GAY-FRIENDLY OBS, MIDWIVES, AND DOULAS IN NYC

As a gay man or lesbian living in New York City, it’s safe to assume that most places of business or community service will be gay-friendly. But there are always exceptions to the rule ¬– doctors or clinical staff that act taken aback upon learning you are two ladies or two men looking to start a family, or staff who just don’t give quite the level of attention you need. Conversely, there are doctors and clinics that get recommended from one gay family to the next because they either specialize in serving the gay community, or provide great service so matter what type of family they are serving. There’s no time that’s more important to feel accepted, cared for, and safe with your practitioner than during pregnancy and while giving birth. We’ve listed the most gay-friendly obstetricians, practices, midwives, and doulas available in NYC below.

A NOTE ABOUT MIDWIVES

We at It’s Conceivable love midwives. Why? First, they are tough cookies – many people have notions of midwives as some type of fringe group of earthy mamas unversed in “modern ? childbirth techniques. In reality, midwives are experts in pregnancy and birth as well as the preconception and gynecological needs of women. They may attend births at a hospital (see Hospital and Birth Center Midwifery Practices, below) or they may attend a birth at your home (See Home Birth Midwives, Below) as the primary care provider. Depending on their training and certifications, many midwives in NYC also provide at-home inseminationservices, reproductive education, annual gynecological exams, and postpartum care. Midwifery is based on the fact that pregnancy and birth are normal life processes and the Midwifery Model of Care includes providing the mother with hands-on assistance during labor, delivery, and postpartum, and minimizing technological interventions. Most midwives have completed nursing education as well as graduate level education in midwifery, are certified by the American Midwifery Certification Board, and are licensed to practice by the state. They are a great choice for women who would like a more personal relationship with their care provider, offering hospital birth, birth center, and home birth, as well as at-home inseminations and more.

A SMALLER NOTE ABOUT DOULAS

Doulas are trained professionals who provide continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to a mother before, during, and after birth. According to the International Association Doulas of North America, (DONA), studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier, and they breastfeed more easily.

GAY-FRIENDLY OB-GYNS IN NYC:

 

DOWNTOWN WOMEN OB/GYN ASSOCIATES

568 Broadway

New York, NY 10012

Services Offered: Obstetrics and Gynecology

Size: Small – Medium

Accepts Cigna, Aetna, PHCS, Health Net, & Oxford Freedom insurance.

212-966-7600

www.downtownwomenobgyn.com

Affliated Doctors:

Shelley Kolton, MD

Audrey Buxbaum, MD

Leslie Gruss, MD

Suzanne LaJoie, MD

Catherine Goodstein, MD

Devorah Daley, MD

Dorothy Min, MD

Nancy Kraus, CNM

Jessica Safier, PA-C

Elisabeth Newton, NP

Kerry Shefren, NP

Emory Ship, CNM

JAQUELINE WORTH, MD

Village Obstetrics

VOB North office

1225 Park Avenue, #1D

New York, NY 10128

VOB South office

101 West 12th Street

New York, NY 10011

Services: Full obstetric care for normal and high risk pregnancies. Expertise includes advanced maternal age, maternal or fetal medical complications, twins, natural childbirth, avoiding cesarean section, vaginal birth after cesarean section (vbac). Our cesarean section rate for patients in labor is one of the lowest in Manhattan (8%).

Size: Small, Personal

212-627-9556

email: DrW@vobsv.com

www.villageobstetrics.com

Note: Pregnancy and pre-conception care only.

JOSINE VECA, DO

NYM Women’s Health Associates

263 7th Avenue Suite 3A

Brooklyn, NY 11215

Services: Childbirth, OB-GYN

Insurance Accepted: Aetna,Blue Cross and Blue Shield PPO, Cigna, Coventry – First Health Network PPO, GHI HMO, Great West Healthcare PPO, HealthFirst, Humana – Choice Care PPO, Medicaid, Medicare, MultiPlan – PHCS PPO, Oxford Health Plans – Freedom Plan, Oxford Liberty, UniCare, United HealthCare, United HealthCare – Choice Plus POS, United HealthCare – Options PPO, WellPoint

BETH ISRAEL MEDICAL CENTER

OB/GYN / Midwifery Program

10 Union Square East

New York, NY 10003

Services: Obestetrics and Family Planning

Size: Large

Insurance Accepted: United Health, Oxford, Empire, Horizon, Cigna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, Affinity, Center Care, Health First, and some other types of insurance.

Contact: 212-844-8590

www.bimc-obgyn.com/index.html

BIZOVI WOMEN’S HEALTH

Dr Leslie Bizovi, OBGYN

160 Montague Street (between Henry St. and Clinton St.)

Brooklyn, New York 11201

Size: Small, Personal

Services: Prenatal, complicated gynecological issues, alternative inseminations, acupuncture

Insurance Accepted: Aetna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, Multiplan/PHCS

Contact Info: 718-362-0663

bizovigyn@gmail.com

www.bizovigyn.com/index.html

CALLEN-LORDE COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER

356 West 18th Street

New York, NY 10011

Size: Medium

Services: Lesbian and gay health care, Gynecological services

Insurance Accepted: ADAP Plus, Aetna, Anthem, Beech Street, Centercare, Cigna, Community Care Network, Consumer Health Network, Empire BC/BS, Empire Plan, FirstHealth, GHI, Healthfirst, Healthnet, HIP, Horizon, Magnacare, Medicaid, Medicare, Multiplan, Oxford, PHCS, SelectPro, and United.

Note: If you do not have health insurance and meet certain income, residency and/or medical requirements, offer on-site financial screenings, referral and enrollment assistance to obtain government-funded insurance programs. If you do not qualify for these plans, they offer a ‘sliding scale discount’ based upon your documented income and family dependents.

Contact Info: (212) 271-7200

www.callen-lorde.org/index.html

  1. LAWRENCE LEVITAN

106 East 35th Street

New York, NY 10016

212-679-2223

Accepts AARP, Aetna, Anthem, American Health, Cigna, First Health, HIPP, PHCS, Guardian, Medicare, United Health, Blue cross/Blue Shield, & 1199 insurance.

  1. SANFORD LEDERMAN, OB/GYN

9 Pierrepont Street

New York, NY

718-852-5810

Accepts Aetna, Cigna, First Health, Oxford, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, US Healthcare, and some other insurance.

  1. CARYN SELICK (FERTILITY SPECIALIST)

338 E 30th St. (b/w 1st and 2nd)

New York, NY

212-683-0090

Accepts Cigna (all forms), Oxford Freedom, Health Net, United healthcare, PHCS, Horizon PPO, Multiplan PPO, & Empire PPO/HMO insurance.

SPRING OB

135 Spring Street, 2nd Floor

New York, NY 10012

Services: Obstetrics and Gynecological Care, Pre-pregnancy, pregnancy

Size: Small

212-219-1187

Affiliated Doctors:

Heidi Flagg, MD

Brina Maldonado, MD

Cara Dodson, MD

Marie Easterlin, MD

Danielle Feldman, MD

Linda Cho, MD

Bonnie Yim, CNM

Lauren Lese, CNM

www.springobgyn.com

  1. LUKES ROOSEVELT HOSPITAL CENTER DEPARTMENT OF OB-GYN

330 West 58th Street,

Suite 310, New York, New York 10019

Services: OB-GYN care

Phone: (212) 603-4173

Affiliated Doctors:

Katrina Bradley, MD

Anna Rhee, MD

Amy Huang, MD

Zhanna Rutstein-Shulina, MD

Notes: Will deliver at the birthing center or in a regular delivery room.

www.nywomenshealth.com

HOSPITAL AND BIRTH CENTER MIDWIFERY PRACTICES:

MIDWIFERY OF MANHATTAN

330 West 58th Street

Suite 505

New York, NY 10019

Phone: 212-957-3006

Fax: 212-957-3010

http://www.midwiferyofmanhattan.com

Attend births at Roosevelt Hospital’s Birth Center

Affiliated Midwives:

Sylvie Blaustein, CNM

Rosanne Cosentino, CNM

Beth Kriegsman, CNM

Casey Selzer, CNM

Amanda Segilia, CNM

Laura Zeidenstein, CNM, DNP

BROOKLYN BIRTHING CENTER

2183 Ocean Avenue

Brooklyn, New York 11229

Phone: 718.376.6655

Fax: 718.336.4113

Email: info@brooklynbirthingcenter.com

www.brooklynbirthingcenter.com

Affiliated with: Maimonides Hospital

Affiliated Midwives:

Linda Gaglioti

Andrea Diamond

Jacklyn Lahav

Laurie Brucia

Gail Raymon

Farinaz Bakraei

Affiliated Physicians:

James Ducey, M.

Sol Neuhoff, M.D

Norma Veridiano

CENTRAL PARK MIDWIFERY

285 West End Avenue, Suite Y2

New York, NY 10023

Phone:212-531-2229

Email:centralparkmidwifery@gmail.com

www.centralparkmidwifery.com

Affiliated Midwives:

Elaine Keller-Duemig, CNM

Jo Zasloff, CNM

PARK SLOPE MIDWIVES

298 Seventh Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11215

Phone: 718-499-3636

Fax: 718-788-0596

E-mail: psmidwife@aol.com

Attend Births at Methodist Hospital

Affiliated Midwives:

Anne Gudi

Jessica Goldman

Roseanne Seminara

Betsy Arnold-Leahy

Kristin Richman

Donna Pynn

BLUEBIRD MIDWIFREY

135 Union Street

Brooklyn, NY 11231

Phone: 718.855.8885

Fax: 718.855.1880

Email: Cat@bluebirdmidwifrey.com

http://www.bluebirdmidwifery.com

Affiliated Midwife:

Catherine Clark CNM

CBS MIDWIFERY, INC.

103 Fifth Avenue, 3rd Fl.

(at 18th Street)

New York, NY 10003

Phone: 212-366-4699

www.nycmidwives.com

Email: nyccnms@worldnet.att.net

Affiliated Midwives:

Barbara Sellars, CNM

Elizabeth A. Boyce, CNM

SANDY WOODS, CNM

315 West 57th Street, Suite 203

New York, NY, 10019

Phone: (212) 603-4160

Attends Births at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital

CHILDBIRTH EDUCATION CLASSES

BKLYN BIRTH

BklynBirth offers private and group childbirth education classes covering the labor & birth process, postpartum, breastfeeding and newborn care in Brooklyn, NY.

Phone: 718-512-5002

Email: info@bklynbirth.com

www.bklynbirth.com

Affiliated Midwives:

Amy Alpern

Sabrina Hellman

Holly White

HOME BIRTH MIDWIFERY PRACTICES

General Information on Home Birth in NY: 

www.nyhomebirth.com

BALDWIN MIDWIFERY SERVICE

660 Merrick Road

Baldwin, NY 11510

Phone: (516) 223-1251

Fax: (516) 223-1394

Email: mwbreen@aol.com

jeanettebreen.com

Affiliated Midwife:

Jeanette Breen, CNM

CARA MUHLHAHN MIDWIFERY

646 E. 11th St. #C3

New York, NY 10009

Phone: (212) 388-1837

Fax: (212) 533-8289

Email: info@cmmidwifery.com

www.cmmidwifery.com

Affiliated Midwife:

Cara Muhlhahn C.N.M.

CLEMENTINE MIDWIFERY

311 Graham between Ainslie and Devoe

Williamsburg Brooklyn, New York 11211

Phone: (646) 519-7209

Fax: (646) 435-0674

Email: info@clementinemidwifery.com

www.ClementineMidwifery.com

Affiliated Midwife:

Stacey J. Rees

COMMUNITY MIDWIFERY

1622 8th Ave.

Brooklyn, NY 11215

Phone: (718) 788-0595

Email: joaniesb@gmail.com

www.communitymidwifery.com

Affiliated Midwives:

Joan Bryson

COMPLETE WOMAN MIDWIFERY, LLC

1133 Broadway, Suite 1107

New York, NY

Phone: (646) 536-3726

Cell: (973) 226-2563

Fax: (866) 859-6843

Email: askthemidwife@verizon.net

www.ManhattanHomeBirth.com

Affiliated Midwife:

Linda Perry, CM

DYEKORA SUMDA MIDWIFERY SERVICES

409 Halsey Street

Brooklyn, NY 11233

Phone: (718) 573-2432

Fax: (718) 554-0572

Email: dyekorasumda@yahoo.com

www.dyekorasumda.com

Affiliated Midwife:

  1. Memaniye Cinque, CNM

GENTLE SPIRIT HOME BIRTH MIDWIFERY SERVICES

525 West 133rd Street #1A

New York, NY 10027

Phone: (212) 368-2229

Fax: (212) 368-2228

Email: birthingwise2@aol.com

www.gentlespiritbirth.com

Affiliated Midwife:

Sakina O’Uhuru CM MS

GINA EICHENBAUM-PIKSER, CNM

Services: Intrauterine insemination as well as Well-Gyn care, including annual exams, routine bloodwork, pap smears, STI screening, and family planning/contraception counseling and prescribing.

Email:Gina@communitygyn.com

www.communitygyn.com

MIRIAM SCHWARZSCHILD, CNM

308 6th Street

Brooklyn, NY 11215

Phone: (718) 369-0769

Fax: (718) 832-6845

Email: mirwife@gmail.com

JJB MIDWIFERY

136 West 81st Street Suite GF

New York, NY 10024

Services: At-home intrauterine insemination and preconception consults, as well as gyn care, annual exams for adults and teens, contraception, bloodwork, and STI testing. LGBTQ and trans friendly.

Phone: (718) 230-4789 or (212) 769-4578

Fax: (866) 593-2634

Email: jjbmidwiferyny@gmail.com

www.homebirthnyc.com/

Affiliated Midwives:

Karen Jefferson, CM LM

Martine Jean-Baptiste, CNM LM

Shana Norberg, CNM LM

KRISTEN LEONARD, CNM

294 6th Street

Brooklyn, NY 11215

Phone: (646) 290-8020

Fax: (866) 462-5909

Email: kmleonard@mac.com

MARCY PERLMAN TARDIO, CNM, LM

474 5th St. #2

Brooklyn, NY 11215

Phone: (718) 788-9131

Cell: (347) 834-4467

Fax: (718) 788-9131

Email: marcenu@verizon.net

MARTHA ROTH HOMEBIRTH MIDWIFE

66 N. Broadway #9

Nyack, NY 10960

Phone: (845) 348-8715

Fax: (845) 348-8715

Email: martharoth@mac.com

SUN RISING MIDWIFERY

Phone: (212) 348-4988

Fax: (646) 863-7141

Email: kimm.sun@gmail.com

www.sunrisingmidwifery.com

Affiliated Midwife:

Kimm Sun

VALERIANA PASQUA-MASBACK

75 Williams Rd

Chestnut Ridge, New York 10977

Phone: (845) 426-4686

Email: valeriana@homebirthmidwifery.com

www.homebirthmidwifery.com

 

GAY FRIENDLY DOULAS IN NYC:

BIRTH DAY PRESENCE

Note: Offers childbirth education classes, pregnancy and postpartum doula services. See website for more information.

Email: doulas@birthdaypresence.net

Phone: 917-751-6579

www.birthdaypresence.net

Affiliated Doulas:

Jada Shapiro

Anna Merrill

Sharlene Aitcheson

Jessica Ammirati

Lindsey Bliss

Jen Buice

Lana DeLowe

Sara Luria

Meghan Mahar

Elanna Posner

Lorelei Russ

Meema Spadola

Koyuki Smith

Heather Snyder

Leda Ward

BIRTHFOCUS, LLC

Note: Offers full spectrum services for birth and beyond including labor and postpartum doula care, childbirth education series, private pre-natal yoga and massage, and placenta encapsulation services. A fee range of labor doula services from $400-$2200. See website for more information.

Email: birthfocus@gmail.com

Phone: 917.414.5595

www.birthfocus.com

Affiliated Doulas:

Elizabeth Mangum-Sarach: Director/Owner

Aliya Caler

Caitln Vestal

Caitlin Wyatt

Carmen Siragna

Enda Sperduto

Esdras Santana

Fanny Oehl

Gillian Foreman

Haley Keel

Jenn Hoegler

Jenny Shapiro

Julia Mannes

Kat Raynor

Kate Leddington

Lucy Chapin

Melissa Brown

Martina Szarek

Melissa Grubb

Rachel Rachlin

Sara Dick

Stacey Lewis

Tiffany Adams

Vivian Lord

Wendy Ledesma

BROWN OWL DOULAS

Randi Phone: (541) 601–2472

Chloe Phone: (718) 473-4189

Email: randiandchloe@gmail.com

www.brownowldoulas.com

Affiliated Doulas:

Randi Reed

Chloe Campbell

DOS DOULAS

Affiliated Doulas:

Cori Pleune

Email: cori@dosdoulas.com

Phone: 917-554-8442

Sara Kaylor

Email: sarah@dosdoulas.com

Phone: 917-612-5927

www.dosdoulas.com

DOULA CARE POSTPARTUM SERVICE

70 West 93 Street, #20G

New York, NY 10025

Phone: (212) 749-6613

Email: hello@doulacare.com

www.doulacare.com

Affiliated Doulas:

Ruth Callahan, (Owner / Director)

Lijah Friedman

Pamela Smith

Kathy Petrillo

Anne Weichberger

Alexa Beckham

Gillian Foreman

Jennifer Parmelee

Lori Becker

Kim Gambino

Mary Lynn Fiske

SHARA FREDERICK

Phone: (718) 637-1170

Email: hello@sharafrederick.com

www.sharafrederick.com

NYC DOULA CO-OP

Note: Offers Doulas of varying experience and levels. See website for more information.

www.nycdoulacoop.com

Affiliated Doulas:

Tymaree Cook

Aisha Domingue

Gillian Foreman

Nicole Ganzekaufer

Jo Greep

Milon Nagi

Adiaha Ruane

Lucy Trainor

Heather White

Maiysha Campbell

Aurore Ernest-Jones

AJ Frenzel

Maria Spencer

Jessi Bonilla

Jessie Conrad

Jamie Yates

Rina Crane

Piper Harrell

Stephanie Poplika

Tanya Wills

Megan Davidson

Shara Frederick

Annette Perel

Cori Pleune

DOULA POWER NYC

doulapowernyc.com

Affiliated Doulas: Zoe Ginsburg

Phone: (646) 730-5008

Email: doulapowernyc@gmail.com

RED MOON MASSAGE THERAPY & DOULA CARE

Lena DeGloma, BA, LMT, CD

641 President Street, Suite 203

Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Phone: 609.576.7638

Email: lena@redmoonmassagetherapy.com

www.redmoonmassagetherapy.com

KATE YORK

Philosophy includes assisting all families regardless of sex, gender expression, or sexual orientation in having the birth experience that they want to have.

Email:doulakateyork@gmail.com

Phone: (734) 558.8738

www.doulakateyork.com

KATHRYN PECK

DONA-certified Brooklyn Heights Doula

Email: kathryn.rs@gmail.com

KARLA PIPPA

www.birthingwithkarla.com

Birth Doula and Postpartum Services

Phone: 214-597-9210

Email: doulapippa@gmail.com

NYC DOULA SERVICES

Doula services and Childbirth Education Classes in Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Bronx and Nassau County

Lauren Kunis CD(DONA), CCCE, RMT, Certified Hypnobirthing Doula

Phone: 917-617-7905

Email: Lauren@nycdoulaservice.com

www.nycdoulaservice.com

DOULA LUMINA

Full spectrum labor support and postpartum care as well as placenta encapsulation services.

Affiliated Doula: Siobhan Whalen

Email: doula.lumina@gmail.com

401 E. 64th St. Suite 5B

New York, NY 10065

www.doulalumina.com

TATIANA ESCOBAR

Offering full-spectrum doula care with a specialization in Homebirth & Natural Childbirth

Email: tatiana.escobar7@gmail.com

Phone: 917.808.1017

www.birthsbytatiana.com

MOLLIE MICHEL

Birth Doula (DONA) and Certified Lactation Counselor

Kairos Doula Services

140 East 2nd Street, 2C

Brooklyn, NY 11218

Phone: 718.536.6336

Email: molliedoulanyc@gmail.com

www.molliedoula.com

RACHEL LIEBER

DONA certified birth doula and Certified Lactation Counselor

Phone: 347-371-0510

www.doularachel.com

ERIKA DAVIS

Kavanah Doula

Phone: (347) 471-0739

E-Mail: kavanahdoula@gmail.com

Twitter:Blackgayjewish

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KavanahDoulaService

http://kavanahdoula.blogspot.com

THE NEW YORK DOULA

Stephanie Heintzeler

Birth and postpartum doula

Phone:917-399-2031

www.thenewyorkdoula.com

AMY R. LISS

Birth and Postartum Doula, Childbirth Educator, Lactation Counselor

Phone: 314.651.7524

Email: amy.liss@gmail.com

www.amy-liss.com

NATALIA RIVERA, LMT

Birth doula, prenatal massage therapist, Maya abdominal therapist specializing in fertility and prenatal care, and yoga instructor for babies with special needs. Located on the Upper West Side, Manhattan.

646.926.7776

www.blackrockhealing.com

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