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 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 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.
Mélissa Boizot-Roche RM
My name is Mélissa Boizot-Roche and I am thrilled to be a part of Huron Midwives!
The first birth I ever witnessed was the birth of my sister, at home, when I was 3 years old. At the time, it did not seem unusual that such a special event would take place in the comfort of our home. Though I later realized that this was far from the norm, this memory shaped my understanding of birth as natural part of life. It is that perspective that I brought to my first degree, at UBC, a Bachelor of Science in Global Resource Systems with a focus on women’s health. It became clear to me that not every woman has the options my mother had, or the support she needs to make her own choices regarding her body, her health and her family.
Wanting to support women and their families, I decided to pursue midwifery. I was accepted to the French midwifery program at Laurentian University, completed placements in Toronto and in eastern Ontario. I worked as a midwife in Toronto before deciding to make the move to Huron County!
When I’m not catching babies, you might find me hiking, exploring nature, doing yoga, studying herbalism or playing the fiddle. I am happy to provide care in French and English. Thank you for welcoming me into your lives as you embark on this adventure!
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.
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.