Our Midwives

St. Thomas Team:

Janet Clarke RM – Partner

My inspiration to become a midwife was fueled by my old aunt who practiced in the post WW2 era in London England. Her stories were exactly like those in the TV show “Call The Midwife”.

When I first came to London, Ontario I practiced as an Obstetric Nurse at St Joseph’s Hospital for 7 years.

During this time, I married, had 2 wonderful children and underwent the long process to “upgrade” my education to become an Ontario Midwife, graduating in 1997.

My friend Nikki (now my Business Partner) and I saw a need for Midwifery in the previously under-serviced Elgin County. I am proud and privileged to be serving the families in this lovely community. I am now seeing the second generation of some of my first clients!

My experience as a loving Midwife and mother, is varied and vast. I never stop learning, or marveling at the miracle of childbirth. However, I will be very gradually decreasing the number of clients I care for over the next 5 years, as a wind down to retirement.

In my off call time, you will likely find me at our little horse farm with a drill in hand mending fences etc., or riding my horse “Roo”.

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, BHSc- Midwifery, Chief of Midwifery- St Thomas Elgin General Hospital

Hello and Welcome! I am a native of Sudbury, Ontario and a graduate of Laurentian University. I joined TCM as a senior student in 2009 under the supervision of Nikki and Janet and have been an associate here ever since. I have developed a love and appreciation for all this area has to offer and the women we serve and I thoroughly enjoy practicing midwifery in the Elgin Community. I am the current Chief of Midwifery at STEGH and sit on several community and hospital committees, as I have a very keen interest in integrating midwifery into this community in a positive and collaborative way. Everybody wins when we all get along! I enjoying teaching and often have a student with me as I believe it’s important to expand our much needed and sought after midwifery care!

A bit about me: I grew up in the north, on a small hobby farm with my parents, 6 siblings and various horses, dogs, cats, chickens and goats. I got married and had my children straight out of high school and heard about midwifery while pregnant with my second child. I was immediately drawn to midwifery when I experienced, as a client, the personal care and continuity provided by my midwives. It was like being pregnant for the first time, as I was learning SO much about myself and my baby, that I was not taught with my first. I went into my birth with much more information and therefore much less fear than I had the first time around. I knew this was something I wanted to provide for others-Education, choices and support from someone I had developed a relationship with for the previous many months! I began this journey into midwifery when my third child was in grade one and did my training in Sudbury, North Bay, Guelph and here in London/St Thomas. We moved our family to St Thomas permanently in 2009. My husband and I have been married for 20 years now and our 3 children are 18, 19 and 20- 2 boys and a girl. We also have a very sweet 14 year old terrier/whippet mix dog named Dash.

I so look forward to meeting you and welcoming you into the Talbot Creek family and hope that you will experience the supportive relationships and superb care and expertise that our team so passionately aims to provide to our women, their partners and their new addition! What an amazing profession this is, I feel so privileged to be a part of this experience in your family./div>

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.

Cassidy Van Dyk, B.HSc

I am thrilled to be a part of the Talbot Creek Midwives. All of my life I’ve known I wanted a career involved in women’s health, more specifically pregnancy and birth. Midwifery really resonated with me because of the relationships that are able to form between the care provider and client. I recently graduated from Laurentian University with my B.HSc in Midwifery (2019).

I grew up in West Elgin and feel so fortunate to be able to practice in my home community of Elgin County. I am a proud mom to a busy little guy who I had alongside Midwives in Sudbury. In my spare time you can find me spending time with my family, usually on my partner’s family farm.

I look forward to working with you and your family during your pregnancy, labour, birth and the first six weeks of your baby’s life.

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 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.

While working as a midwife I am also completing my Masters in Health Sciences Education at McMaster
University. I have active ongoing research studies being conducted at London Health Sciences Centre
collegially with other obstetricians and anesthesiologists. Some of my research interests include skin-to-
skin contact in caesarean section, interprofessional collaboration, and exploring how to teach obstetrical
residents and midwifery students how best to engage in decision-making with clients. I enjoy working
closely with other members of the birthing team to help promote the best care possible for our clients.
When I am not busy helping labouring women, you can find me doing DIY projects in my home,
travelling and most importantly, spending time with my husband and busy children. 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.

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 recently became a mother myself and received amazing midwifery care. I couldn't
have gone through the journey into motherhood without this amazing care and I hope this too can be
your experience.

Maya Bialy – RM

Hi everyone!
My name is Maya and I joined Talbot Creek Midwives in September 2017.

I completed my training as a midwife in the United-States followed by a bridging program at Ryerson University in Toronto. While in the states, my clients included secular city folk, New York Ultra-Orthodox Jews, the Amish and Mennonites in Pennsylvania. I felt privileged to be present and help guide these women’s births and I am grateful for the opportunity to be working here in London with such a tight knit practice. I am also multi-lingual, speaking fluent French, Hebrew and English.

I absolutely love what I do. I feel so blessed to accompany women on their journey into motherhood. My goal as a midwife is to make others realize just how strong and capable they really are while I ensure a safe arrival for the life they are bringing into the world.

When I’m not attending births, I enjoy hiking, cooking, and spending quality time with family and friends.
I look forward to meeting and working with you soon!

Karine Levesque

Hello, Bonjour! I am so excited to be working with this amazing group of midwives at Talbot Creek Midwives. I completed my midwifery education through Laurentian University. Throughout my studies, I’ve had the opportunity to do placements across the province including spending a few months in Ottawa, Sudbury, Timmins and most recently in Welland.
Before studying to become a midwife, I completed a degree in criminology and worked in mental health for a few years. It was at this point that I reconnected with an old friend who is a midwife and her passion for the profession was contagious. The more I learned about this amazing profession, the more I knew this is what I wanted to do.
It is such a privilege to be working with women and families through this precious time in their lives and I can’t wait to be a part of your midwifery experience.

Teresa Ford – Administrative Assistant Kilworth

I moved to Canada in 2015 with my husband and children from New Zealand. I have been in office administration/management throughout my career. I have had midwives for all my births (2 in hospital in New Zealand and 1 home birth in Canada) and can honestly say it is the best experience you could wish for. My eldest daughter is finishing her last year in high school this year (2019) and heading to university to study Nursing, Spencer is in grade 4 and is well and truly ingrained into hockey life in Canada! He also loves his soccer in the summer months. Harper is our 3 year old daughter who will be starting kindergarten this year (2019). We have settled well into Canadian life and look forward to seeing more of Canada over the next few years.

I look forward to speaking with you and meeting all the new families coming into care and welcoming back the families that decided to have another go!