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


My desire to become a midwife began in high school as I observed my cousin’s pregnancy and birth. Throughout university, while I was studying biology, it became clear that working with women as a midwife to help empower and give them choice throughout their pregnancies and births was the best choice for me.

I graduated from the Midwifery Education Program at Laurentian University in 2005. All my training took place in Sudbury, Manitoulin Island and Sault Ste. Marie.

In 2006 I moved to Langley, British Columbia and practiced midwifery there for three years. I had the wonderful opportunity to attend many homebirths and work out of three hospitals in the Langley area. However Northern Ontario is home for me.  In November 2009 I returned to Sudbury to be close to my family. I teach at Laurentian in the Midwifery Education Program. In my spare time I enjoy being with my family, being outside, and travelling.

Sara Vildis


Hello! My name is Sara Vildis. I was born and raised in Lively, Ontario. In 2006, I entered the Midwifery Education Program at Laurentian University in Sudbury. Throughout my training, I did placements in Sudbury, Barrie and Alliston. After graduating from the Midwifery Education Program in 2010, I worked as a midwife in Owen Sound for two years. While working in Owen Sound and surrounding areas, I had the opportunity to attend many homebirths, both in rural and in urban settings. I moved back to Sudbury in 2012 and have enjoyed working with Sudbury Community Midwives and being back in my hometown. My passions in midwifery are water birth and breastfeeding.

In my spare time I love to run and do outdoor activities. In the Spring and Summer you can find me on my stand-up paddleboard, and in the Winter, I enjoy snowshoeing and ice fishing.  I look forward to meeting you, and being a part of a very special time in your family’s life.

Trina Desjardins


Hello! My name is Trina Desjardins. I am a graduate of the Laurentian University Midwifery Program. Sudbury has always been my home, although I have moved around a bit throughout the years. Before entering the midwifery program, I completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology and history at the University of Guelph. Throughout my midwifery education, I completed placements in Belleville, Ottawa, Scarborough, and Sudbury. I began my midwifery career in Hamilton. I feel very fortunate to now be practicing in my home community.

I have a strong passion for women’s health and am continuously inspired by the strength, courage and power of my clients. I feel very lucky to be able to work within this profession and do what I love. When I’m not busy with women and babies, I enjoy spending time with my partner, friends and family, travelling, cooking, reading and spending time outside with my dog.

Look forward to meeting you!

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.