Uptown Midwives is a teaching practice and participates in the supervision and education of midwifery students,and from time-to-time, students from other health disciplines (medicine, naturopathy; chiropractic; EMT) We feel it is vitally important to educate new midwives as the demand for midwifery services increases, and to give students from other disciplines the opportunity to experience midwifery practice first-hand in the spirit of multidisciplinary, holistic care.
You will meet and get to know the students who are working in our practice. If a student is attending your birth, it will be someone you know and have already met as part of your team of midwives. Our students are involved in all aspects of midwifery care, including prenatal, labour and birth and post-part care with supervision dependent on their level of study.
The registered midwives in your team will always have the primary responsibility for your care. Your midwives will always ask if you are comfortable having students participating in your care prior to meeting them.
Francine was born in The Hague in The Netherlands into the hands of midwives. After her parents immigrated to Canada, Francine was raised in North Toronto. She is currently studying Midwifery at Ryerson University. Francine has an honors undergraduate degree in History and also holds a degree in holistic nutrition from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition.
Before beginning her Midwifery studies, Francine lived in New York City for 15 years. While in New York, Francine volunteered in nearby Tuxedo Park as an EMT and Ambulance driver for the local Ambulance Corps.
Francine has two daughters, 18 and 19, who are both following their respective passions at university. In her spare time, Francine loves to play tennis, squash and bridge. In the past, Francine has been a beekeeper, a hobby she hopes to resume again in the near future.
I am a second year Midwifery student at Ryerson University. I decided to pursue midwifery after years of working as a counsellor. After the birth of my son, I developed a passion for postpartum care, and I came to appreciate the role of midwives in supporting families through the unique transitions of parenthood.
I live in Etobicoke with my son (who is now nine), and we spend our time cracking jokes, talking about dinosaurs, and visiting our family back in Nova Scotia whenever we can.
I am grateful to be joining Uptown Midwives & Family Wellness for my first clinical student placement, and I look forward to learning all I can from the midwives and the families in their care.