Meet Our Midwife Group
Ana Maria Barillas
I graduated from the Midwifery program at McMaster University in Hamilton. I have worked in Ottawa and Hamilton and have had the privilege of catching many babies! Now I call Cambridge my home and look forward to catching yours! I was born in El Salvador and came to this beautiful country in 1991. I enjoy outdoor activities in all seasons but I definitely prefer summer over winter! I’m the proud mama of four children and feel very blessed to have found a career that is so rewarding. Whether this is your first time on the road to motherhood or you have traveled the path before, thank you for trusting us with your journey!
Pam Vazac (Lukas)
Before graduating from the Midwifery program at McMaster, I completed a degree in Health Studies at the University of Waterloo. It was there that I was first introduced to Midwifery and since then my passion for maternal and fetal health has grown. In the summer before entering the Midwifery program, I travelled to Ghana, West Africa, where I spent a month facilitating reproductive health education programs in local schools. During my midwifery studies, I was also employed as a research assistant within the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at McMaster Hospital and the Midwifery Education Program at McMaster University. Since becoming a midwife, I have been actively involved in local community organizations and act as a preceptor and volunteer for the Midwifery Education Program. In my spare time, you will find me with family, friends and playing with my son and six nieces/nephews. I feel honoured to be a part of your motherhood journey and look forward to meeting you and your family!
I completed my degree in Midwifery, BHSc at Laurentian University. During my schooling, I did placements in Hamilton, Guelph & Sudbury. Upon the completion of my degree, I had my first child, Milo. I began working with Cambridge Midwives then and have provided care in this community ever since. I had my second son, Nico and just finished maternity leave for my daughter, Audrey. My non- midwifery time is spent reading, running, Netflixing & attending all the kids activities. I am also a practice partner and like speaking to different groups about midwifery care, normal birth and informed choice. I provide home birth information nights at Cambridge Midwives.
Stacey Raftermann (Skelton)
I grew up in London, Ontario, and have been living in the Tri-City area for the past 10 years. I developed a passion for and interest in reproductive health while earning my degree in psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University. I was drawn to midwifery because of its emphasis on client-centered care, informed choice and building meaningful relationships with clients and families. I have been working in Cambridge since graduating from the McMaster Midwifery Education Program. When I am not working I enjoy spending time with family and friends, reading good books, cooking, and going for hikes with my Australian Shepherd, Titus. I look forward to meeting you and working with you as your family grows.
I am a Registered Midwife who started working at Cambridge Midwives after graduating from McMaster with a Bachelor in Health Sciences specializing in Midwifery. Currently, I also serves as Chief of Midwifery at Cambridge Memorial Hospital. Prior to beginning at McMaster, I attained an undergraduate degree with majors in English and Fine Art, and then worked in event planning and marketing in the Technology sector for 15 years most recently at BlackBerry. This first career offered many exciting opportunities to travel throughout North America and Europe. During these years, I had three children, two of whom were born under the care of midwives. These powerful birth experiences and a desire to provide client centred care to others sparked an interest in changing her career path to midwifery. I live in Cambridge with my husband. I enjoy running with the Cambridge Harriers Running Club, and am actively involved in my community, specifically Cambridge Christian School and Maranatha Christian Reformed Church.
I graduated with honours from the Midwifery Education Program at Ryerson University and have been practicing as a registered Midwife with Cambridge Midwives since that time. I believe it is an honour and privilege to provide care to expectant people and their families throughout the extraordinary events of pregnancy, birth and postpartum. My goal has always been to provide an empowering birth experience through informed decision making in a non-authoritarian environment.
I grew up in Etobicoke, became a massage therapist, but knew I always wanted to be a midwife. I graduated from the McMaster Midwifery education and have been a midwife at Cambridge Midwives ever since. I have had Lactation Consultant training, as supporting the breastfeeding dyad of mother and baby has been important to me. I enjoy being outside, walking in the forest, or swimming and frolicking in the water with my children.
Alexa Chidiac (Payne)
I completed my bachelor of science in kinesiology at Queen’s University. It was during this time that I developed a passion for women’s health. This led me to the midwifery program at McMaster University where I completed my second degree. I completed my final clinical placement at Cambridge Midwives and was thrilled to join the team following my graduation. I feels honoured to provide midwifery care to the women of Cambridge and surrounding areas. When I’m not busy being a midwife you can find me enjoying the outdoors with my family and dog, or out discovering live local music.
I grew up in Peterborough, Ontario but I have called southern Ontario home for the last 8 years. Prior to completing the Midwifery Education Program at McMaster University I completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Science from the University of Guelph. It was here that I discovered midwifery, and my passion for pregnancy, birth and supporting families grow! Throughout the Midwifery Education Program I had the opportunity to learn alongside midwives in Niagara, Hamilton and Guelph, I am so thankful for these experiences. In my spare time I enjoy hiking, brewing my own kombucha or reading a good book with a cup of coffee in hand. I am grateful and honored to be a part of your midwifery team and I look forward to meeting you!
I grew up in Stoney Creek Ontario but have called Waterloo region home for the last 15 years. I earned a bachelor of science degree in biomedical sciences and international studies from the University of Waterloo. After completing my undergraduate degree I spent several years working for a community organization in downtown Kitchener doing front line work with youth and adults as well as working as a strategic statistics analyst. I learned about the Ontario midwifery model of care and decided to pursue midwifery as a career. I graduated with honours from the Ryerson University midwifery program. Throughout the program I had the opportunity to train with skilled midwives in Waterloo Region, as well as in downtown Toronto and rural central Ontario. I have a specific interest in postpartum care of the parent/infant dyad and have been involved with the development of a clinical practice guideline for postpartum care with a team from the Association of Ontario Midwives. I’m thankful to be a part of the team at Cambridge Midwives and I look forward to meeting you!
My involvement in birth began in 2010 as a doula to a friend, which eventually led me to midwifery work. I graduated with honours from McMaster University, and have trained and worked mostly in the Guelph, Cambridge and Brantford areas. Previously I was a professional eclectic having worked as a computer programmer, circus artist and teacher, baker, French teacher, translator and more. I have also completed undergraduate and masters degrees in French Studies. When I’m not busy at work, I love to cook, craft, and get outside hiking, gardening and canoe camping.
Meet Our Student Midwives
My name is Heidi Hoernig (pronounced her-nig) (she/her). I am a second-year midwifery student from McMaster University. I will be with Cambridge Midwives from April to August, 2022.
Midwifery is a mid-career change for me, as I have previous degrees in anthropology and urban planning and worked for 13 years in research development at McGill University in Montreal. Spending time in the outdoors is one of my greatest joys. While I grew up in rural SW Ontario (near Goderich), I have also lived and worked in British Columbia, Alberta, and Québec. I am thrilled to back living in Ontario and I deeply appreciate this opportunity to learn and grow with the team at Cambridge Midwives, their clients, and their families. What a treasured privilege to be able to learn in this way! Thank-you in advance for this precious honour.
My name is Emily Slusarek, and I am so looking forward to meeting everyone at Cambridge Midwives as a fourth-year student during my time from May 2022 until April of 2023. I am originally from Waterloo and am excited to remain close to home. My journey to Midwifery began with a degree at Trent University in Biology and Health Sciences. I have used my passion for advocating for autonomy and informed healthcare to complete research on underreported emotions experienced in terminal illness. Midwifery is so important to me, as it gives people the opportunity to be in control and make choices that best suit them and their own needs. In my non- midwifery-related life, I spend time running a wedding business and getting out in nature. I am always planning my next adventure hiking with my dog, paddle boarding, hanging in my hammock, or backpacking abroad.