The Midwifery Collective of Essex County is home to four registered midwives: Andrea Cassidy, Diane Jaworiwsky, Jessica Hebert, and Tara Farquharson. Dana Dunn manages all office responsibilities.
We are happy to have Andrea Cassidy running group programs for women in the community. If you are interested in these programs, please look at the group prenatal, postpartum, and home visit links at the top of the page.
At this time, Diane, Jessica, and Tara are the midwives providing primary midwifery care and attending home and hospital births for our clients.
Diane Jaworiwsky, R.M.
Diane Jaworiwsky graduated from the midwifery program at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario and has had the pleasure of caring for women and their families in Owen Sound, Burlington, Waterloo, London, Durham region, Leamington, and Windsor. She has attended births in rural and urban settings, at home and hospital births, and in various community agencies and health care settings.
Prior to entering the Midwifery Education Program, Diane practiced Registered Massage Therapy and provided labour support for women and their families for four years in Durham region and then six years in Windsor-Essex. She has also had the privilege of being cared for and supported by midwives through her own transition into motherhood. She is passionate about woman-centred care and maternal and fetal health.
Jessica Hebert, R.M.
Jess Hebert graduated from the midwifery program at McMaster University in 2019. She has had the privilege of being involved in the care of women and their families in Windsor, Leamington, and Essex County throughout her midwifery education. She has also been able to attend both hospitals and home births in the combination of rural and urban settings that this diverse community provides.
Jess was born and raised in Windsor, so she is excited to be providing midwifery care to her home community and the surrounding county areas. Interested in pregnancy and childbirth since childhood, and feeling medical school was not the path for her, Jess was unsure of how to incorporate her interests into a career. When she discovered midwifery, it was love at first sight. Providing education and support, facilitating informed choice, and being a witness to the growth of each family continues to fuel Jess’ passion for midwifery.
Prior to her midwifery degree, Jess obtained a Combined Honours in English and Biology from University of Windsor and participated as a co-author on a textbook entitled “Epigenetics in Society”.
Tara Farquharson, R.M.
Tara Farquharson recently graduated the International Midwifery Pre-registration Program (IMPP) at Ryerson University, in Toronto. Although Tara has recently become registered in Ontario, she received midwifery training in the United States and furthered her training as a resident midwife in a high-volume birth center in Texas. Tara fell in love with midwifery as a teenager after she had the privilege of attending a home-birth with a midwife in the United States during one summer. The experience was life changing, and it was then that she knew that taking care of mothers and babies would be her life calling. Tara is passionate about informed choice, empowerment through pregnancy and childbirth, and giving a newborn the best start possible in life.
Tara is a proud mother of four children, including a set of twins; all with whom she received midwifery care. For her time off she enjoys hiking, biking and camping with her family and Golden Retriever. Tara is new to Essex County and is grateful for the opportunity to work with the midwives and families here.
Dana, Office Administrator
Dana has been with the Midwifery Collective of Essex County since 2017 as our office administrator. She is responsible for the day to day office administration including patient scheduling. Dana has over 15 years of experience in administration and customer service. She will always greet you with a smile and is the friendly voice that will most likely greet you when you call our office. In her spare time Dana is the mother to a beautiful 4 year old aspiring gymnast/dancer/mermaid.