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 Jefferson 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 in 2008, Shar worked as a staff midwife at Brookdale Hospital for four years, She then went on to join an established home birth practice for a year before partnering with Carol Bues and establishing MCNYC in 2013.
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 is a New Yorker who resides in Queens. 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) and is 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. In May 2019, Carol graduated from SUNY Stony Brook with a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Nurse-Midwifery. Her education also includes a Master of Science in Nurse-Midwifery, State University of New York Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing, City University of New York. She has been practicing midwifery since 2001.
Carol is currently a Doctoral Lecturer at CUNY Lehman College. She really enjoys teaching aspiring nursing students that birth can be normal (even in hospitals!) along with all the complications She also serves as Vice Chair of the local NYC chapter of the American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM). She previously served as the Treasurer of NYC Midwives from 2005-2007 and was on the Board and served as Treasurer of New York State Association on Licensed Midwives (NYSALM) from 2015-2017.
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.
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.
our midwife associates
Since graduating from the State University of New York at Downstate in 2002, Shawna has 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 home births.
Shawna has dedicated her 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. She believes when a relationship of trust and respect is created through intimate collaboration the best outcomes can be achieved.
Shawna considers birth to be a sacred life event and it is her great honor to be a part of the journey.
Lindsey is a licensed nurse midwife by the state of New York. Before embarking on her career as a midwife, she was a birth doula for 8 years. Her dream of becoming a midwife was cemented through her work with Family Care International, a NY based non-profit focused on making childbirth safer for people 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 then completed a Master’s of Midwifery at SUNY Downstate. Having been witness to all forms of birth in all birthing environments, she feels strongly in evidenced based care and client-centered birth practices.
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 enjoys leaving the city and knitting on the subway.
our birth assistants
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.
Kevin Bernard is a stay at home dad who also works as a Broadway actor, theatre teacher, and since 2011 as an administrative assistant to his wife, Heather McFadden, who is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. While helping Heather through the delivery of their two children and their subsequent difficulties in breastfeeding, he became inspired and moved by the power of motherhood. He has helped run the back office of Heather’s business ever since she became an IBCLC. Because life is full of synchronicity, Kevin also spent nearly a decade on the board at the Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine at Mt. Sinai where they developed innovative music therapy that brought tiny miracles to Neonatal Intensive Care Units. Kevin is excited to be part of yet another business that is dedicated to babies and their birthing families’ wellness as MCNYC’s administrative assistant.