Staff

Brooklyn Midwifery Group

Trinisha Williams, CM, MPH, LCCE, FACCE, CLC

Trinisha Williams began her career in health care in 1999, when she graduated from Hunter College with a Masters in Public Health with a concentration in Women's Health. After completing her MPH, she served as the Coordinating Manager of Health Education in the OB/GYN department at Bellevue Hospital Center, the Community Outreach Manager at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and as a Health Educator with the Northern Manhattan Perinatal Partnership. Trinisha became a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator in 2002, and completed a Masters of Science in Midwifery at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in 2003. She spent the next decade working as a midwife and educator in New York City hospitals, and she founded her home birth midwifery practice, Midwife in the City, in 2014. She currently teaches midwifery students at SUNY Downstate and attends home, hospital, and birthing center deliveries. She was hired as the Director of Midwifery at Brooklyn Midwifery Group in 2018.

Yuen Chan, DNP, CNM

Yuen earned a BS in Health Care Management at SUNY Stony Brook in 2003, and went on to earn a BSN from the same university in 2007. After completing her BSN, Yuen began her career as an RN in North Shore University Hospital's Level III NICU. She also promptly enrolled in Stony Brook's Nurse-Midwifery program, and completed her MSN in 2009. Yuen has since cared for women and infants in a variety of settings, including Brookdale Hospital's OB/GYN Department, Lutheran Medical Center's Chinese Health Clinic, the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center, and a private OB/GYN practice. She also serves as an adjunct faculty member at Adelphi University's College of Nursing. Yuen earned her DNP in Nurse-Midwifery at SUNY Stony Brook in 2014, and joined the Brooklyn Midwifery Group in 2015. She is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese.

Sakina O'Uhuru, CNM

Sakina O’Uhuru has been practicing the art of midwifery for 20 years and has provided maternal child health care in underserved areas for 30 years. She held the position as Site Director and Director of Midwifery Services of Morris Heights Women’s Health & Birthing Pavilion from 1999 to 2004. MHHC was the first clinic to offer out of hospital prenatal labor & delivery services in an underserved community in New York City. Sakina later served as a Clinical Preceptor for midwifery students from SUNY Downstate, Stony Brook, Columbia University, and New York University. In 2002, she founded her private home birth practice, Gentle Spirit Home Birth Midwifery Services. She has attended well over 1,000 out-of-hospital births! In 2013, Sakina founded her non-profit, A Woman's Way. This organization aims to provide community-based educational forums that focus on reducing risk for African American women during pregnancy labor and birth. Sakina also serves on the board of Beco Productions, Journey to Dance, and Soul Summit Music.

Christiane McCloskey, CM

Christiane McCloskey has been a practicing midwife for over 16 years. Her journey began with the birth of her first son and an introduction to the birth world in New York City in the late 1980s. She started working with Childbirth Education Association of Metropolitan New York, and quickly became a “birth groupie”. Along the way, she taught prenatal and postpartum exercise classes, started her own doula service and supported many new mothers through their breastfeeding experience. After the home birth of her second son, it became quite clear that she needed to take her experience and love for birthing to its logical conclusion. She graduated from the SUNY Downstate Midwifery program with a MS in Midwifery and was credentialed as an ACNM Certified Midwife in 2002.

Jennette Morgan, CNM

Jennette Morgan began her career in birth work in 2010, when she trained as a birth and postpartum doula. She spent the next five years providing prenatal, intrapartum, and postpartum support for families in New York and New Jersey, often offering her services pro bono for teens and other expectant parents in need. In 2013, Jennette completed a second bachelor's degree in Nursing at New York University and was hired as a labor and delivery nurse at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan. While working as a labor and delivery nurse, Jennette completed her MSN in Midwifery at Frontier Nursing University. After earning her midwifery license in 2017, Jennette worked with Birth & Beyond, a home birth full-scope midwifery service in Madison, Connecticut. She joined the Brooklyn Midwifery Group in 2018. Jennette believes in the power that every birthing person’s body has and understands that all people deserve access to compassionate, non-judgmental quality healthcare. She strives to provide a care environment where each person feels safe, heard, respected and empowered.

Debra Fiore, CNM

Deb Fiore earned her BSN at Salem State University in 1996, and went on to earn her MS in midwifery at Stonybrook University in 2001. She has practiced midwifery in a variety of settings, including a high-risk hospital, a freestanding birthing center, and as a private practice home birth midwife. She has attended over 1,200 births- in her words, she has "pretty much seen and done it all." An ardent supporter of physiologic birth, Deb believes in allowing the labor process to unfold in a comfortable and familiar setting: "As a midwife, I am then able to do what I do best- quietly attend, intervene when needed, and sit on my hands when not!" Deb joined the Brooklyn Midwifery Group in 2018.

Peace Moore, WHNP, CLC

Peace Moore earned her BSN at SUNY Buffalo in June of 2007, and she spent the next several years working as a labor and delivery nurse at Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center in Brooklyn. Her work as an L&D nurse led her to pursue an MSN in Women's Health. She earned her license as a Women's Health NP in 2011, and has since practiced as at Women's Choices, MIC Women's Health Services, and Garden OBGYN. She joined the Brooklyn Midwifery Group in 2018.

Susan Brockmann, CM, MPH

Susan Brockmann earned a degree in Biomedical Ethics at Brown University in 1985, and went on to work in a breast cancer clinic at Georgetown Hospital in Washington, D.C. In 1987, Susan began working at Memorial Sloan Kettering as an Administrator in the Biophysics Lab. She went on to earn a masters degree in public health from Columbia University School of Public Health in 1990, and spent the next 6 years working with HIV+ pregnant clients as a coordinator of several programs at SUNY Downstate / Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn. After Susan's two home births helped her to discover how glorious normal, supported, intentional birth can be, she decided to pursue her MS in midwifery at SUNY Downstate. After qualifying as a midwife in 1998, Susan joined a Long Island-based midwifery practice and attended both home and hospital births for 13 years. Susan is committed to working with each family that seeks conscious birthing experience. She joined the Brooklyn Midwifery Group in 2018.

Midwifery Fellows

Kathryn Peck, CNM, CLC, CD

Kathryn Peck began her career in birth work in 2011, when she certified as a labor support doula. In 2012, Kathryn decided to enhance her clinical skills by training as a birth assistant at Brooklyn Birthing Center. She was quickly hired as a birth assistant, and was promoted to Birth Assistant Program Coordinator in 2014. Kathryn has since worked as a birth assistant for BBC and a home birth midwifery practice; completed an accelerated bachelor's degree in nursing; obtained her certification as a lactation counselor; and earned a master's degree in nurse-midwifery at SUNY Downstate. She joined the Brooklyn Midwifery Group as a Midwifery Fellow in 2018. When Kathryn is not practicing midwifery, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, born at home in 2015.

Laure Sinnhuber-Giles, CM, LCCE, CLC

Laure Sinnhuber-Giles began her career as a birth worker in 2010 as a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator. The following year, she qualified as a birth doula with DONA International. Laure trained as a midwifery assistant at The Farm Midwifery Center in 2012 and as a Certified Lactation Counselor in 2013. In 2017, she completed her MS in Midwifery at SUNY Downstate. Laure speaks English, French, German, Spanish, and Japanese. She joined the Brooklyn Midwifery Group as a Midwifery Fellow in August 2018.

Consulting Obstetricians and Owners

Norma Veridiano, MD, JD

As co-founder of Brooklyn Birthing Center, Norma Veridiano, MD, has been an invaluable source of support and guidance in the development of our practice. She is a board certified OB / GYN with a large private practice in Brooklyn. Although she has retired from the practice of obstetrics, she remains a terrific referral for clients in need of gynecological follow-up not within the purview of midwives.

James Ducey, MD, FACOG

James Ducey, MD is a board certified OB / GYN and Perinatologist (high risk specialist). He is Director of both the Division of Maternal / Fetal Medicine and the Center for Women’s Health at Staten Island University Hospital (SIUH) North Shore LIJ. He will not permit any attending OB physician at SIUH to perform a primary elective cesarean section. He recognizes that the maternal mortality rate in the US is on the rise because of the dramatic increase in unnecessary cesarean sections. Dr. Ducey is available 24/7 for consultation on any question regarding our clients. He reviews all new OB charts, and reviews all client charts at 36 weeks to ensure that clients are eligible to birth at BBC in compliance with our Policies and Procedures.

Office Staff

Mauline Mullings-Bailey

Mauline Mullings-Bailey began her career in health care administration in 2004, when she was hired to manage a multi-specialty practice based at Kings County Hospital. During her ten years at Kings County Hospital, Mauline trained and mentored support personnel, managed corporate compliance and quality assurance initiatives, implemented technological advances, and improved client satisfaction ratings. Later, Mauline served as Business Operations Manager at Queens Endoscopy ASC, LLC and as Ambulatory Practice Manager at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center before joining the Birthing Medical Group team as Practice Manager in 2018. Mauline holds a BBA from Bernard Baruch College and an MA from Queens College.

Evelyn Silva

Evelyn is a Certified Medical Assistant with nearly 20 years of experience in clinical and community settings. After completing her AOS in Medical Assisting at Mandl School of Allied Health, Evelyn spent over a decade working on social science research studies as an interviewer, counselor, and phlebotomist for the New York Academy of Medicine. She later worked as a research assistant for the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, coordinating outreach and training team members on HIV counseling and phlebotomy. More recently, Evelyn served as a junior research scientist with the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center, a health educator at BOOM!Health, and a National HIV Behavioral Surveillance interviewer for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Evelyn is fluent in English and Spanish.

Rachel Libon, BSN, RN, CLC

Rachel Libon has worked in a variety of social service and public health settings since 1999. She was hired at Brooklyn Birthing Center in 2012, where she maintains practice data and coordinates special programs, including BBC's Baby-Friendly Initiative. Rachel also works as a birth assistant and postpartum visiting nurse. She holds a BA in Cultural Studies from Macalester College and a BSN at CUNY School of Professional Studies.

"I believe everyone deserves compassionate, empowering, and individualized care. The knowledge I gained while working at BBC was invaluable during my own pregnancies and birth experiences, and I aspire to make information and health care options accessible to all families."

Specialists and Educators

Tova Ovits, IBCLC

Tova graduated from Pace University with a BA in English. While nursing her youngest child, she read The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding and discovered how much she didn’t know while nursing her older kids. Tova has been dedicated to providing lactation support ever since. She became a La Leche League Leader and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant to help even more families enjoy a healthy, happy beginning.

Aphrodite Dikeakos, RD

Aphrodite Dikeakos earned a BA in Biology at Bernard Baruch College in 1994, and went on to complete her MS in Nutrition Sciences at Brooklyn College in 2001. While pursuing her masters degree, Aphrodite completed a dietetic internship at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Weil Cornell Medical Center. Her past work experience includes working as a bionutritionist at the Rockefeller University Hospital; a clinical dietitian in Athens, Greece; a Clinical Nutrition Manager at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai; and a Nutrition Consultant at Medwell Women's Health Services, our affiliated OB / GYN practice. Aphrodite has a special interest in working with pregnant clients, and enjoys working with Brooklyn Midwifery Group to promote holistic perinatal health.

Birth Assistants

Shalawn Facey, CD, CLC

Shalawn Facey is a New York native, born and raised in Brooklyn. She had her first child in 2003 and became deeply committed to motherhood. As a new mother, she quickly realized the importance of lactation support. She trained as a postpartum doula, labor doula, and certified lactation consultant in order to provide this crucial support for other new and expecting parents. In addition to working as a private doula, Shalawn teaches a Newborn Care for Expecting Parents class and works as a BBC birth assistant.

Maggie Torrance, CD, CLC

Maggie Torrance began her career in human services in 2005, when she started working as a counselor for at-risk adolescents at Ramapo for Children in Rhinebeck, NY. During her tenure at Ramapo for Children, Maggie taught independent living skills, developed a GED curriculum, and conducted outreach. She was eventually promoted to Program Manager. In 2006, Maggie worked with pregnant and parenting adolescents at the Triple L Youth Ranch. In 2011, she completed a DONA Birth Doula Training and started her freelance doula practice. Maggie was hired as an on-call birthing assistant at BBC in 2011. She holds a BA in Family Science from Anderson University.

"I began working with pregnant and parenting clients and attending births in 2006. I immediately fell in love with birth work, and I have since attended over 75 births. I enjoy working with women and their families, and I feel honored to be present during their special, life-changing events."

Angie Ferin, BSN, RN, CLC, CD

Angie Ferin discovered her passion for birth work after having her first child in 1999. She became a DONA-certified doula in 2002, and went on to teach private childbirth, newborn care, and lactation classes in addition to working as a labor support and postpartum doula. She also taught childbirth education at the Inwood House, an organization serving pregnant and parenting teens in Upper Manhattan and the Bronx. In 2011, Angie graduated from the Long Island College Hospital School of Nursing, obtained her RN license, and became a Certified Lactation Counselor. She went on to work as a nurse in a pediatrician's office, where she facilitated groups classes for new parents. Prior to training as a birth assistant at BBC, Angie assisted home birth midwives in both New York and Amsterdam, Netherlands. She now works as a birth assistant and postpartum home visit nurse for BBC and is purusing a masters degree in nurse-midwifery.

"I believe in empowering women by encouraging them to gather information and make educated choices about their birth and about parenting."

Caryne Jean Michel, CD, CLC

Caryne Jean Michel has been working in health care administration at Eastern Cardiology Associates & Dean Street Medical PC since 2002, and she served as Administrative Assistant for the Association of Haitian Physicians Abroad from 2004 - 2013. Her on-the-job exposure to a variety of issues in health care is complimented by a BS in Biology from Medgar Evers College. After completing her degree in 2010, Caryne became deeply interested in birth work. She became a DONA-certified doula in 2012 and a Certified Lactation Counselor in 2013, and has continued to develop her skills by attending trainings on acupressure, rebozo, VBAC support, bereavement, and more. Caryne completed the Beginning and Intermediate Midwifery Skills Practicum with Chanti Smith in 2013, and began training as a Birth Assistant at BBC shortly thereafter. She is now pursuing an MS in midwifery at SUNY Downstate. Caryne is fluent in French and Haitian Creole.

Nicole Denuccio, BSN, RN, CLC, LCCE

Nicole DeNuccio has focused her education and career on supporting individuals, families, and communities in having meaningful decision-making power in the choices that affect their health and well-being. Before discovering her deep connection to birth work, Nicole received a BA in Development Studies from UC Berkeley in 2009 and worked in the nonprofit industry conducting community-based research on public health, advocating for policy change, and connecting people to vital healthcare services, in Oakland, California; Durban, South Africa; and across NYC. She went on to become a DONA-trained birth doula in 2014, a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) in 2015, and a Lamaze-Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE) in 2016. Nicole received her BS in Nursing from New York University and became a Registered Nurse (RN) in 2016, and is working towards an advanced practice degree to become a Certified Nurse-Midwife and Family Nurse Practitioner. Nicole joined the BBC team as a Birth Assistant in 2015, and continues to work as a home birth midwifery assistant and volunteer as full-spectrum doula in the NYC public hospital system.

“I believe that all people deserve to birth in a safe and supportive environment, receive respectful, holistic care, and access to the information they need to make the choices that are right for them. I am continually in awe of the inner strength and wisdom of all birthing people. I celebrate in the immense joy that birth brings them and their families. I am committed to supporting people in having the positive and empowering birth experiences they choose, and am inspired by the transformation and growth that is possible with this kind of care, and the reverberating impact this has on all aspects of people’s lives. I am grateful to be a part of BBC’s work to make this kind of care more accessible to families in NYC.”

Sarah Colbath, BSN, RN, CLC, LMT

Sarah Colbath earned an Associate's Degree in Massage Therapy in 2008, and spent the next several years practicing as a Licensed Massage Therapist using a variety of techniques- including Swedish, shiatsu, deep tissue, myo-fascial release, and reflexology. She later obtained a certification in Prenatal Massage and trained as a labor and postpartum doula. Eventually, Sarah's work with perinatal clients inspired her to pursue a degree at Hunter College School of Nursing, where she graduated with honors in May of 2017. She joined the Brooklyn Birthing Center team shortly thereafter. Sarah is currently pursuing a graduate degree in midwifery at SUNY Downstate.

Larisa Sunderland, RN

Larisa has been fascinated by birth since childhood. As the daughter of a doula, Larisa was exposed to birth work at a young age- and she even witnessed the birth of her younger sister! Prior to becoming a nurse and birth worker, Larisa earned a BA in English from Mount Holyoke College. She worked as an educator and editor for a variety of health-focused non-profit organizations, and later obtained a position as a phlebotomist at One Medical Group in Manhattan. She volunteered with the Yale Doula Project while earning her nursing certificate at Yale University, where she is currently working toward an MSN in Nurse Midwifery and Women's Health.

Eva Martineau-Ocasio, MPH, BSN, RN, IBCLC, LCCE

Eva began her work in Maternal/Child health in 2007 as research coordinator for a WIC clinic in Bronx, NYC while pursuing her Master's in Public Health at Columbia University. In 2009, She went on to work at the NYC Department of Health in the Bureau of Maternal, Infant and Reproductive health providing technical assistance to hospitals seeking to improve their breastfeeding policies and practices. In this position, Eva met and was inspired by midwives and fell in love with birth work. In 2011, she became a board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) and Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE) and returned to direct client services as coordinator for breastfeeding and childbirth education services at another Bronx WIC clinic. During that time, she also served as doula for births of friends, family and acquaintances. In pursuit of her ultimate goal as midwife, she returned to obtain her Bachelor's Degree in Nursing and is currently enrolled in the Master's in Nurse-Midwifery program at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. She feels passionately about the significance of the birth experience in the human life course - especially among historically disempowered populations.

"Birth is transformative. Not only do our roles transform from laboring person to parent and couple to family, but our attitudes and dispositions can also be transformed by our birth experiences. An empowering birth will create an empowered mother who can in turn empower her family and potentially even her society. It is a privilege to care for, bear witness to and support BBC families in this transformation."

Siobhan Whalen, CD, CLC

Siobhan Whalen is a DONA International labor support and postpartum doula living in Brooklyn. Her immersion in a wellness-centered, holistic community in Ithaca, NY ignited a passion for empowering all beings to trust the power of their bodies and helped her heed the call of being a birth worker. She considers it a privilege to provide service throughout one of the most transformative experiences of a family’s life. As an aspiring midwife, Siobhan grounds her practice in a formal knowledge of the birth process and the trust that the wisdom of a person’s body is the greatest guide. Siobhan has been blessed to learn from remarkable parents, families, midwives, doulas, and birth advocates and has joined them in solidarity with the pivotal task of preserving the sanctity of birth. Siobhan has trained as a midwifery assistant with Chanti Smith, CPM and at The Farm Midwifery Center and as a Certified Lactation Counselor with the Healthy Children's Center for Breastfeeding. She currently works as a birth assistant with Kimm Sun, CNM at Sunrising Midwifery and at the Brooklyn Birthing Center. In her longtime work in youth development, Siobhan developed an understanding of the unique needs of families of color, LGBTQ families, and families with individuals with disabilities. She offers this understanding and support to all families preparing for the extraordinary journey of birth. Siobhan received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from SUNY Downstate College of Medicine and is currently completing a Masters of Midwifery at SUNY Downstate as well.

Khurshida Achilova

Khurshida Achilova trained as a primary care physician in Uzbekistan, and graduated from the Bukhara State Medical Institute in 2013. In 2015, she moved to Brooklyn and began working as a medical assistant at Atlantic Medical, where she performs phlebotomy, laboratory tests, and EKGs. Khurshida opted to pursue her interest in out-of-hospital birth by training as a birth assistant, and she joined the Brooklyn Birthing Center team in 2018. She is currently pursuing an MS in Midwifery at SUNY Downstate. Khurshida speaks English, Russian, Uzbek, Tajik, and Turkmen.

Rachel Libon, BSN, RN, CLC

Rachel Libon has worked in a variety of social service and public health settings since 1999. She was hired at Brooklyn Birthing Center in 2012, where she maintains practice data and coordinates special programs, including BBC's Baby-Friendly Initiative. Rachel also works as a birth assistant and postpartum visiting nurse. She holds a BA in Cultural Studies from Macalester College and a BSN at CUNY School of Professional Studies.

"I believe everyone deserves compassionate, empowering, and individualized care. The knowledge I gained while working at BBC was invaluable during my own pregnancies and birth experiences, and I aspire to make information and health care options accessible to all families."

Christina Darcy, CD, LCCE, CLC

Christina Darcy began her career in birth work in 2012, when she trained as a doula with DONA International. As a birth and postpartum doula, Christina specializes in education and advocacy; massage, acupressure, and other nonpharmacologic pain management techniques; and pregnancy support after loss or trauma. She has attended dozens of births, ranging from low-intervention home and birthing center births to high-risk cesarean sections. She has also completed a variety of enrichment workshops related to perinatal health, including Supporting LGBTQ Families in Labor and Birth at Any Size. In 2016, Christina became a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator and a Certified Lactation Counselor. In 2017, she trained as a Midwifery Assistant at The Farm Midwifery Center in Tennessee. She was hired as a Birth Assistant at Brooklyn Birthing Center shortly thereafter. Christina holds a B.F.A. in theater arts and film from SUNY Purchase, and she enjoys spending time with her two young daughters.

Grace Veras Sealy, CD, LCCE, CLC

Grace began her career as a birth worker in 2001, when she trained as a doula with DONA International. Over the next several years, Grace served families as a birth and postpartum doula and completed countless trainings in nonpharmacologic pain management, hypnobirthing, rebozo technique, spinning babies, integrative nutrition, and newborn care. She became a Certified Lactation Counselor in 2013, and qualified as a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator in 2017. She currently teaches childbirth education and breastfeeding classes at Mount Sinai East, provides postpartum doula services and lactation support, and works as a birth assistant at BBC. Grace is fluent in Spanish.