Barbara has been performing out-of-hospital births for over 16 years, and caring for prenatal, laboring and postnatal women for over three decades. In 2011, she moved from Indiana, where she owned and operated two freestanding birth centers, to Brooklyn to be with her family. After almost a year as Interim Director at Brooklyn Birthing Center, she is now helping women who choose out-of-hospital birth have this joyful experience in their homes. She has been helping families create the experience they want in a home birth in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx.
Barbara is a Certified Nurse-Midwife, and has worked in the past as an RN and Nurse Manager in labor and delivery, a nursing instructor for RN students and nurse practitioners, a preceptor for midwifery students, as well as a prenatal instructor for parents-to-be. She has an extensive primary care background, as well as in women's health, peri menopausal, and family planning.
Barbara has a true belief in the power of birth. The process is designed beautifully, and normal births should be allowed to proceed in a normal fashion. Barbara believes it is her job to worry about the details, allowing the birthing mother to instead focus on her body and the power of the natural labor process.
Jeanette Breen, CNM
I am a homebirth midwife on Long Island offering holistic midwifery services including pregnancy and birth, well-woman gyn-ecology, menopausal counseling using natural hormonal replacement and women's primary healthcare.
It has been my honor and privilege to serve women and their families since 1984.
My education in midwifery was at Columbia University and I currently have eight grandchildren.
Yuen Kwan Chan is a New York State CNM, and OB/GYN NP since 2009. She started her career as a RN at NorthShore University Level 3 NICU since 2007. She received her BSN, MSN degrees from Stony Brook University on 2009 while she was a nurse in NICU. During her time at North Shore LIJ, she discovered her true passion for women health and babies. Being fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin, she has devoted most of her midwifery career to empower women about natural birth through education and providing individualized care for women in the Asian community.
Since then, she had over a few thousands of successful deliveries during her career over the past decade. She even further her education to better serve the community by getting her Doctorate in Midwifery and women's health in 2014. With a multi-diverse experience in different birth settings range from Hospital, Birthing Center and Home birth, Yuen Kwan is confident and experiences in providing each woman the birth of their dream. She believes that every women deserve the best and individualized care and to remember this precious moment of their life.
She has affiliations and delivering privileges with NYU Langone hospital, Maimonides Medical Center and Brooklyn Birthing Center. With the passion of education, she is also an adjunct faculty member at Adelphi University's College of Nursing. She is a certified lactation consultant (CLC). She is passionate about breastfeeding and helping mothers with infant care.
Nicole Chen is a Certified Nurse Midwife. Born in Queens, raised in the Northeast section of the Bronx, and now resides in Mount Vernon, Westchester.
Nicole earned her Bachelors Degree in Nursing At Lehman College. Nicole is a graduate of the Midwifery Program at New York University, where she received her Master of Science in Nursing/Midwifery.
Nicole Chen has been practicing Midwifery since 2014 at Maimonides Medical Center, in Brooklyn NY. Where she learned the skills and art of Midwifery from many gifted Midwives.
Nicole was called into the Home birth world after working as a Birthing Assistant along side Home Birth Midwives in Westchester, New York. She was intrigued by the positive energy of the families, the power of the mothers too be, and the bond that was created between all.
Nicole believes in the power of natural birth, which allowed her to open up her own private practice, N.F.C Midwifery Care (Nurturing, Faithful, and Caring Midwifery). Nicole is committed in providing full scope midwifery care and compassion to the women of Westchester and beyond.
NFC Midwifery believes in offering holistic full scope midwifery care, which incorporates evidence base practice while allowing the women autonomy in her care.
Nicole Chen is also a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC), where she plans on incorporating breastfeeding classes into her practice.
I’ve been a midwife since 1998 when I graduated from SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn. I’ve worked in hospital and birthing center settings and have been in the homebirth setting since 2001 when I took on my first “private practice” client. I was a labor and delivery nurse for 10 years prior to returning to school for midwifery.
My path to midwifery started in 1987 when I gave birth to my second child at home. I had my first in a hospital and the two experiences were like night and day. I decided in that moment, feeling the euphoria of that experience, that assisting women in childbirth at home with as many loving, supportive people around her as she wanted was THE THING to do in my life. I am so grateful and feel so blessed to have shared and participated in the many wonderful journeys of the women whose births I have attended. The ability to assist women to do what the Creator has intended them to do, to grow within themselves and bring forth new life is what midwifery is to me.
I offer full scope midwifery care including home birth, and well woman services. Serving the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut area within 1 hour travel time of my office location.
Shawna King, CM, LM
Since is graduating from the State University of New York at Downstate in 2002 I’ve had the privilege of caring for families from all boroughs, and in a variety of settings including hospitals, in-hospital birthing centers, free-standing birthing centers and most recently home births.
I’ve dedicated my practice to providing evidence-based care in a personalized and meaningful way, while striving to form a partnership that empowers people to make informed choices about their bodies and their health. I believe when a relationship of trust and respect is created through intimate collaboration the best outcomes can be achieved.
I consider birth to be a sacred life event and it is my great honor to be a part of the journey.
Anne Margolis CNM, LM, MSN, BSN
Anne Margolis is a Licensed Certified Nurse Midwife, Certified Yoga Teacher, and Clarity Breathwork Practitioner. She is a 3rd generation guide to mommas birthing babies in her family. Anne has helped thousands of families in her 25 + year midwifery practice and has personally ushered the births of over 1000 healthy babies into the world. She offers compassionate holistic women’s health care and homebirth maternity services including comprehensive prenatal, postpartum and newborn care. The practice reflects a more sensitive, personal, family-centered, humanistic, mind/body/heart and spirit approach to maternity care, complimented by the utmost confidence in a healthy woman’s innate ability to give birth normally and naturally, and a healthy baby’s innate ability to be born. Anne has also guided countless human beings to heal from emotional pain, inner stress and trauma, and reclaim their joyfulness, calm and overall sense of well-being.
Anne created her signature online holistic childbirth preparation course “Love Your Birth, and is a two times number one national and international best selling author of ‘Natural Birth Secrets: An Insider’s Guide to Give Birth Holistically, Healthfully, and Safely, and Love the Experience’ and Trauma Release Formula: The Revolutionary Step by Step Program for Eliminating Effects of Childhood Abuse, Trauma, Emotional Pain, and Crippling Inner Stress, to Living in Joy Without Drugs or Therapy,’both out in 2nd edition.
Home Sweet Homebirth Midwifery 211 Birchwood Ave Nyack, NY 10960
Cara Muhlhahn, CNM is a graduate of Columbia University School of Nursing, and SUNY Downstate Health Science Center in Brooklyn's Midwifery Education Program. Prior to starting her private practice in 1996, Cara practiced midwifery at Beth Israel Medical Center, and at Maternity Center, Inc., Manhattan's first out of hospital birthing center. Cara lives in Manhattan with her son Liam, who was born at home.
The role a midwife holds in the community, empowering each family, despite our differences offers a unique yet incredibly powerful opportunity to plant seeds of change, provide respectful care and bring babies into this world gently and peacefully. This was my calling to midwifery. I first became a labor and delivery nurse and a doula, caring for high-risk women and families in New York City. I graduated from the midwifery program at New York University and began attending births and providing well-woman care at home. My role as the midwife is to allow for the physiological process of pregnancy and birth and to be aware of the mother and baby's health and well-being throughout the process and to also address any possible anxiety or fears that may arise before, during and after labor and birth. Pregnancy and birth can be a time of vulnerability and an opportunity to have a relationship with women and families through the year of pregnancy, birth and postpartum, offering empowerment through respectful shared decision making about health and well-being of mothers and babies.
Judy Ribner- Bush CNM, MS, LM
HOLISTIC MIDWIFERY NEW YORK
Judy is a midwife because she believes in women. Her practice is predicated on her deep trust in the exquisite wisdom inherent in the female body.
Judy provides care in a way that honors the laboring person and her unique personal journey to bring her baby forth. She encourages the laboring women to heed their inner voice and birth instinctively and powerfully. As a home birth mother, Judy feels a deep, personal connection to the vulnerability and power of childbirth.
Her practice is an oasis for pregnant individuals seeking an authentically holistic experience. The care offers an integration of conventional , cutting edge midwifery research with traditional midwifery wisdom, Eastern medicine practices, and holistic wellness.
Judy welcomes birthing people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and religious affiliations. She is humble toward cultural practices, religious belief systems, and the needs of the LGBTQ community.
Judy offers integrative gynecologic services at the Integrative Juhi Ash Center
As a midwife, I have never met a person who has forgotten her birth experience. I am humbled to be in a woman’s birthing space. I practice with that responsibility. Birth is a sacred life event that can forever impact the way a woman feels about herself as a woman, the way she bonds with her baby, and the way she integrates her new maternal role into her identity.
My cherishing of natural birth and holistic living is a multigenerational, deeply embedded value inherited down my maternal lineage. My great-grandmother breastfed against 1950s medical advice. My grandmother birthed six babies without an epidural and exclusively breastfed all of my aunts and uncles.
I was born to an unmedicated mother who exclusively breastfed me. My mother would’ve birthed me at home. I have three homeborn children, four homeborn nephews and two homeborn nieces. Two of my children were born into my own waiting, loving arms.
Judy is currently completing her doctorate, a DNP, at NYU.
In recognition of Judy’s longstanding, stellar academic achievement, Judy has been awarded The National Merit Scholarship, NYS Scholarship of Academic Excellence, Robert Byrd Scholarship, CUNY Merit Scholarship, Susan Kun Leddy Scholarship, Rory Meyers Academic Scholarship, and NYU Social Justice Scholarship.
Her writing and public speaking has been featured in Headlines and Midwifery Today.
I graduated in 2002 from the Midwifery Education program of Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos in Lima-Peru, my native country.
Prior to coming to the U.S., I worked as a midwife in hospitals and birthing centers providing primary and pregnancy care to women. I have been a part of approximately 300 births.
My practice includes personalized holistic care during pregnancy, birth and postpartum. I connect with people across various ethnic cultures as I am bilingual (English/Spanish).
I have been living in Brooklyn since 2009 with my loving husband, Brad and now my daughters Sofia, born in October 2012 and Sierra born in October 2014.
Soy graduada del programa de Obstetricia de la Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima-Peru, mi pais de origen.
Antes de venir a USA, trabaje como partera en hospitales y centros de parto brindando cuidado primario y prenatal a las mujeres. He formado parte de un total de 300 partos.
Mis servicios como partera incluyen cuidado holistico y personalizado durante el embarazo, parto y postparto. Me relaciono con personas de diferentes grupos etnicos y culturales ya que soy bilingue (Ingles/Espanol).
Vivo en Brooklyn desde el 2009 con mi querido esposo Brad y ahora con mis hijas Sofia, nacida en Octubre del 2012 y Sierra nacida en Octubre del 2014.