Onkwehon:we Midwives Collective

Our Team

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Jasmine Benedict

Lead Midwife & Clinical Director

  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from St. Lawrence University
  • Birthwise Midwifery School in Bridgton, Maine
  • Preceptorship in New Zealand
  • Functional & Integrative Medicine Professional Training Program
  • IBCLC

Shé:kon! My name is Jasmine Kahentineshen Benedict. I am the Lead Midwife and Clinical Director for the Onkwehón:we Midwives Collective. I am a member of the Ronathahión:ni (Wolf Clan). I have had a lifelong interest in holistic health and medicines.  Upon my return from New Zealand, I began serving the Akwesasne community, offering homebirth that embraces Haudenosaunee cultural knowledge and modern midwifery care. 

Tehya Karonhianonwes Benedict

Midwife’s Assistant

  • Midwife Assistant Certification
  • NRP
  • Functional Patterns
  • 200hr Yoga Certification
  • Anatomy Show certification
  • Herbal Educator certification

Shé:kon, my name is Tehya Karonhianonwes Benedict.

Mandy Commonda

Midwifery/Clinical Advisor

  • Ontario Midwifery Education program at Laurentian University in Sudbury

Kwey Kakina! (Hello everyone) My name is Mandy Commonda and I am an Algonquin midwife from Kitigan Zibi, just north of Ottawa/Gatineau.  I have been working with Onkwehon:we Midwives Collective as their Midwifery/Clinical Advisor since December 2019. I have been a midwife since 2014 after graduating from the Ontario Midwifery Education program at Laurentian University in Sudbury. I came into midwifery after hearing many disappointing and unjust birth stories from mothers bringing in their babies while working in childcare.  It made me realize how much women from my community – and all other First Nation communities – need safe and culturally appropriate prenatal, labour and birth, and postpartum care.  This dream will soon enough be a reality after a very long road. My passions include spending as much time as I can with my husband, my 22-year-old son, and my 17-year-old twin daughters.  I love to bead and sew regalia, camping and pontoon-ing and pow wow-ing in the summer, and being a broomball mom in the winter.

Anastasia George

Interim Executive Director

  • Sport Management, Public Health, Native American Studies, Syracuse University 
  • Community Health-Exercise Science, SUNY Potsdam
  • Continuing education at Tohono O’odham Community College
  • Continuing education at Gatorade Sports Science Institute
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer

Pamela Pembleton

Executive Assistant

  • Pre-Health Sciences, St. Lawrence College

Shé:kon! My name is Pamela Pembleton. I am the Program Assistant at the Onkwehonwe Midwives Collective. I joined the team in January of 2020. I have spent much of my career in an assistant role as I enjoy the behind the scenes work. I joined the OMC team because I am passionate about women’s health and wellness, the birthing cycle of life and overall health of my community. I am a widowed mom to 2 wildly hilarious boys, Rakwirahes and Rarontiiostha. I enjoy reading, playing outside, making tea and laughing.