Windsor and London, Ontario where I had the opportunity to work with a lactation consultant, as well as the community program Healthy Babies Healthy Children.

Throughout my career, I’ve maintained good working relationships with the multiple hospitals where I’ve held privileges. I was a member of the hospital based program MoreOb, as well as various hospital committees including the Newborn Care Committee and the Perinatal Bereavement Committee. I also worked closely with the Chief of Emergency Medical Services to improve working relationships between midwives and emergency medical personnel.

After working in Windsor, Ontario until 2014, I was very happy to join the midwifery team at Talbot Creek Midwives that same year. I’ve found working as a midwife since 2009 immensely fulfilling. My work has taught me a deep appreciation for the importance of delivering health care services with an approach that is responsive to the special needs of each client. I look forward to meeting with you and your family and being a part of your midwifery experience.

Lynda Snell – Practice Administrator St. Thomas

I joined Talbot Creek Midwives in January 2007 and have enjoyed my time being a part of our practice, watching it grow along with the families growing along with us. I am a mother of two boys, Alex 20 (currently going to school and living in St. Catharines) and Kevin 18 who still lives at home. We share our lives with an amazing man, Tim and his son, Danny 17 and we reside in St. Thomas.

Kilworth Team:

Nikki Mills, RM., Dip. H.E. Higher Education Midwifery., RN., (EC) – PHC., (Distinction)., BScN., MN- Partner

Hello there! My career began in healthcare in 1987 when I attended the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, England and graduated as a Registered Nurse. Although my original intention was to specialize in the field of Intensive Care, my genuine love of life and travel led to my commencing training to become a registered midwife and I graduated from the University of Worcester, England in 1993. I worked as a Registered Midwife until I immigrated to Canada in May 2002, becoming registered here in July 2003. I am devoted to my family, being the proud mum of two fabulous children and a dog. Both of my labours and deliveries were with midwives and amazing experiences that changed my life. Consequently, my lifelong passion is to assist women giving birth, however it is experienced. I have a vision that one day water birth will be a choice for women and accepted as a safe and effective way to give birth, both in the hospital setting as well as at home.
In 2014 I graduated from Western University from the Nurse Practitioner Program with a distinction in Primary Health Care and a Masters degree in Nursing. In the future it is my hope to merge the two roles to offer a “never done before in Ontario” –  an expanded scope of midwifery care in a combined role of Midwife/Nurse Practitioner.  Currently, I am involved as a co- investigator in a piece of qualitative research being conducted with health care professionals at LHSC and loving every minute! It is from experience that I can say that giving birth is truly one of life’s most empowering and intense experiences. I feel blessed to be sharing in this unique and special time with you!

Meagan Furnivall  RM, BA (Psychology), BHsc (Midwifery)- Associate

I have been working with Talbot Creek Midwives since 2011. Since then I have had the pleasure of working with many women and their growing families.  My husband Mark and I welcomed both of our children at home. Our little girl, Emma in 2012 and our son Evan, in 2015. I stumbled upon the concept of “midwifery” while I was completing a degree in Psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University and knew that it was exactly the kind of profession I was looking for. Midwifery is a profession that allows me to combine all of the things that I love with special attention to women and newborns. Childbirth is such an exciting and important time in our lives, and I believe women should be given the best information to make decisions for their families. I am so thrilled to be in a profession that is growing and to work with such an amazing team of midwives.
I enjoy exploring research opportunities within our community to help improve the current prenatal, birth and postpartum experience for our expectant mothers and am currently conducting a research project at London Health Sciences Center on Skin-to-Skin contact in cesarean section. I also will be starting Talbot Creek prenatal classes in November 2015. Furthermore, I enjoy working with other professions to help ensure women receive the highest standard of care possible. I am very passionate about midwifery and hope you enjoy the midwifery experience as much as I do!

I have been working with Talbot Creek Midwives since 2011. Since then I have had

the pleasure of working with many women and their growing families. My husband

Mark and I welcomed our little girl Emma at home in 2012 and are expecting our

newest family addition in April 2015. I stumbled upon the concept of “midwifery”

while I was completing an undergraduate degree in Psychology at Wilfrid Laurier

University and knew that it was exactly the kind of profession I was looking for. I

always knew I wanted to work in some form of healthcare, but being a physician or

nurse didn’t interest me. Midwifery is a profession that allows me to combine all of

the things that I love, with special attention to women and babies. Childbirth is such

an exciting and important time in our lives, and I believe women should be given the

best information to make decisions for their families. I am so thrilled to be in a

profession that is growing, and to work with such an amazing team of midwives.

When I’m not busy working as a midwife, I enjoy exploring research opportunities

within our community to help improve the current prenatal, birth and postpartum

experience for our expectant mothers. I also enjoy working collaboratively with

other professions to help ensure women receive the greatest level of care possible. I

am very passionate about midwifery and hope you enjoy the midwifery experience

as much as I do!

Natalie Taylor BSc, BHSc (Midwifery) – Associate

I am thrilled to have joined this amazing group of midwives. I completed the midwifery education program through Laurentian University in 2013. Prior to studying to become a midwife, I went to Western University and completed an undergraduate degree with an Honors Specialization in Biology. I am originally from Brampton, Ontario, just outside of Toronto. From a young age, I knew that I wanted to be involved in the health care system, but nothing felt like a perfect fit until I learned about midwives. When I learned of how much emphasis midwives place on informed choice and educating women, I knew that this would be my calling. I feel so blessed to be a part of this joyful and memorable time in a woman’s life and look forward to getting to know you and your family.

Elleana Hoekstra BHSc (Midwifery), MA- Associate

I discovered my passion for midwifery at the age of 9 when I witnessed the birth of my little brother Nico at home with midwives.  During the midwifery education program I was able to travel to Mwanza, Tanzania and complete a practical placement at a hospital there where I developed a desire to engage in addressing the issues surrounding maternal and newborn health in developing countries.

After graduating from the Midwifery Education Program at Laurentian University in 2009 I practiced midwifery in Cambridge, Kitchener/Waterloo as well as short project in Jacmal, Haiti where I assisted with the development of a birthing centre after the earthquake in 2010.  I was also given the opportunity to travel to Mulanje, Malawi and work as a midwife in a rural hospital for 8 months after which I spent some time working in Cambridge Bay Nunavut.

I initially came to London to work with Talbot Creek Midwives for a short term position but loved the forest city so much that I had to stay!  I have recently completed my Masters degree in Midwifery and thoroughly enjoy both the practical and theoretical aspects of this wonderful career.  I am very excited to be given the privilege to share this exciting time with clients of Talbot Creek Midwives and I look forward to meeting you.

Katie Fisher RM, BHSc Rural Health, BHSc (Midwifery)- Associate

I am excited to be a part of this midwifery group as of January 2015. I graduated from the McMaster Midwifery Education Program in 2012. Prior to achieving my goal of being a midwife, I completed a Honours Bachelor of Health Sciences Degree with a Major in Rural Health from the University of Western Ontario. Originally from a small town in the Niagara Region, I am enjoying the city living pace. I previously worked at St. Jacobs Midwives in the Kitchener-Waterloo region for three years. I feel privileged to be involved with women and their families throughout the process of pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum. I am looking forward to making London home and meeting you all!

Kelly Annett – Administrative Assistant Kilworth

I have been working alongside these wonderful midwives  since 2011. In that time I have grown to greatly appreciate birth and have sincere gratitude for the women we care for. I love being apart of our client’s lives and truly believe midwifery is a fantastic choice for women and their growing families. I have two boys, Aidan who is 7 and Jack who is 3. My life is extremely busy but I’m enjoying every minute of it. I am happy to be the first person to greet you to the Talbot Creek family!