- Janette Batacharya
- Naomi Wolfe
- Sarah Atkinson
- Courtney Dini
- Dawn (Mandy) Commonda
- Natalie Leduc
- Nicole Boudreault
- Dana Cooper
Janette Batacharya, Partner, RM, BA, BSC, BHSC-Midwifery
I have been a Registered Midwife in Ontario since 2002 and Owner/Partner of the practice since 2005. My previous education and experiences are what drove my interest to become involved in Women’s Health. I have three degrees, two from Lakehead University in Women’s Studies and Indigenous Learning and a Science degree in Biology. I entered the Midwifery Education Program at McMaster University in 1997. I am a proud mother of two wonderful boys, both delivered with midwives one in hospital and one at home. My clinical experience has been shared in the form of teaching and clinical preceptoring students from the Midwifery Education Program since 2003. Midwifery and my career as a midwife has taken my around the world and I am very interested in getting more active with women’s health and women’s rights internationally.
I attended the International Congress of Midwives conference in Glasgow with 4000 midwives from around the world. I love being a midwife and hope to be doing this important work for many years to come. I have attended close to 1000 deliveries in Southern Ontario and here in Sudbury as a primary and back-up midwife. I plan to further my education for a master’s and PHD in the years to come to further advocate for women and babies through research and development of Midwifery in Canada. I look forward to meeting you and your family and working together collaboratively for the best possible midwifery experience!
Naomi Wolfe, Registered Midwife, Aboriginal Midwife
(on Mat-Leave until January 2016)
My name is Naomi Wolfe. I trained as a Midwife at the Aboriginal Midwifery Training Program in Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. I recently completed the International Midwifery Preregistration Program at Ryerson University. I am very honoured to be joining Midwives of Sudbury for my New Registrant year.
As a First Nations woman I am very passionate about preserving our culture and traditions. I am dedicated to improving experiences, providing access to culturally sensitive and relevant care and restoring birth back into our homes and communities. I am a long-time Breastfeeding advocate and in my spare time I am training to become Lactation Consultant at the Newman Breastfeeding Clinic. Together with my husband and 2 beautiful daughters, I participate in our traditional dances and spend the summer months traveling throughout North America to competition Powwows. Chi-Meegwetch for allowing me to be involved in your care.
Sarah Atkinson, Registered Midwife
(going on Mat-Leave as of September 2015)
Hello Everyone! My name is Sarah Atkinson. I am a graduate of the Midwifery education Program here in Sudbury. Before studying Midwifery, I obtained a Diploma in Massage Therapy from Sault College, In Sault Ste Marie. I grew up in a small town about 8 hours north of Sudbury, but have been living in the Sudbury area now for the last 9 years.
I am a mother to a beautiful daughter, who I also had with Midwives ever since that experience I quickly fell in love with the Midwifery profession, and thrilled to be able to experience the most natural and motivating experience out there. I have had the privilege of working with other health care professionals and gaining the experiences associated with placement.
In my spare time I love doing sporting activities, such as running, baseball, soccer, volleyball, and spending time with my daughter. I look forward to meeting each and every one of my clients and being part of your most wonderful experience.
Courtney Dini, Registered Midwife
(on Mat-Leave until January 2016)
Hi! My name is Courtney Dini. I graduated from the School of Midwifery at Laurentian University in 2011 and I’m very excited to be starting off my career here in my home town of Sudbury.
My journey into Midwifery began in 2000 with my most empowering experience of becoming pregnant. I chose care by a midwives and it has been one of the best choices in my lifetime. The extra time, care, and support I received inspired me to become a nurse and choose a career in a caring profession. After few years, and two more births with midwives, I decided to go back to school and pursue a career in midwifery. In school I have had placements in both Sudbury and in Toronto so I`ve been lucky enough to work with all types of women and families, gaining a variety of experiences along the way.
In my spare time I enjoy reading, bike riding, swimming and baking with my husband and three lovely daughters. I can`t wait to meet all my new clients, and I`m so grateful to be part of your pregnancy and birth experiences.
Dawn (Mandy) Commonda, Registered Midwife
Kwey Kakina! / Hello Everyone,
My name is Dawn (Mandy) Commonda and I have recently graduated from the Midwifery Education Program through Laurentian University.
I am a proud Anishinabekwe from the Algonquin Nation of Kitigan Zibi, Quebec. I am also a wife to a very supportive husband and a mother to the three most understanding children in the world. I am very honoured to be joining Midwives of Sudbury in September for my New Registrant year.
Before entering the MEP I was an Early Childhood Educator. It was through that career where I became interested in midwifery. As an educator in the infant program I heard countless birth stories and realized that many women wanted an alternative to the standard, medicalized approach to birth. It therefore became my dream to offer such care to them.
My main midwifery training took place at Seventh Generation Midwives Toronto which has a focus on bringing birth back to Aboriginal women and their families in a manner that is culturally sensitive. As an Aboriginal midwife, my goal is to provide culturally sensitive care to clients of Aboriginal ancestry as well as keeping an open mind to other cultures and ethnicities and their birth traditions and teachings.
It is my dream to eventually return home and offer my midwifery skill to the women and families of my community. In the meantime, I look forward to working with staff and clients at Midwives of Sudbury over the next year.
Natalie Leduc, Registered Midwife
My name is Natalie Leduc, I am one of the midwives here at Midwives of Sudbury. I am originally from this area, but have moved to many places through my midwifery career. I completed the French Midwifery Education Program at Laurentian University. I feel extremely lucky to be working here in Sudbury, caring for and helping families through this amazing time in there lives. Just a little about me, I love spending time with my family and friends. I enjoy playing soccer, watching movies, playing board games and hanging out with my dog.
I can’t wait to meet you and your family, so that we can work together to get the pregnancy and birth that you would like to experience.
Nicole Boudreault, Registered Midwife
I am a recent graduate of the Midwifery Education Program at Laurentian University. I have been living in Greater Sudbury for the last 16 years. I have since had three children of my own in which each of my births was supported by midwives, which is where I became interested in the midwifery profession. Previous to entering the program, I worked as a Registered Dental Hygienist for 9 years. I’m very grateful for this opportunity to assist and follow you during your pregnancy and your birth. I am eager to be working with my new team and to meet you. See you soon!
Je suis présentement nouvelle gradué du programme de sage-femme de l’Université Laurentienne. Je vis à Sudbury depuis les 16 dernières années. J’ai 3 enfants avec qui j’ai suivi une sage-femme. C’est dû à ses moments qui m’ont mouvementé, que je me suis intéressé à la profession. Aussi, avant d’entrer dans le programme, j’ai travaillé comme hygiéniste dentaire pendant 9 ans. J’apprécie l’occasion de vous supporter pendant votre grossesse, le travail ainsi les soins post natale. J’ai hâte de continuer à faire part de cette équipe de sage-femmes ainsi de faire votre connaissance. À bientôt!
Dana Cooper, Registered Midwife