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.
Kaia is a fresh graduate of SUNY Downstate Medical Center, completing a masters program to become a Certified Midwife (CM). She has supported families as a labor and postpartum doula for the past five years, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Italian and Anthropology from Vassar College. Humbled and excited to have the opportunity to serve women and families in a home setting, Kaia is joining the MCNYC team as added support in the role of Midwife Intern for the summer season. In the next few months, she anticipates receiving her license from the state of New York, and then moving on to a small private midwifery practice. But first stop, home birth, her true love!
Midwifery was a clear calling for Kaia, like many, but it is also perfectly suited to her upbringing and personal ideologies. Working holistically with families, and promoting health and wellness through education and supporting informed, independent choice is only half of the reason Kaia loves midwifery. The other half is her complete awe and respect for the human/female body, manifesting its greatness in pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. Her own splendid and empowering home birth was further testament to her incentive to provide women with better opportunities for supportive, compassionate prenatal care, and safe, respectful, physiologic birthing experiences. As a woman of color, she aims to bring this type of quality care to persons most at-risk and in need of these services through partnership with fellow birthworkers and advocates in the community. When not serving as a birthworker, Kaia spends her time dancing, baking, doing yoga, escaping to beaches, and continuing to learn and practice foreign languages. She and her family are planning another home birth, and are excited to welcome their 2nd child this fall.
Lindsey Mayo is a registered nurse licensed by the state of New York. She has worked as birth doula for over five 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, IBCLC and birth doula (bornknowing.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, and she has found her experiences as a 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.
Sharon Swierski is a Registered Nurse, licensed by the State of New York, holding a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Hunter Bellevue School of Nursing. Sharon currently works as a labor and delivery nurse in one of the tri-state area hospitals, but she loves attending home births with Carol and Shar as a balance between the hospital practice environment with low intervention midwifery care. She is very passionate about women’s health and plans to pursue midwifery. Sharon respects the natural process of birth and the right of a woman and her family to choose the level of intervention and environment for birth. She is thrilled to be working with Shar and Carol while also working in the hospital environment and is in constant awe of the strength and resilience of women.
Gessica Lee, “Gee,” received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) from New York University in 2016 and is currently in the process of receiving her license as a registered nurse by the State of New York. Her goals include being a Labor and Delivery Nurse and ultimately becoming a midwife. She has always been passionate about women and neonatal health, especially taking a strong interest during her clinical rotations for maternity. She has been around babies her whole life, teaching infants and toddlers how to swim, as well as water safety. She is also currently working on obtaining her doula certification. She recently joined the team at Midwifery Care NYC in March of 2017. She currently lives in Manhattan, on the Upper East Side and is originally from the Chicago area. Gee is beyond excited to be working with Shar and Carol for this amazing practice.
Nicole is a recently graduated 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 starting a midwife fellowship at The Brooklyn Birthing Center. She also counts herself lucky to be a recent 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.