Ellen Peel RM
Midwife & Owner of Huron Midwives
My name is Ellen Peel. I am a registered midwife and the current owner of Huron Midwives. I grew up in the lovely rural community of Lucknow and I am so happy to be back living in Lucknow with my husband while working as a midwife. Midwifery has been my dream since I was fortunate enough to work with Susan Wilts, founder of Huron Midwives, in my final year of highschool as part of my co-operative education program. I completed a year of a Bachelor of Science of Nursing at McMaster University but had the opportunity to pursue my passion for midwifery when I enrolled in the Midwifery Education Program at McMaster University. Throughout my journey to become a midwife, I have enjoyed learning from and helping new families in Milverton, Kingston, Hamilton, Guelph and even New Zealand. I enjoy supporting women and families in this community through their unique childbirth experiences. I appreciate the opportunity to be a part of this special journey as women are empowered to be active participants in such a life-changing event.
Jasmine Graham RM
I grew up in small-town Ontario and New Brunswick. I was first introduced to Midwifery by watching my siblings’ births, which taught me that birth is normal and beautiful. I completed a Bachelor Degree in English at St. Frances Xavier University in Nova Scotia before realizing that Midwifery was my true calling. I completed an honours Bachelor of Health Science in Midwifery from Laurentian University and became registered to practice in 2013. My family moved here in 2014 so I could join this wonderful practice where I enjoy serving the families of Huron County.
Siobhan Vanderboor (Morrison) RM
I am excited to have joined Huron Midwives after starting my work as a midwife in the beautiful community of Halton Hills. I completed a Bachelor of Health Studies at University of Waterloo before pursuing midwifery at Laurentian University Midwifery Education Program. As a student midwife I was lucky to gain experience in Perth county as well as other communities including Guelph, Kenora and Toronto. I am happy to be settling into my new home in Blyth and to finally be growing roots in this wonderful rural community. I enjoy being outdoors in the woods or on the water with my family and friends. We are often camping, hiking and exploring new places. I am so happy to support women through this special life-changing journey and excited to meet you.
Krista DiCecco RM
Hello, my name is Krista DiCecco, and I am very excited to start working with the Huron Midwives as a registered midwife! I was born and raised in Essex-County, Ontario, where the majority of my family still lives. One of the things that drew me to working as a midwife was the profession’s goal to encourage clients to take control of their health and make informed choices; I believe it is so empowering for people to be actively involved in the crazy process that is pregnancy, birth, and beyond! As a student midwife, I was lucky enough to get some placements all over Ontario, in communities such as London, Windsor, Cambridge, Oshawa, and Barrie. I graduated from the Midwifery Education Program through Laurentian University in 2014, and since then, I have been working as a midwife in a small northern town called The Pas, Manitoba. I have loved my experience in the North, and will be sad to leave, however, I feel it is time to be a little closer to my expanding family!
Once I am settled somewhere in Huron County, you may see me around riding a bicycle or (hopefully) in a yard gardening. Some other interests of mine include reading, camping, knitting, and playing the occasional video game. I will be moving to the community with my partner Thomas and my two cats.
Madeleine McConnell RM
Biography and photo coming soon
Kendra Wilts RPN
I am a mother of five children, who were all born at home with Susan Wilts (my mother-in-law) as my midwife! My role as a Second Birth Attendant allows me to assist the midwives with most hospital and home birth deliveries. My interest in birth and midwifery care was sparked during my Grade 11 Co-op, I came to work at the clinic and was able to attend births. After graduating high school, I attended Conestoga College to become a Registered Practical Nurse. Wanting to be involved in birth again, I took additional education to become a qualified Second Birth Attendant. I have been working with the Huron Midwives for the last 18 years. I love to attend as many births as possible, and witness the Miracle of Life.
Valerie Shortreed RN
Hello! My name is Valerie Shortreed. I am the Practice Administrator at Huron Community Midwifery Services.I live on a farm near Blyth, with my husband and 4 children. I graduated from Conestoga College, Kitchener ON, in 1996 as a Registered Nurse. Since then I have worked in a variety of healthcare settings. In 2004 I began working at Huron Community Midwifery Services as a Second Birth Attendant, attending home and hospital births with Midwife Susan Wilts. In 2012 my role changed as I became the Practice Administrator.It is a privilege to be involved in the care Huron Community Midwifery Services provides to expecting parents in this community. I look forward to meeting you and celebrating with you as you journey through pregnancy and the birth of your new baby.