Shar La Porte
Shar La Porte is a Licensed Midwife (LM) and an American College of Nurse Midwives Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM) currently licensed as a Nurse-Midwife and Registered Nurse (RN) by the State of New York. Her education includes an Associates of Science in Nursing from Philips Beth Israel School of Nursing and a Master of Science in Nurse-Midwifery from the Midwifery Institute at Philadelphia University.
Shar’s journey toward home birth midwifery started almost two decades ago when her son was born at Elizabeth Seton Childbearing Center. That profound experience led her to become a childbirth educator and doula, and later a labor & delivery nurse. During this time Shar worked with a home birth practice as a birth assistant as well as continuing doula work. After becoming a midwife Shar worked as a staff midwife at Brookdale Hospital for four years then went on to join an established home birth practice for a year before partnering with Carol Bues and establishing MCNYC. In addition to her professional experience, two of her own children were blissfully born at home. Shar is certified in neonatal resuscitation as well as basic life support and CPR. Shar’s passion for birth, knowledge of human physiology, compassion towards women and their families, and dedication to the autonomy of home birth make her a uniquely qualified and accomplished midwife.
Shar recently moved in with the love of her life. She is gently encouraging and guiding her eldest son out of the nest while supporting her other two children’s stent in the NYC public-school system and encouraging their love of dance and fashion. When not catching babies, you can find her in the gym. Shar currently holds the seat of secretary with the local ACNM chapter and annually runs the Miles for Midwives race to raise money for midwifery support and education.
Carol Bues is a Licensed Midwife (LM), Certified as a Nurse-Midwife (CNM) by the American College of Nurse Midwives. She is also licensed as Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP) and Registered Nurse (RN) by the State of New York. Her education includes a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing, City University of New York and Master of Science in Nurse-Midwifery, State University of New York Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn. She has been practicing midwifery since 2001.
Carol recently started studies at SUNY Stony Brook for her DNP (Doctorate of Nursing Practice) with an anticipated graduation date of May 2019.
Carol is currently an Adjunct Clinical Professor and was recently appointed as an Adjunct Lecturer at Hunter Bellevue School of Nursing. She really enjoys teaching aspiring nursing students that birth can be normal (even in hospitals!) along with all the complications.
Before co-founding MCNYC, Carol worked in private practice at Roosevelt Hospital Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. In her many years of experience, Carol also worked as a staff midwife at Brookdale Hospital and Medical Center, Mount Sinai Hospital and Bellevue Hospital. Her experience is in the practice of full-scope antepartum, intrapartum, and postpartum midwifery care and in preceptorship of midwifery students from Columbia University, New York University and SUNY Downstate. She also spent over four years providing well-woman gynecologic care, family planning, STI testing and treatment, and postoperative care at Planned Parenthood of NYC. Carol is certified in neonatal resuscitation and in childbirth education. She served as treasurer of the local NYC chapter of the American College of Nurse Midwives from 2005-2007. She was on the board and serving as Treasurer of New York State Association of Licensed Midwives (NYSALM) from 2015-2017.
Most importantly, Carol is the mother of two children caught by a home birth LM in 2000 and 2002 in NYC. She formerly home schooled both of her children through middle school and was an active participant of the NYC homeschooling community. Staring in 2013, Carol has volunteered at Forestdale Inc., ” a family services organization committed to breaking the cycle of poverty and trauma that afflicts generations of families in Queens.” At Forestdale, Carol participates in and facilitates teen groups in the Passport to Parenting Program. Carol became a volunteer for MMBNE (Mothers Milk Bank New England) in 2015. If there is any spare time after all of this and baby catching, Carol spends it knitting, reading, and trying to figure out how to parent two NYC teenagers and their golden retriever.
My name is Shabnam and I am a Danish student midwife of the degree programme of midwifery at UCN in Aalborg.
Midwifery for me is like the tree of life. The seed has been the calling to this profession from the very beginning I heard of midwifery. Since then I have been following this path, and the tree has grown from every step I have been taking as a student midwife. I just stepped into my last year of the midwifery programme. In a little year I will graduate and the journey as a midwife begins!
Midwifery allows me to work with the female body and birth and it allows me to serve women and families with a holistic approach. I care a lot about the space I create. A peace of mind, to be present and have the crafts of midwifery with me when I enter as a guest into a home, is the way I show my respect to women when they carry out the ritual of giving birth.
I love to explore the different cultures around welcoming a new life and explore the art of midwifery from a cultural aspect During my second clinical placement I spent a month in Greenland working with Inuit women and learning the Greenlandic birth-culture. I grew a lot from this experience, and since then my curiosity has grown even bigger!
Midwifery allows me to grow every day, the experiences is the water to the little seed that once got planted in me when I fell in love with midwifery. Every time I feel with my hands, I feel humbled towards my profession because I can immerse myself in a craft with such a great history. Midwifery makes me grow both as a woman and a future midwife. I cherish the women and the families I meet, and the experiences they each bring to me on my journey to becoming a midwife.
I spend my time reading books, spending time with family and friends, creative crafts and writing.
Hello! My name is Anna and I’m a student of Midwifery in Denmark where I’m currently on my sixth semester. I will hold a bachelor in Midwifery and thereby become a certified midwife in January 2020 which makes me both excited and humbled.
I feel very fortunate about the opportunity to work alongside Carol and Shar and to meet the women of New York and get an insight into the homebirth culture of New York and the United States.
I have now been studying midwifery for 2,5 years (half the time studying in school, half the time in a clinical stay at a hospital) and I can honestly say that those years have been a transforming period for me. As every day passes, I become more in awe of the female body and grateful for my path in the field. One of my biggest hopes is that I can help and support women on their path to motherhood as a transforming, empowering and healing process.
I have been fascinated about homebirths since the beginning of my studies. I am grateful and looking very much forward to be a part of the team in New York for two weeks and get even more experience with the home setting. Hopefully, it will be an element I can take back home with me to Denmark and be an advocate of.
When I am not studying, I love spending my time off with my boyfriend, family, and friends. I enjoy a good book, love Pilates and yoga, I sing in a choir and like to swim. I love to travel and meet people, different cultures and countries and I am very excited about my stay in the US.
I can’t wait to meet all of you! I am very grateful for the opportunity and hope I can contribute in a positive way to your pregnancy, birth or/and postpartum.
Lindsey Mayo is a registered nurse licensed by the state of New York. She has worked as birth doula for over eight years. Her goal of becoming a midwife was cemented through her work with Family Care International, a NY based non-profit focused on making childbirth safer for women in rural and indigenous communities in Africa and Latin America. She received her Bachelor’s in Political Science and Spanish from the College of Charleston and has spent extensive time traveling through South America. She is currently enrolled in a Master’s of Midwifery program at SUNY Downstate. As a recent addition to the MCNYC team, she feels it is the perfect forum to support women and birth in a safe and comforting environment.
She is a Brooklyn transplant, having grown up in rural North Carolina and is excited to be a part of this community. When not attending births, Lindsey also is MCNYC’s administration assistant.
Yael Borensztein is a registered nurse, international board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) and birth doula (rootandspark.com) who, after many years as a postnatal RN at a big city hospital, has found working as a doula and home birth assistant with Carol and Shar to be one of the most fun and rewarding developments in her career. She received her BSN from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 2009 and is licensed as a registered nurse by the State of New York.
Yael became a nurse as the first step toward reaching her forever dream of becoming a Nurse Midwife, but has found her experiences as a nurse, doula and birth assistant to be the ideal balance between her clinical knowledge and desire to provide uninterrupted, protective support for laboring women and their families.
She works hard to make sure that laboring people and their families have all the information that they need to make the best decisions for themselves and their babies and never tires of witnessing individuals prove their strength to themselves in labor and birth.
Esumi Fujimoto is a Registered Nurse in the state of New York. A
Northern California transplant, she completed her undergraduate nursing education at New York University and is currently enrolled in the Master’s of Nurse-Midwifery program at SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn.
She has always been fascinated by birth and those that support birthing people and their families (to some degree, she blames this on her grandfather, a Japanese immigrant who guided four of his thirteen children into the world at home), and found midwifery after recognizing it as an intersection of community, healthcare, and social justice.
She currently works the night shift as a labor and delivery nurse at a busy city hospital and is still in awe over the privilege of being able to support, learn from, and be present for birthing people and
Genevra is licensed by the State of New York as a Registered Nurse (RN). She has been working as a labor and delivery nurse since 2008 at both public and private hospitals. She became certified as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in 2011.
She is pleased to have finally started the Masters of Midwifery program at SUNY Downstate with an anticipated graduation date of May 2020. She is currently the student representative for NYSALM (New York State Association for Licensed Midwives)
Birth is a second career. After graduating with a BA from Sarah Lawrence in 1992 Genevra worked in commercial film production for 10 years. In that capacity she bid jobs and supervised shoots.
She attended her first birth in 2000, fell in love, attended births as a doula for a few years before deciding to go to nursing school.
Homebirth is in her blood. Genevra’s mother had 5 homebirths, creating the groundwork and normalizing the birthing process. Her sister then had one, and Genevra, herself has had 2.
A native New Yorker, she lives in a tiny hovel with her son, venturing out for baseball games. She is pictured here in 1981 holding her little sister after her mother’s homebirth.
Nicole is a certified nurse midwife, women’s health nurse practitioner, and certified lactation counselor. She joined the team at Midwifery Care NYC as a birth assistant in September 2015 and as a staff nurse in May 2016.
Since completing the Graduate Entry Prespecialty in Nursing (GEPN) program at Yale University’s School of Nursing, obtaining her RN in August 2015, and graduating with her MSN in Women’s Health and Nurse-Midwifery from the same program in May 2017, Nicole has been excited to continue her work as a staff nurse with MCNYC in addition to working as midwife in Morristown, NJ. Nicole has supported women in home, birth center, and hospital settings throughout her career as a nurse and midwife. She also counts herself lucky to be a MCNYC client, having given birth to her first child, Eudora Jane, in July 2017.
Nicole holds a MA in International Affairs from the New School, BA in Human Rights and Political Studies from Bard College, and worked in policy and advocacy for five years at Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) prior to starting her nursing career. She also served as a birth and postpartum doula in New York City before becoming a midwife. She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY and grew up in rural Vermont.