Community Midwives of Kingston

Meet Our Students:

Community Midwives of Kingston is a teaching practice. We have two or three students each year from the university based Midwifery Education Program. It is essential to provide prenatal, birth and postnatal experiences for midwifery students, and to have them follow women through their pregnancy and birth. By involving a student in your care, you contribute to the education of furture midwives in our community. First year students will be with us for 4 months, and their primary focus will be on learning prenatal and postnatal examinations and attending births as helpers and observers. Second, third and fourth year students will be with us for up to a year under the supervision of your midwives. They will take on greater responsibilities as their skills increase, including managing labours and delivering babies. Students are always under the direct supervision of a Registered Midwife. As part of their clinical education they will be involved in all aspects of your care. They will always work under the supervision of one of the registered midwives. We appreciate your support in our endeavors to have well trained future midwives.  For more information of the Midwifery Education Program (MEP) click on the "Resources" tab at the top of the page.  There are links to all three MEP sites: McMaster University, Laurentian University and Ryerson University.

We also occasionally have Nursing, Nurse Practioner and Medical students following us during clinic days and in some cases they would come to births as well.  Student involvement is always up to you but again we encourage you to consider this an opportunity for interdiscipinary growth for midwifery; giving future nurses and doctors insight into the benefits of midwifery and knowledge of our scope.

 

BRYONY RITCHIE

(preceptors Kelli Siegwart and Lindsay MacDougall)

My name is Bryony Ritchie and I am currently in my fourth and final year of the Midwifery Education Program through Laurentian University.  I will be completing my degree here - with the midwives and families of the Community Midwives of Kingston - from May 2015 to March 2016. 

After graduating from Queens University in 2010 with a degree in drama and music, I took off to travel through South America and Canada.  It was during these travels that I realized my desire to become a midwife: the wellbeing of a woman is the wellbeing of her community, regardless of where she lives. I was accepted into the MEP in 2012, and have since completed clinical placements in Barrie, Guelph, Peterborough and Parry Sound.  

I’m very excited to be continuing my education in Kingston.  Thank you for welcoming me into your community and your care.