JENNIFER THOMSON, RM
Jennifer is a Scottish-trained midwife. Having qualified in 2000, she then worked in a maternity hospital in England for her first year. After starting a family of her own, she moved back up to Scotland and worked as midwife for the Greater Glasgow Health Board. Life went in a different direction when, at the end of 2010, she moved to Canada with her husband and 2 sons.
Since gaining her midwifery registration here in Canada, she has enjoyed practicing with a smaller client load than a busy maternity hospital with over 3000 deliveries a year! Jennifer worked for 3 years with the Lucina Midwives in Edmonton and is so excited to be starting St. Albert’s first midwifery practice!
ANNA GIMPEL, RM
Anna completed the International Midwifery Pre-registration Program at Ryerson University in Toronto in May 2014. She was born and raised in Ukraine, but at the age of nineteen, moved to Israel where she married and became a mother to four lovely children. She is extremely thankful for the support from her husband Simon and her family that allows her to live her love of midwifery.
From her early teens, Anna had a passion for babies and pregnancy. Prior to studying midwifery, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Nursing degree at Tel Aviv University, and worked as a Registered Nurse in Postpartum Department, Community Health Centre, and Labour & Delivery Room. She was blessed to work with many inspirational practitioners whose loving hands guided her work. Three years later, she graduated from the midwifery postgraduate program, fulfilling her long-awaited dream of becoming a midwife. She practiced midwifery in Israel until her family chose to come to Edmonton. Anna practiced with the Lucina Midwives for one year before starting St. Albert Community Midwives.
Anna believes that pregnancy and birth are a natural and exciting time in life and feels very happy every time she witnesses the miracle of birth and the transformation of a new family. It is her belief that every woman deserves to make her own decisions and have a gentle and safe birth.
JANELLE MCLEOD, RM
I am very happy and excited to be returning to my home province to join the amazing midwives in this community. Edmonton has always held a special place in my heart and I knew it was the only place I truly wanted to plant my midwife roots. To me midwifery is the perfect marriage between science and respecting the traditions in pregnancy and birth so often forgotten. Holding a sacred space for women during this time is a gift and responsibility, one I do not take lightly.
I have been a part of a busy practice in British Columbia since graduating from Mount Royal’s Midwifery program in 2015. I have met many amazing women and lovely babes along the way and look forward to meeting many more.