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Providing evidence-based care with a compassionate touch.

Staff

Our Team at Jazz Birth Center of Manhattan

Senior Midwives

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.

Jenna Hutchens, CNM

Jenna's journey to midwifery began years ago. She first worked with mothers as a postpartum doula and later, as a labor support doula. Her passion for women's health has led her career path.
In 2005, Jenna decided to become a nurse midwife, and earned her ASN in nursing in 2007. She was quickly hired as an ER nurse at Mount Sinai Beth Israel hospital in New York City where she thrived in her role. In 2013, Jenna began her studies at Frontier Nursing University (FNU) where she first earned her family nurse practitioner degree in 2016. After this masters degree, Jenna pursued a post-graduate certificate in midwifery, also at FNU.

Midwifery experience:
Before graduating from FNU as a midwife in 2017, Jenna worked with women in various roles. As a nurse, she became certified as a sexual assault forensic examiner where she was able to work with women (primarily) victims and guide them through the difficult process of evidence collection. Before earning her advanced degrees in nursing, Jenna worked for many years as a homebirth midwife's assistant attending births in New York City. This model of care is close to her heart, but she wanted a broader knowledge base from which to provide care. In 2018 she joined Connecticut Childbirth and Women’s Center which had a dual model of in and out-of-hospital birthing options for women, as well as a women’s health practice. Her specialty as a family nurse practitioner allows her to provide holistic care for women at all stages of life.

In the community:
Jenna is very crafty. In her spare time, Jenna loves to work with clay, spend time with family, hike, cook, sew, knit, work with wood and make jewelry.

Midwifery Fellows

Eva Martineau, CNM

TBA

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.

Birth Assistants

Chana Lebovic, RN

TBA

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.