Meet The Midwives

Buffy Fulton-Breathat

BScN, BHScM, MMedSci, RN, RM

A partner and senior midwife with Sudbury Community Midwives, Buffy came to midwifery through a nursing background, and worked on the James Bay Coast after receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Laurentian University.

In 1996 she graduated summa cum laude in the first class of the Ontario Midwifery Education Program, and was awarded an Honours Bachelor of Health Sciences (Midwifery). She graduated cum laud with a Masters degree in Medical Science (Maternity Care) with the University of Sheffield in 2012. In her midwifery work, Buffy is especially passionate about breastfeeding and pregnancy/ birth being viewed as a normal part of life’s experiences.

Buffy has had a career-long commitment to student education; in 2016 she accepted a full-time faculty position a Laurentian University. She continues to practice midwifery part-time, teaches at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and is a clinical preceptor for undergraduate  students.

Buffy served on the board of the Association of Ontario Midwives from 1998-2000, and was the Head of the HSN Service of Midwifery for 9 years. She is registered with the College of Midwives of Ontario, and the College of Nurses of Ontario. She maintains membership with the Association of Ontario Midwives, the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada, and the American College of Obstetricians.

When not working, Buffy enjoys playing softball, travelling, and snowmobiling with her husband and son.

Debbie Younger


Debbie has been a practice partner and full time midwife with the Sudbury Community Midwives since June 1998. She has a strong commitment and passion to help support and educate women and their families throughout their pregnancy and birthing experiences. Debbie enjoys precepting midwifery and medical students and she participates on the Patient Care Team for the Labour and Delivery Unit at the Sudbury Regional Hospital.

Debbie also has a Diploma in Nursing from Cambrian College, and she worked as a Registered Nurse prior to entering the Midwifery Education Program at Laurentian University in 1994.  When not working, Debbie enjoys camping, scuba diving, and traveling with her husband and two children.

Meredith Crowder


Both a practice partner and senior midwife, Meredith has been a registered midwife with Sudbury Community Midwives since 1999.  A graduate from the Midwifery Education Program at McMaster University, Meredith completed her practical training in North Bay, Sault Ste Marie, London, Guelph, Kitchener and Sudbury. Prior to midwifery, Meredith completed a four-year Bachelor of Biological Science degree at the University of Guelph. It was in the barns at Guelph University working on a foaling/lambing research project that she fell in love with birth, maternal instincts and care of the newborn.  Meredith participates actively in hospital committee work, advocating for midwives and their clients through policy development.  She is currently serving her third term as Head Midwife at Health Sciences North (HSN).   Meredith is passionate about non interventive birth and loves helping moms with breastfeeding.  In her spare time Meredith enjoys spending time with her husband and three children.  They love camping, kayaking, hiking and biking.  You will often find her around the pool, hockey rink or horse riding arena watching her kids, and when time permits she is also an instructor in fetal health surveillance and emergency skills training for health professionals.


Lynne Sullivan


Lynne graduated from the Laurentian Midwifery Education Programme in 2003. She has had the opportunity to work in several different communities throughout her midwifery placements, including Sault Ste-Marie, Sudbury, Ottawa, and Carleton Place.  Following her graduation, she completed her New Registrant’s year with the Ottawa Valley Midwives.

Lynne joined the Sudbury Community Midwives in 2005. In the fall of 2010, she was elected Head of Service of Midwifery at Health Sciences North, where she served a three year term. She has also had the opportunity to be part of the breastfeeding committee at the hospital. Lynne is committed to the growth of midwifery in Ontario and regularly acts as a preceptor for students at the Midwifery Education Program.

As a Sudbury area native, Lynne feels fortunate to be able to work and also raise her children here in Sudbury.

Nicole Conway


Nicole grew up in Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland and Labrador and attended Memorial University of Newfoundland where she completed a Bachelor of Science Degree in Behavioural Neuroscience. In 2003 Nicole left her home and moved to Sudbury, Ontario, where she completed the Midwifery Education Program at Laurentian University. She joined the Sudbury Community Midwives after her graduation in 2007.

Nicole holds a sessional appointment at Laurentian University, and has taught in the Midwifery Education Programme since 2010. She is a member of the Association of Ontario Midwives, and is registered with the College of Midwives of Ontario.

Shelley-Ann Clarke-Dolby


Shelley graduated from the Midwifery Education Program at Laurentian University in 2005. Her training included placements in Sudbury, Manitoulin Island and Sault Ste. Marie.  She has had the opportunity to work in British Columbia and Ontario.  Northern Ontario is home and she returned to Sudbury in 2009 and has been happy to be working with families here since.

Shelley’s passion for midwifery stems from wanting to empower women and give them choice throughout their pregnancies and births that works best for them and their family.

She is a sessional instructor in the midwifery education program at Laurentian and enjoys precepting students in their clinical placements. In her spare time she enjoys being outside and travelling with her husband and two children.

Sara Vildis


Sara was born and raised in Lively, Ontario. In 2006, Sara entered the Midwifery Education Program at Laurentian University in Sudbury. Throughout her training, she did placements in Sudbury, Barrie and Alliston. After graduating from the Midwifery Education Program in 2010, Sara worked as a midwife in Owen Sound for two years. While working in Owen Sound and surrounding areas, she had the opportunity to attend many homebirths, both in rural and in urban settings.

Sara moved back to Sudbury in 2012 and enjoys working with Sudbury Community Midwives and being back in her hometown. Sara’s passions in midwifery are water birth and breastfeeding. Sara also is a member of the Baby Friendly Initiative committees at both Health Sciences North and Sudbury and District Health Unit.

In her spare time Sara loves to run, cycle and do outdoor activities. In the warmer months Sara enjoys stand-up paddleboarding and kayaking, and in the Winter she enjoys snowshoeing with her dog and ice fishing adventures. When not outdoors, Sara enjoys sewing projects and DIY home projects.

Trina Desjardins


Born and raised in Lively, Trina has always called Sudbury home.  Prior to entering the midwifery program in 2007, she completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and History at the University of Guelph. Throughout her midwifery education she has completed placements in Belleville, Ottawa, Scarborough, and Sudbury. Trina moved to Hamilton for her New Registrant’s year and feels very fortunate to now be practicing in her home community.

Trina has a strong passion for women’s health and is continuously inspired by the strength, courage and power of her clients. She feels very grateful to be able to work within this profession and serve the women of Sudbury and the surrounding areas.  Trina also enjoys participating in clinic teaching at the Laurentian Midwifery Education Program.

In her spare time, Trina enjoys spending time with her partner, family and friends.  She loves traveling, cooking, and enjoying the outdoors with her dog, Tug..


Natalie Macleod

Hello! I am a Sudbury native and am very happy to have the opportunity to provide care to women from my community. Sudbury is also where I completed most of my midwifery education, obtaining my degree from Laurentian University. I graduated in 2013 and completed my New Registrant’s year in Owen Sound, Ontario.

Prior to studying midwifery, I obtained a Bachelor of Science in psychology and biology. It was at this point that my interest in women’s health and midwifery began. After an opportunity to work alongside midwives in my home community, my enthusiasm for the midwifery model of care only grew further.

I am passionate about promoting informed choice and providing the best care to women and their families throughout their pregnancy, labor and birth. I look forward to meeting with you and feel privileged to be involved in your care during this very exciting time.

Naomi Wolfe

Naomi Wolfe is a Registered Aboriginal Midwife.  Her interest in Midwifery began with her own struggles as a new mother.  She quickly became passionate about supporting mothers and families and providing culturally relevant care.  Naomi has been providing midwifery care in Sudbury since 2010.  In addition to the care provided to clients at Sudbury Community Midwives, she also provides midwifery services to Indigenous families at Shkagamik-Kwe Aboriginal Health Access Centre.

She is a strong advocate for restoring and reclaiming traditions around birth and new life.  She believes that each birth is a ceremony and feels very fortunate to share in that journey with families.

Naomi is a huge breastfeeding advocate and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.  She spent a good portion of her LC training at the Jack Newman Breastfeeding Clinic in Toronto.

When not providing midwifery care, Naomi can be often found in an arena, dance studio or boxing gym with one of her four children!  Her hobbies include traveling to powwows, sewing, running, camping and spending time outdoors.