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Our Team

Diane Kent

My passion since high school was to enter the healthcare profession and care for people who I could help. I succeeded in reaching this goal when I first trained as a Registered Nurse in Scotland, then as a Registered Midwife.

I personally experienced the power of midwifery care when both of our sons were born in Scotland under the supervision and care of midwives. My family and I were delighted when Canada welcomed us to this beautiful, peaceful country in 1995 and I started practicing midwifery in Ontario in 1996.

Currently a partner with Community Midwives of Halton, I am also the Head of the Midwifery Department at Halton Healthcare and more importantly a practicing midwife with a group of like-minded caring medical professionals providing client centred care.

When I am not welcoming babies into the world I enjoy travelling and spending time with my family.

Wendy Murko

Midwifery has been a nearly lifelong calling, sparking a passionate interest since discovering it had just been regulated when I started nursing school. I knew I wanted to provide care that was empowering, client centred, and having long term positive benefits. I grew up in the area, and I graduated from McMaster University Midwifery Program in 1999. I have been practicing for over 20 years with Community Midwives of Halton as a full-time midwife and partner. Prior to midwifery I was an RN in maternal child at OTMH. I also teach as an assistant clinical professor at McMaster, precepting midwifery students through their extensive placements. From 2010-2019 I served as a council member for the College of Midwives, participating in committees including registration, quality assurance, complaints, and discipline. I feel very fortunate to work alongside such a dedicated group of women.

I’m also a mother of two wonderful children, who were born with the help of my fellow colleagues and friends, the second at home. I love to travel at any opportunity, cook, listen to music and read on my free time, and enjoy being creative through interior design and landscaping.

Christy Winder

I have been a midwife at CMOH for over 10 years and I love the opportunity this profession gives me to provide care to women, their babies and their families. I was called to midwifery after having my own four children with a variety of care providers and coming to understand the difference that care with informed choice, continuity of care and choice of birthplace can make in the pregnancy, birth, and postpartum experience.

When I am not at work I can be found cooking up meals for my hungry family, walking and training my young dog, biking, skiing, swimming and spending time at the family cottage.

Joanna Besana

Born and raised in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, I have always been fascinated with health and healing. My wanderlust began in my early 20’s and I travelled throughout North America before deciding to make my home in Ontario. I enrolled at the University of Toronto where I earned a B.Sc.Hons and a M.Sc. in Physical and Forensic Anthropology. When my husband and I started our family, we researched and chose midwifery care. We had two children with Community Midwives of Halton, and the second one was born at home. Through that journey, I realized my true calling and returned to McMaster University to earn my B.H.Sc. in Midwifery. I completed all my training in and around Halton region before joining the wonderful team at CMOH. In addition to practicing midwifery, I actively seek out opportunities to further my education, add to my skill set, and enhance the scope of midwifery in our community. I am part of a workgroup writing Midwifery Policies for Halton Healthcare with the goal of outlining and broadening midwifery practices and ensuring the highest quality of care.

When not on call, I enjoy running with our dog, reading all the books I can get my hands on, working on projects both big (home improvement) and small (knitting), and travelling with my family to warm destinations.

Jennifer Aylward

Since 2010, I have had the privilege of working with Community Midwives of Halton in Oakville, where I was raised.

I attended McMaster University, where I completed a degree in Health Sciences. It was during my time at McMaster that I learned of midwifery and realized my desire to help women during one of the most profound experiences of their lives. I then went on to pursue a Masters degree in Health Research Methodology while simultaneously completing the Midwifery Education Program. My Masters research afforded me the opportunity to combine my passion for research as well as pregnancy and childbirth, as I investigated choice of birthplace and influencers in this important decision.

It is a joy to walk alongside women and their families as they navigate pregnancy, birth and the initial postpartum period.

I currently reside in Oakville with my husband and our three children.

Andrea Ramirez Palma

I was born and raised in Mexico, studied and practiced family medicine for over ten years and always had an interest in a more natural approach to health care. A few years ago, I moved to Canada with my four children and opened anaturopathic clinic and a natural health store. I missed working with families as part of their health care and was always passionate about working with women
and children, so I decided to become a midwife. To me, midwifery is a calling; to be with women is a way to work in a system that honors womanhood and centers in women’s care.

I started working at CMOH in 2017 and I feel extremely blessed to work alongside a fantastic group of women who always have the best interest of our clients and their families at heart.

I live in Burlington with my four growing up kids (parenting teenagers is totally different ball game!)husband, dogs, and a cat and I call it home.

When I am not working, I am probably at a hockey rink or driving my kids somewhere. I enjoy the seasons, hiking in the escarpment, bike riding, outdoor skating, baking, reading a good book, walking by the lake, a day at the beach, a glass of wine with my friends and sometimes a visit to the big city of Toronto.

I am looking forward to working with you and your family.

Katrina O'Neill

I am delighted to work with the wonderful team of midwives at CMOH in my home town of Oakville. I am a graduate of the Midwifery Education Program at McMaster University in Hamilton where my husband and I currently live. I was drawn to midwifery because I have a passion for holistic care, informed choice and forming supportive relationships with folks as they navigate this life changing experience. I strive to always make time to answer clients’ questions and help them feel empowered in their journey.

When I’m not in clinic or catching babies I can be found enjoying time with my husband, son and two cats, spending time outdoors, hiking, camping, canoeing, or keeping busy knitting, cross stitching or crafting.

Christina Winger

Christina lives in Burlington with her husband and son but grew up in Oakville. She graduated in 2015 from the MEP at McMaster. She enjoys being creative, being outside, and snuggling babies.

Kimberley McIntosh

Midwifery is my calling and I am privileged to support families in our community. I love supporting pregnant people, and their families, through pregnancy, birth, and the early weeks postpartum. Informed choice, home visits, and the transformation that occurs during this time are some of my favourite parts of my work. I am also passionate about infant feeding and helping families find their confidence in parenting. I have a BA in Anthropology and attended Ryerson University for my midwifery degree.

When not practicing, I am usually with my three kids or dreaming of adventures with my partner. I also dabble in crafts, enjoy reading, and am very slowly learning home renovation skills.

Debra Crumb

I graduated from the midwifery program at McMaster University in 2015. I have always had a passion for health care and prior to midwifery I studied Kinesiology and worked as a personal support worker. I am so blessed by all the families I have helped over the years. I have also been fortunate to deliver both of my children with the help of my colleagues. During my spare time I can be found with my partner and our kids exploring nature through walks, hikes and travel. I also enjoy baking, board games and a good book!

Kiran Baboolal

As a young nurse I found my way to Midwifery. I entered my training at McMaster with eagerness, and have pursued further education completing my masters of Midwifery in years following. I feel fortunate to be able to care for growing families in a meaningful way. I feel very passionate about the work that I do. When I am not at work, I can be found with my partner and 3 kids trying to squeeze every moment out of life. We love being adventurous , traveling, and trying new things as often as we can.

Fiona Overgaauw

Fiona is a lifelong resident of Halton, and grateful to be working in her own community. Fiona completed the McMaster Midwifery program in 2019, and was lucky enough to spend her final year with the amazing team at the Community Midwives of Halton.
Before completing the Midwifery Education Program, Fiona was a registered social worker, focusing on counseling, and working with women (Particularly withvictims of domestic violence.)This experience heightened her passion for all aspects of women’s mental and physical health, and her commitment to ensuring the availability of accessible healthcare and mental health services in our community.

When she isn’t busy catching babies, Fiona enjoys time at her cottage, boardgames with her friends, and reading paperback novels that have no intellectual merit.
She has two beautiful dogs andfive cats, and loves meeting the pets of her clients!

Gianna Reinders

I'm thrilled to be working here at Community Midwives of Halton! After graduating from the Midwifery Education Program at McMaster University, I've made Milton my home, and am grateful that it provides proximity to both the energetic city, and rural Ontario (where my roots are).

My passion for midwifery comes from the opportunity to develop relationships with my clients. My hope is that as that relationship develops, it allows people to feel safe, supported, and cared-for as they navigate this vulnerable and life-changing time.
When the babies aren't calling my name, you can find me crafting, spending time with my family, or yelling (with excitement!) during a Raptors game.

Narissa Dudar

Narissa studied midwifery at Ryerson University. Her previous studies include biomedical engineering. She brings a variety of work and volunteer experience to her role as a midwife including being the Client Care Coordinator for the Scarborough Hospital Birth Doula Program. She is delighted to be a part of the CMOH team. She is passionate about supporting clients and families throughout the prenatal and perinatal periods. In her time off, Narissa enjoys making jewelry, painting, and spending time outdoors.

Daniela Vasconcellos

My name is Daniela and I attended the Midwifery Education Program at McMaster university. Becoming a midwife has been my dream since I gave birth to my second child in 1997 in the hands of midwives. I am originally from Brazil and I have five children, 3 boys and 2 girls. I have lived in many different countries and have had the opportunity to experience maternity care in different cultures, since my first child was born in Holland, second and third in Ireland, and fourth and fifth in Canada. This wide range of experiences has given me an understanding of how culture plays an important role in childbirth and has made me very accepting and understanding of differences. I have a passion for supporting and empowering women to make informed choices and be full participants during their pregnancy, birth and parenting journey.

While I waited for the right time in my life to pursue my dream of becoming a midwife, I became a childbirth educator and doula. I also a trained as a breastfeeding counselor and have volunteered in the past with Halton Breastfeeding Connection supporting mothers in their breastfeeding journey.

I live in Burlington and, (when midwifery allows me) love spending time with my family. I enjoy camping, gardening and healthy cooking. I am looking forward to being part of your care during this amazing and life-changing time.

Samantha Doak

I am so excited to be working here at Community Midwives of Halton! I’ve called the wonderful city of Oakville home since graduating from the McMaster University Midwifery Education Program, but I am originally from the Niagara region.

My love for women’s health brought me to midwifery, and the relationships I get to build with my clients continues to drive me. I am so honoured to have the opportunity to see so many families grow, and to be part of the journey with them.

When I’m not in clinic or catching babies, I am likely snuggling with my dog and/or working on a new crochet project!

Office Administrators

Sandra

Georgina