Meet our Midwives!
All of our midwives are registered with the College of Midwives of Ontario, are active members of the Association of Ontario Midwives, and hold current certifications in Neonatal Resuscitation, CPR and Emergency Skills.
KANMANI GURUSWAMI, RM
My name is Kamani Guruswami, most people call me "Kay". I am one of the midwives here at Kensington Midwives. I have been here since April, 2000, when we first opened our doors as Access Midwives of Toronto. I received my formal training as a midwife from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario and was awarded a Bachelor of Health Sciences with Honours in Midwifery. As a newly graduated midwife, in the fall of 1996, I moved to Toronto. I worked at the Midwives Collective of Toronto for four years. In the years before starting the Midwifery Education Program I worked as a doula and childbirth educator. I also attended home births with midwives in the Vancouver area. I spent time tree-planting, waitressing and traveling. In 1990, I completed a Bachelors of Biology at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario.
My heritage includes a father who was born in Tamilnadu, India who came to Canada in 1965 to complete his Masters in Civil Engineering. My mother came to Canada in 1966 from Switzerland where she was born; she studied at McGill University and achieved a Ph.D. in Mathematics. I was born in Calgary, Alberta, and have two siblings. We grew up in Montreal and Ottawa and regularly travelled as a family to India and Europe. I now live in the Kensington Market area. I am the mother to Zakary who was born on December 3rd, 2000. Zakary is the love of my life and the best thing that has ever happened to me.
HOULEYMATOU BAH, RM
Hello, my name is Houleymatou Bah. I chose midwifery to be my life's work because of the holistic nature of the approach, and the opportunity for the relationship building with women during this precious time of their lives.
I graduated as a midwife in Algeria, North Africa in 1988. For the next 11 years I worked in a variety of healthcare settings, including home and hospital, in Guinea, West Africa. I speak both French and English and I am the mother of two beautiful sons.
I moved to Canada in 2000 and, in 2003, entered the International Midwifery Pre-Registration Program (IMPP) at Ryerson University in Toronto. Upon completion of the program I received the Kate Corbara Award for being "Best Student". I became a Registered Midwife in Toronto in 2004 and worked in the Kingston and Kitchener-Waterloo areas. In 2006, I joined Kensington Midwives in Toronto and I am very happy to be a part of the practice where I can share my experiences with clients and learn more from each birth, as I consider learning a lifetime continuous process.
CINDY WYE, RM
Hello! My name is Cindy Wye and I am thrilled to be working as a registered midwife at Kensington Midwives.
I graduated from the Ryerson University Midwifery Education Program with Honours in 2008 at which time I received the Murray and Eleanor Enkin Midwifery Graduation Excellence Award. I completed clinical placements in Toronto and London, and was extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to catch babies in Tanzania, Africa as part of my training.
I completed a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy at Queen's University in 2000 and for the last 10 years have been working as an Occupational Therapist in both the hospital and private sectors. I find that Occupational Therapy and Midwifery have many shared philosophical values, particularly client-cenetered care and a holistic approach to practice.
I was drawn to midwifery because I believe strongly in informed choice and because I see pregnancy, childbirth and motherhood as unique and transformative experiences, ones wherein clients should feel respected and supported. I feel that midwives are in a wonderful position to foster fulfillment and confidence for clients throughout their birthing experiences, however or wherever they give birth. I am grateful for the privilege of practicing midwifery and I look forward to working with you.
I am registered with the College of Midwives and I am a member of the Association of Ontario Midwives. I hold current certifications in Neonatal Resuscitation, CPR and Emergency Skills.
CORRINE Hebden, RM
Hello, my name is Corinne Hebden. I graduated with honours from Ryerson University's Midwifery Education Program in 2008 and joined Kensington Midwives as a registered midwife that same year.
I believe midwifery care plays an important role in the support of women and their families. By empowering clients through informed choice, I hope we can enrich the experience of pregnancy and assist in supporting families in their early days of parenting.
My personal journey began in Sheffield, England. From there I immigrated to Vancouver, B.C. and completed a BFA in Theatre at the University of BC. After an exciting ten years of working as a professional stage actor, I moved to Toronto, where I met my parter and became a mother myself. As a new resident of Toronto I found that having a small infant can be very isolating. I became involved with a neighbourhood mothers' group and it was through my experiences there that my interest and passion for becoming a midwife developed.
As a registered midwife, I continue to learn and grow through my interactions with the clients who come through our practice. Each client's experience of pregnancy and childbirth is unique and it is my hope that I can play some small part in making that experience a positive one. I have been active with the Association of Ontario Midwives in helping to develop midwifery clinical practice guidelines that reflect best evidence and respect informed choice.
NOelia Greizerstein, RM (ON LEAVE)
I am very excited to be part of the team at Kensington Midwives. I graduated with honours from the Ryerson Midwifery Education program in 2014 with a Bachelor of Health Sciences. Throughout the program I was the recipient of a number of faculty awards and have been honoured to be on the Dean's List. During clinical training I had the opportunity to work in several practices around Ontario, serving clients in downtown Toronto, York Region and Thunder Bay. I have gained a wealth of inter professional experiences and have participated in an international placement with rural doctors and midwives in Patagonia, Argentina.
Prior to studying midwifery I was dedicated to the arts. I am a professional flamenco dancer and, even though I dedicate my time to midwifery, I still have an active interest in dance.
It is an honour to be part of such a strong and energetic group of midwives and support staff and I look forward to working alongside them.
SAFIRE NARANJO, RM
I was inspired to become a midwife during my travels in Hawaii when I came across the book "Spiritual Midwifery" by Ina May Gaskin. Midwifery seemed like the perfect combination of all of my passions: women's health, social justice and wellness.
My journey to become a midwife then began with an apprenticeship with a midwife in Ghana, West Africa in a remote village called Janga. I went on to become a doula and started volunteering with teenagers in Toronto, later supporting many more expecting families as a doula through labour and birth. I also began teaching prenatal yoga and yoga for childbirth classes to couples.
I completed my midwifery education at Ryerson University in 2009, after many wonderful placements in Toronto midwifery clinics and hospitals. I was born and raised in Toronto (born at St. Joseph's Health Centre) and I speak English, Spanish, and French. It feels really amazing to be working as a midwife in the community where I grew up.
I love to travel! I have travelled all over North, Central and some of South America, as well as West Africa and Europe. I love learning about birthing and midwifery practices from around the world, as I believe that midwifery is a timeless global profession. I have attended several international midwifery conferences and I spent a month learning and working with Mexican midwives in San Miguel de Allende.
I am registered with the College of Midwives of Ontario, and I am a member of the Association of Ontario Midwives. I am passionate about the philosophy of midwifery care and I am really excited to be a part of experiences and memories that last forever.
SARA CHAMBERS, RM
My name is Sara Chambers and I graduated in 2008 from the Midwifery Education Program at Ryerson University. I completed my midwifery training in Toronto and also spent time in Iqaluit, Nunavut, attending births and providing prenatal care. Prior to becoming a midwife I attended births as a doula.
I have practiced in Toronto and London, Ontario since graduation. In addition to my clinical experience, I have worked for the Ontario Midwifery Program at the Ministry of Health and have served on the Ontario Maternity Care Expert Panel. I am active in several committees with the Association of Ontario Midwives.
I strive to provide compassionate, client-cantered care through my commitment to informed choice. I believe that pregnancy and birth can be powerful, meaningful events for families and I am inspired by client's strength and the diversity of their choices.
My goal as a midwife is to help clients have positive pregnancy and birth experiences and to feel their own ability in the process. I feel honoured to be able to work with clients and their families doing something I love.
JENNIFER BREWER, RM
Bio coming soon!
COURTNEY GRAHAM, RM (ON LEAVE)
Bio coming soon!
TIFFANY CHEONG, RM
Hello! My name is Tiffany Cheong and I am very excited to be working as a Registered Midwife at Kensington Midwives! I graduated with honours from Ryerson University's Midwifery Education Program in 2016. As part of my training I have worked in Toronto and Guelph.
Prior to beginning my midwifery training, I was a student at McMaster University, graduating with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in the Health Studies Program. After I graduated, I completed a post-graduate diploma program at Mohawk College, which focused on co-occuring mental health and substance use issues. Through these academic experiences alongside volunteer work in the Hamilton community, I discovered my own passion for women's health, choice, autonomy, and accessible healthcare, all of which ultimately led me to midwifery.
I feel very grateful to work in a profession where I can provide client-centred care, and bear witness to the transformative experience of pregnancy and childbirth. I look forward to getting to know you and your families!
CJ BLENNERHASSETT, RM
Hello! I am excited to be a part of the team of amazing midwives at Kensington Midwives! I graduated with honours from the McMaster Midwifery Education Program in 2016. I was born in Nova Scotia, Canada and raised in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. I now spend time in both Ontario and Nova Scotia.
As part of my training I completed placements in Toronto, Hamilton, Nova Scotia and Doesburn, Netherlands. I believe that the philosophy of midwifery care strongly supports clients, families and communities to be actively involved in all aspects of care and in this way we are able to navigate and combat systems of oppression during a time of intense transformation.
I am Interim Chair of the Canadian Association of Midwives National Advisory Board on Gender Equity and Diversity, co-founder of a national Queer Caucus of Canadian Midwives, and a member of the Midwifery Advisory Committee at BORN Ontario. In addition to midwifery work I am an editor at Shameless, a feminist magazine for youth, a solo parent and queer activist.
I look forward to being involved in your care!
HAVA GLICK, RM
My name is Hava, and I am thrilled to be working with the team at Kensington Midwives! Prior to finding midwifery, I completed a B.A. in Psychology and Religious Studies at McGill University in Montreal and worked for many years as an educator with teen in leadership training programs.
I graduated from Ryerson University’s Midwifery Education Program in 2015. Throughout my clinical training, I have had the privilege of working in both rural and urban communities in Ontario, as well as with communities in the Northwest Territories. Having grown up in Toronto, I am excited to now be practicing in the diverse community I call home.
I am passionate about Midwifery because I see the profession as a way to support choice in healthcare and to put clients at the center of their care. I feel grateful and honoured to have the opportunity to work with individuals and families as they navigate their way through a very transformative time.
When I’m not working with families and babies, I can be found doing pottery, canoeing, making pickles, doing yoga, and tending my herb garden.
I look forward to meeting you!