Our Team at Jazz Birth Center of Manhattan
Feeta Caphart, CNM
Feeta Caphart became a midwife to help womxn live informed, empowered, healthy lives. It is important to Feeta that the people she touches feel seen, heard, cared for. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Montgomery County, Maryland, she received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Miami in Florida in 2011. After working as a Labor and Delivery Nurse for a few years, she attended Georgetown University’s Nurse-Midwifery and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Program in Washington, D.C., graduating with her Master of Science in 2017. Prior to her role as Senior Midwife, Feeta served Brooklyn families as a Midwife and Nurse Practitioner in a private OB/GYN practice. When she is not catching babies, Feeta enjoys reading, listening to podcasts, and spending time with her family and friends.
Shannyn Dewey, CNM
Shannyn Dewey is a Certified Nurse Midwife from Hudson, NY. She got her Master’s degree in Nursing with a concentration in midwifery from the University of New Mexico in 2017. She obtained her Bachelors of Nursing in 2007 from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She has a strong background working with infants and mothers as a Pediatric and Neonatal Intensive care nurse as well as spending time as a Labor and Delivery nurse. Shannyn loves catching babies and educating new parents during prenatal care in her role as a midwife. She is currently enrolled in a bioregional herbalism course so she can further enrich her relationship with the plants that grow around the Hudson Valley and how they can be useful to women, especially during the childbearing year. She is also passionate about working with mothers who struggle with addiction and looks forward to developing this interest as her career progresses. In her free time, Shannyn enjoys kayaking and biking. She also enjoys hiking in the Catskill mountains with her rescue dog Piñon.
Mary DiMasi, CNM
Guided by her passion for women’s health and knowledge of advanced evidence-based medicine, Mary Di Masi, CNM is a trusted medical practitioner. After graduating from her certified nurse midwife program with honors, Mary started caring for women throughout the greater Washington, D.C., metro area. She is very happy to be returning to New York where she was born and raised. Mary is known for patient-centric care where she spends time educating each of her patients on preventive medicine and treatment plans. This supportive type of environment allows women to share in the decision-making process for gynecological care, prenatal care, and delivery options. Mary even helps with family planning. Whether a woman is interested in selecting the right type of birth control or is ready to start getting pregnant, Mary offers compassionate care every step of the way. Patients of Mary adore her natural caring and nurturing demeanor. She’s highly skilled at helping women find peace and comfort during the most difficult and overwhelming stages of pregnancy and delivery.
Makeda Rambert, CNM
Makeda’s journey to midwifery began when she attended her first birth in the comfort of a family’s home in New York City. The beauty and serenity that permeated this particular birth is what convinced her to follow her calling into the profession. Makeda was born in Brooklyn, New York, and later moved to Silver Spring, Maryland in her early childhood. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Emory University and later received her Master of Science in Midwifery from Philadelphia University. Makeda is currently studying herbalism under Aviva Romm and, in the future, she plans to integrate this discipline into her midwifery practice. Makeda is excited to return to the New York City area and join the Brooklyn Birthing Center as a Fellow Midwife.
Jennifer Matlin Rubashkin, RN, CLC
Jennifer Rubashkin is a NY licensed RN and Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC). She grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and moved to Israel after earning her BA in Biology from the University of California, Berkeley. While in Israel she studied to become an RN and a Nurse Midwife. She worked at one of the first baby friendly hospitals for almost ten years in Neonatology and then in Labor and Delivery.
While working as a midwife at the Sourasky Medical Center in Tel Aviv, Jennifer found a passion for empowering women in birth, and established and taught the first English Childbirth Courses offered by the hospital.
After moving back to the States, Jennifer became a Certified Lactation Counselor and continued her work as a childbirth educator and counseled women with baby feeding issues.
Jennifer is excited to be back in the birthing world and to have the opportunity to be a birth assistant at the BBC. She hopes to re-certify as a midwife in New York in the near future. When Jennifer is not working, she is spending time with her family, jogging, or curled up reading a good book and sipping tea.
Talia Page, CLC
Talia first attended University of Colorado to study Mathematics on a scholarship, before realizing that her true calling lay with helping mothers and families. She dove in full heartedly, attending a DONA doula training as well as becoming a Certified Prenatal Yoga instructor and Certified Lactation Counselor. She returned to school and graduated from SUNY Downstate with her bachelor’s in nursing in 2020. Her next goal is to return to school to become a Nurse Midwife. Talia has worked in the Postpartum unit at Mount Sinai West, as well as working with individual families as a doula and through teaching prenatal yoga. Before discovering birth, Talia worked as a childcare provider and found a passion working with families of special needs children for over 10 years. She sees her birth work as an extension of her caregiving experience, and loves learning from each new family she works with.
Emily Pusey, RN
Emily Pusey is a Registered Nurse and a Student Nurse Midwife at SUNY Downstate from Long Island. She has experience in high risk antepartum and postpartum care. She knew for years that she wanted to be a nurse, but it wasn’t until she started working in an OBGYN office that she found her passion for midwifery. Although the doctors she learned from were great, she was always drawn to a more natural, holistic model of patient care. This drive lead her to attend Midwifery school, and start volunteering with the Brooklyn Birthing Center. Emily is now excited to start working as a Birth Assistant at both the Brooklyn and Jazz Birthing Centers. Some of her accomplishments also include achieving certifications electronic fetal monitoring, and becoming a certified lactation counselor. In her free time, she enjoys doing yoga, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.
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.
Consulting Obstetricians and Owners
Norma Veridiano, MD, JD, MBA
As co-founder of the Brooklyn Birthing Center in 1999, Norma Veridiano, MD. has guided and supported the birth center in delivering over 1500 babies. In the last 10 years, she has taken active executive positions in the leadership and oversight of the Brooklyn Midwifery Group, Brooklyn Birthing Center and the new opening of the Jazz Birth Center of Manhattan. She is a board certified OB/ GYN, recently retired from performing gyn surgery right up to the time of Covid-19 and from her position as founding partner of a large private practice for over 40 years in Brooklyn. She has been awarded numerous awards in recognition of her care to women over decades, and yearly her yearly mission work globally. The award, however, that she is most proud of receiving is the American Association of Birth Centers (AABC) Professional Achievement Award in 2018, Texas, for her active contribution to the advancement of birth centers.
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.