Our Midwives

Patty McNiven RM

Patty McNiven


Professional Background

Patty started practicing midwifery in 1982 in Toronto. Prior to that she worked as a nurse in Labour and Delivery and the NICU as well as being a childbirth educator. In 1993, McMaster University implemented the first midwifery education program in Canada. Since she was a practicing midwife completing a PhD in the faculty of medicine at the University of Toronto, she was recruited to teach in Hamilton where she has lived and worked ever since.

Commitment to Midwifery Practice

In addition to being a practice partner at CMOH, Patty holds a faculty position at McMaster University as an Associate Professor in the Midwifery Education Program, department of Family Medicine. She was an elected member of the McMaster University Board of Governors as well as a member of the University Senate. Patty is the president and a founding board member of the Canadian Association of Midwifery Education, and is the editor-in-chief of the Canadian Journal of Midwifery Research and Practice (CJMRP).

Off Call Time

When Patty isn’t working you will likely find her spending time with her family. She has three children and five grandchildren.