Barbara Kemeny graduated as a midwife from the University Woman’s Hospital Tübingen/Germany, in December 1973; completed the Ontario midwifery pre-registration program in 1993; completed the Quebec midwifery competency exams in 1993. She has extensive experience working in a variety of cultures and settings including remote and isolated areas. Ms. Kemény has taught Inuit women to become community midwives in order to keep birth in the North. She is a Neonatal Resuscitation Instructor, Fetal Surveillance Instructor, Instructor for Paramedic Emergency Skills Program (managing Childbirth Out-Of -Hospital) and an Emergency Skills Instructor. Ms. Kemény was amongst the first group of midwives to be recognized and registered in Ontario on December 31, 1993 and was one of the successful driving forces to introduce midwifery to this region. Ms. Kemény has been on the steering committee and a strong advocate in establishing the Maternity Center. She was a member of the medical executive committee at the Maternity Center and is a senior midwife in the midwifery department at Thunder Bay Regional Health Science Center. Ms. Kemény is a clinical preceptor for midwifery, nursing and medical students.
Mojgan Dostar is originally from Iran, and graduated as a midwife with Bachelor of Health Science (Midwifery) in 1994. She worked as a full time midwife in Iran at the training and private hospitals labour and delivery unit. Ms. Dostar was the supervisor of Labour and Delivery unit in a private hospital. Ms. Dostar has worked in the remote areas and experienced breech deliveries and vacuum assisted birth as allowed and has worked with people from many different social and ethnic backgrounds. Midwifery is Ms. Dostar’s passion, and she really enjoys working with pregnant and non pregnant women. Ms. Dostar moved to Canada in 2001 and graduated from McMaster University with Bachelor of Health Science (Midwifery) in 2009. She did her clinical placements in Hamilton and Toronto and she is a clinical preceptor for midwifery, nursing and medical students.
Eileen Abbey trained as a midwife in England in 1989, and has worked extensively in the more remote areas of Canada, namely the Northwest Territories, Newfoundland and Northern Saskatchewan. Ms. Abbey has worked with people from many different cultural, social and ethnic backgrounds, especially in the last 10 years with First Nations and Inuit people. Ms. Abbey gained registration with the College of Midwives of Ontario through the Prior Learning Education and Experience Assessment. Formal training is BSc. Hons. Chemistry, Registered Nurse and Registered Midwife. Ms. Abbey is a clinical preceptor for midwifery, nursing and medical students. She is also the chief of the midwifery department at Thunder Bay Regional Health Science Center. She has been practicing midwifery in Thunder Bay since 2000.
Carey Murphy is a graduate from the Midwifery Education Program with a Bachelor of Health Science-Midwifery degree from Laurentian University. Carey was born and raised in Thunder Bay and has strong ties to the community. She and her husband have two children that were born into the hands of midwives. Prior to entering midwifery, Carey worked as a doula for several years, supporting women through their pregnancy and birth experiences. Carey was also active in the consumer group Advocates for Northern Midwifery Care who promotes and supports midwifery in the community. Additionally, Carey has a diploma in Early Childhood Education and has worked with young children and families for many years. Carey is extremely pleased to be practicing in this community.
Krista Lysenko graduated from nursing in 2008 from York University. From there she focused her nursing career on getting experience that would be beneficial to work towards her dream of becoming a midwife. Over the next four years working in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Vancouver and Anchorage, Alaska as well as Labour and Delivery in Yellowknife helped her gain the experience she needed to pursue a career in midwifery. Krista graduated with honors from the post- Baccalaureate Midwifery program at Ryerson University after doing placements in Toronto and British Columbia. Krista is thrilled to be at Maternity Care Midwives and part of the Thunder Bay Community.
Megan Seargeant is a graduate from the Midwifery Education Program with a Bachelor of Health Science-Midwifery degree from Ryerson University. Her previous academic background includes a Bachelor of Arts- International Development from Dalhousie University where she focused on global and Northern challenges surrounding infant and maternal health. Megan was born and raised in Kaministiquia and Thunder Bay. She is excited to return home to practice midwifery in her home community and passionate about expanding the number of women able to receive midwifery care in the North Western Ontario Region. In her free time, she enjoys rock climbing, hiking, canoeing and camping.
Sandra Shymko graduated from the Midwifery Education Program in 2002 with a Bachelor of Health Sciences-Midwifery degree from McMaster University. Sandra was born and raised in Thunder Bay, and her previous career was as a Teamster/Farmer/Interpreter at Old Fort William for 18 years. Sandra completed her clinical placements in Guelph, London and Ottawa, and was thrilled to return to Thunder Bay to work in her community in the city and region she loves so much. Sandra is a clinical preceptor for midwifery, nursing and medical students.