Midwifery


Welcome to Boro Park OB/GYN Midwifery Services! We are a team of joyful and dedicated Midwives that combine kind and attentive pregnancy care with the best evidence-based obstetrical guidelines. We are also experts in comprehensive gynecological care.
 

Midwifery


Welcome to Boro Park OB/GYN Midwifery Services! We are a team of joyful and dedicated Midwives that combine kind and attentive pregnancy care with the best evidence-based obstetrical guidelines. We are also experts in comprehensive gynecological care.

Boro Park Midwifery Welcomes You!


Boro Park Midwifery was founded in 2005 and later saw the addition of the Kliot Midwifery practice in 2008. With continued growth, ever since, we are six licensed and board-certified, full scope midwives who are happy to be serving the diverse communities of Brooklyn, New York. Our offices are located in Boro Park, Ditmas Park and Williamsburg. We maintain privileges at Maimonides Medical Center, where a midwife from our group is on call 24/7 to care for you during labor and delivery, or to answer any urgent questions.

As a group practice, we encourage our clients to meet with each midwife at least once during her pregnancy, as getting to know each of us will only increase satisfaction during labor and delivery. Start to get to know us by reading our website bios! We see women at each of our three locations for preconception care, prenatal visits, postpartum visits and well-woman gynecology care. We are also equipped with in-office sonography and a laboratory which helps to keep your care centralized in one place. It’s important to highlight that we are experienced in seeing non-pregnant women throughout the lifespan, too! We welcome women to see us for annual well woman gynecological exams, common gynecological concerns, breast health, STD testing/treatment and family planning, including IUD and Nexplanon insertion.

While midwives are trained to diagnose, and manage several gynecological and obstetrical complications, we are fortunate to have a group of very experienced Boro Park OB/GYN physicians for consultation, collaboration and referral. There is always an on-call physician from our practice available at Maimonides Medical Center in the event that a situation requires their immediate involvement and care. Together, we have fostered mutual respect and appreciation of one another’s skills. Furthermore, we have an excellent working relationship with the team of high risk obstetricians, known as perinatologist or maternal fetal medicine physicians, who are affiliated with Maimonides.

What is midwifery and how is it different from obstetrics?

The American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM) summarizes the scope of practice for midwives very nicely: Midwifery as practiced by certified nurse-midwives (CNMs®) and certified midwives (CMs®) encompasses a full range of primary health care services for women from adolescence beyond menopause.

These services include primary care, gynecologic and family planning services, preconception care, care during pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period, care of the normal newborn during the first 28 days of life, and treatment of male partners for sexually transmitted infections. Midwives provide initial and ongoing comprehensive assessment, diagnosis and treatment. They conduct physical examinations; prescribe medications including controlled substances and contraceptive methods; admit, manage and discharge patients; order and interpret laboratory and diagnostic tests and order the use of medical devices. Midwifery care also includes health promotion, disease prevention, and individualized wellness education and counseling. These services are provided in partnership with women and families in diverse settings such as ambulatory care clinics, private offices, community and public health systems, homes, hospitals and birth centers.

Midwifery has been practiced for centuries, the etymology of midwife meaning “with woman”. It is the intersection of art and science that embraces the unique context through which each woman navigates her specific health care needs. This sentiment is at the core of our practice at Boro Park Midwifery. We strive to employ evidence-based medicine for all of our clients, recognizing the importance of patient autonomy, shared decision making and individualized care. As graduate level trained, independent providers, midwives are the experts in normal pregnancy, believing strongly in patient education, solid communication and counseling. We believe in underscoring the normal, physiological changes that accompany various stages of a woman’s lifespan. That said, we are also trained in obstetrical complications and quick recognition of deviations from normal that require specialized attention with our consulting physicians. Like midwives, obstetrician-gynecologists are also trained to care for women during pregnancy, labor/delivery and the postpartum period but have been surgically trained in a capacity that midwives are not. They perform cesarean sections and gynecological surgeries, along with specialty training in obstetrical and gynecological medical complications.


Why Choose a Midwife?

Whether it’s for gynecological care, prenatal visits or labor and delivery, the midwifery philosophy of honoring an individual woman’s autonomy and engaging in shared decision making is central to why women are choosing midwives for their healthcare. Within the realm of safety for mom and baby, a midwife will recognize that no two women’s experiences are the same and will avoid a paternalistic approach to medicine. Midwives understand that one woman may desire hypnobirthing and doula support as she labors, yet another woman may desire an epidural. Individual choices are respected and discussed. A midwife will also promote an understanding of the normal, physiological changes that your body will go through and will discuss medical interventions when they may be necessary.

Frequently Asked Questions

For routine, non-emergent questions you may call our office numbers listed above during office hours, generally from 9am-6pm. You will be directed to a receptionist who will take a message and leave it for the midwife who is in that day. The midwife will make every effort to respond promptly. Keep in mind, she is seeing patients too but she will certainly return your call before the day is over. If you are wishing to leave a message for a specific midwife, you can inform the receptionist and she will leave that message with the understanding that your call will be returned when that midwife is in the office next.

In the event of an emergency or active labor, please call 800-486-8571 to reach the midwife on-call. There is always a midwife on-call, 24/7.

In the event of an emergency or active labor, please call 800-486-8571 to reach the midwife on-call. There is always a midwife on-call, 24/7.

We ask all of our clients to please contact this number to speak with the midwife on-call prior to going to the hospital.

We have privileges at Maimonides Medical Center: 4802 10th Ave Brooklyn, NY 11219.
Labor and delivery is located right on the first floor.
Yes! We recommend this. Please call 718-283-7614 to schedule a tour.
You will make a quick stop in registration before being greeted by one of the labor and delivery nurses in the triage area. This is where women are first evaluated and where your midwife will also come to meet you. Together, you and the midwife will create a plan and decide if it’s time to be admitted to the hospital or not.
Yes! All of the delivery rooms at Maimonides are private and equipped with a private bathroom and shower. Once admitted, you may be accompanied by one or two guests.
This is a very individual decision for each woman. Epidural anesthesia is available should you desire. Depending on the scenario, intravenous anesthesia may also be an option. Maimonides also has volunteer doulas who can visit and support laboring women. You may wish to bring a birthing ball, private doula, or do hypnobirthing. All of these are viable options and you will have ample opportunities to discuss pain relief and labor support with the midwives throughout your pregnancy!
One of our collaborating physicians is always present at Maimonides, 24/7. Midwives can recognize and manage several common obstetrical emergencies. However, should obstetrician involvement and/or cesarean section become necessary, our Boro Park Ob/Gyn’s are readily available and on site.
Generally, you will remain in the delivery room for one to two hours after birth. Eventually, you will relocate to the 3rd floor where the postpartum area is and where rooming-in with baby is encouraged. These rooms are not private and are usually shared with one other woman. Unfortunately, partners are not allowed to spend the night and visiting hours end at 9pm. The typical postpartum stay after a vaginal delivery is 2 days and 3 days after a cesarean section. You will be visited by the on-call midwife each day during your postpartum stay to ensure all is well and to address any concerns. After leaving the hospital, you typically visit the office in 4-6 weeks for a routine postpartum visit.
Doulas and childbirth education classes (CBE) can be essential to having a comfortable and well-informed pregnancy and delivery. Maimonides does have volunteer doulas that may be available while you are in labor. We also have many women that use private doulas and take CBE classes. We are thrilled to discuss this with you in more detail during your prenatal visits. In the meantime, below are some informative links regarding this topic!

Anne Byrne, RNC (Maimonides Labor & Delivery Nurse)
(718) 909-0140
The course consist of 4 classes for $150.00.
Women only and couples classes available.

NYC Doula Collective
Metropolitan Doula Group

Birthday Presence
Childbirth Ed, doulas, CPR, Breastfeeding, Newborn care
(917) 751-6579
*Multiple locations in Brooklyn

Red Moon Wellness
Massage, Childbirth Ed, doulas
(347) 699-8751
*Park Slope

Honor Nature
Childbirth Ed (live and online courses), Doulas
(305) 608-1079

Choices in Childbirth
Educate yourself with online resources and workshops

Bend and Bloom
Prenatal yoga, Childbirth Education, Postpartum/breastfeeding support groups, etc.
(347) 987-3162

International Childbirth Education Association

The Bradley Method

Our practice is very experienced with women who desire a trial of labor after cesarean section (TOLAC). We enjoy taking the time to discuss this with patients who have had a prior cesarean section. Our practice has a very favorable success rate with VBACs and we are happy to discuss this with you in further detail!
Yes! We are thrilled to see you even if you are not pregnant. We see women for well-woman annual gynecology visits, pap smears, breast exams, lab work, family planning and contraception services and common gynecological concerns.