Heather Mason, RM
I’m Heather, and I feel very fortunate to be able to work with such a fabulous group of midwives, helping families like yourselves through such an exciting time. I came to midwifery after a BA in Psychology and a career in Web Development. My hobbies were always in sport and health: I used to run sailing programs across the country, row competitively, coach. I loved it, but coaching, however rewarding, falls distinctly into the ‘volunteer’ category of income streams.
I returned to my studies to prep for med school, but then had my daughter with the help of midwives. The level of care was extraordinary! I knew I could make a difference in this model of care. So now, I still coach… but it’s women through contractions, or partners in putting on that first diaper at 4am (psst- if it goes on backward, the baby won’t tell, and neither will I).
I still try to get on the water, when I can. I spend as much time as I can with my family. I knit, I craft. Professionally, I’m passionate about research and interprofessional models of care – improving the system. I teach courses in managing emergencies for the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada and the Canadian Paediatric Society, (ALARM and NRP). I look forward to meeting you!
Josée Nolet, RM
My name is Josée (Jo-zay) and I am a midwife with Generations Midwifery Care. I come from a small Northern Ontario town called Hearst. I grew up in Hearst with my parents and my 2 brothers. I was privileged to grow up surrounded by a large extended family on both my mom and dad’s side. Family is very important to me and it was my first introduction to community and it was a profound one. It has shaped my life and led me to where I am today.
These days I live far enough from my extended family who have also spread their wings across this beautiful country of ours. I live in Perth, Ontario. If you have never visited Perth, I strongly encourage you to do so. It is a beautiful, 200 year old, heritage village with lots of amazing artists, shops, music, theatre and people who are kind, and caring.
I have been catching babies for 16 years now. I have worked in a large variety of settings. I have worked in the big, busy tertiary care hospitals, Level 2 and 1 hospitals, Health Centers, Birth Center and at home. Today I have privileges at the Ottawa Birth and Wellness Center, the Brockville General Hospital and of course, your home if you choose a home birth!
I love being a midwife. I love the connections that I get to make with people. I really enjoy sharing my love and wonder of the birthing process with people. I also appreciate that I get to share all the relevant, up-to-date information that people need in order to make the best decisions for themselves and their family.
I was made for this life of a midwife and it has taken me a long time to find my “groove” in this life. I have worked very hard to find my balance point. I now work less than full-time and have a small homestead and a large garden with my family. I am also part of a wonderful community in the Perth area that keeps me busy and fills my spirit as well.
I look forward to meeting you and getting to know you!
Becca Raper, RM
Hi, I’m Becca and I’ve had the honour of working with this amazing group of midwives since 2014. I graduated from the MEP at Laurentian University in 2006 and have been working in rural Eastern Ontario since then. I have a previous degree in BioMedical Science from Guelph University, where I discovered midwifery after volunteering in a practice there. I have a passion for teaching midwifery, which brought me to the Arctic on and off for four years. I’ve also been teaching for the MEP since 2009. As a family, we are passionate about sustainable living and are slowly building our off-the-grid homestead. I have three wonderful, crazy kids and a very supportive hubby. We also adore traveling and camping, which takes up all of my off call time!
Genia Stephen, RM, IBCLC
Hi. I’m Genia. Welcome to Generations! I grew up just outside of Toronto and moved to the Brockville area in 2006. I have a degree from the University of Toronto in Philosophy and Women’s Studies and a Bachelor of Health Sciences in Midwifery degree from Ryerson University. I have been an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant since 2010. I continue to study and teach about disability and anti-discrimination. I became a midwife because this allows me to practice preventative health care, share in and honour the childbearing year and support women and families in both typical and complicated situations. I have two kids and a big family. I really enjoy hanging out in all that chaos! I like to read and study and I have a passion for travelling. I am very slowly and painfully learning to play the guitar. I look forward to meeting you and getting to know you and your family.
Becky Yurkowski, RM
Hello! I’m Becky. I joined Generations in May 2016 as a senior midwifery student, and I am thrilled to continue working here as a registered midwife. I grew up on the west coast of the United States, and moved to Regina, Saskatchewan to attend university in 2006. My first degrees are from the University of Regina in English and German Studies, and I have a Bachelor of Health Sciences in Midwifery from Laurentian University. Midwifery called to me because of the continuity of care aspect. Building relationships with my clients over the course of the year is my favourite part of midwifery care. Outside of midwifery, I am a mama to two lovely little people and a partner to my best friend. I love to spend time with my family, research, travel, knit, quilt, and sew. I look forward to walking with you in this new adventure!
Leah Timmermann, RM
My name is Leah Timmermann, and it is a privilege to join Generations Midwifery as a locum Midwife. I am looking forward to getting to know you and your family!
I was born and raised in a village in the Ottawa Valley and have since lived all over Eastern Ontario. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Health Studies from Queen’s University, and my Bachelor of Midwifery at the University of British Columbia. I practiced Midwifery in British Columbia before deciding to return to my beautiful home province!
Throughout my years of Midwifery education, I discovered the transformative power of pregnancy and birth. My favourite moments are witnessing parents realize that if they can do that! (grow, sustain and birth a human being), then they can do anything! I believe in the ability of pregnant persons to make the very best decisions for themselves, their bodies, their babies and their families.
In my spare time, I like to go camping, garden, and be outside. I am also hoping to acquire my hunting licence. I enjoy reading and knitting in the colder months. I am thrilled to be joining Generations Midwifery and look forward to meeting you!