About Us

Midwives

 

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.

lindsey mayo

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.

Ximena rossato-bennett

Ximena’s journey to midwifery began in 1998 when she was pregnant with her first child and planning a birth center birth in New York City. The comfort and familiarity of midwifery care felt instinctually right for her as she comes from a family with several home and birth center births – including her youngest sibling. The normalcy of birth had never been a question, but her midwives were role models and the spark of her career journey.  Ximena attended the Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing at Mt. Sinai in NYC and graduated with her ASN in 2007. She worked as a nurse in the emergency department, surgical intensive care unit, and hospice. She started her studies at Frontier Nursing University (FNU) in 2013. She obtained her master’s degree in nursing with a specialty as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) in 2016 and her post-graduate certificate in midwifery (CNM) in 2017.  From 2018 to 2020, Ximena worked as a full-spectrum midwife at the Connecticut Childbirth & Women’s Center with delivery privileges in both a free-standing birthing center and Danbury Hospital. She returned to work in New York City in 2020 and worked at the Brooklyn Birthing Center and Jazz Birth Center.  Born in Cordoba, Argentina, she moved with her family to Miami, FL in 1982. She settled in New York City in 1996 and now calls Brooklyn home. She has two grown children who also live in New York City.  Ximena is excited and honored to be joining her longtime friend and colleague Shar LaPorte at Midwifery Care NYC.  

Office Staff

Nicole Primoff

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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

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.

student/fellow

rosa vuojolainen

 Rosa recently completed her Master’s of Midwifery degree at SUNY Downstate. She has 5 years of experience as a labor & birthing RN in a large academic hospital. After a taste of assisting Shar & Lindsey at home births, she is thrilled to join Midwifery Care NYC as a Fall Fellow! Rosa was born in Tampere, Finland. She’s been enamored by NYC since landing a customer service position at Planned Parenthood 8 years ago. Rosa holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Anthropology and Environmental Biology from the University of Toronto as well as a Bachelor’s of Nursing from Columbia University. In her midwifery career, she aspires to improve maternal health outcomes through increasing access to out of hospital birth. 

mia lamberth

Mia was born in Berlin, but grew up in Brooklyn.  Her wonder for birth and pregnancy started early in childhood.  She was an only child for the first seven years of her life and found a purpose as an advocate for birthing people, women and families on the day she became a big sister.  Mia’s path to midwifery started in pediatric nursing, finishing her degree in the summer of 2019.  That same year she continued her bachelor’s degree in midwifery.  She is currently in the last year of her program and feels herself forming into the midwife she wants to be.  That is why she couldn’t be more grateful that Shar accepted her as a Fellow.  Mia is overjoyed to be welcomed into this intimate and miraculous time of preparing and welcoming a new human into your family.