Providing evidence-based care with a compassionate touch.


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.

Midwifery Fellows

Eva Martineau, CNM


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


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.