Our Team at Jazz Birth Center of Manhattan
Margaret Cole, CNM
Olufunmoilola Ademola, CNM
Nichole Samuel, CNM
Nicole Aljoe, CNM
Carolyn Spurlock, MS, APRN-CNM, IBCLC
Carolyn’s path to midwifery began with the joy and empowerment created by the unmedicated birth of her first child. Out of her experience grew a strong desire to support and mentor women, throughout childbearing and the life span. Born in CoCoa Beach, Florida and raised in Fairfax, Virginia, she was in the second nursing class, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia and obtained her Master’s in Midwifery from Philadelphia University, 2001. Her professional life has ranged from starting a Mother’s breastfeeding support group, to lecturing on infant ventilation in Taiwan and Korea, to providing full scope midwifery care for the largest provider of women’s healthcare in West Virginia. Currently, she is a lactation consultant in Columbus, Ohio. Carolyn enjoys traveling, scuba diving, loving on her family and grandchildren and taking every opportunity to eat icing with sprinkles! Her greatest accomplishment is being married to her best friend for 38 years. She is excited to be back in Brooklyn and practice Midwifery at the Brooklyn Birthing Center.
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.
Caroline Rei, RN
Farrell Mason-Brown, RN
Farrell Mason- Brown, RN, is from Massachusetts. She studied Public Health at Oberlin College and received her Bachelor's of Science in Nursing at MGH Institute of Health Professions. She has worked as a Registered Nurse for 6 years and also has experience working as a birth assistant during homebirths in the NYC Metro area. She has achieved the Excellence in Patient Care award at Lenox Hospital and has completed additional certifications in postpartum care and lactation assistance. She aspires to assist many families deliver healthy babies and help people feel more empowered about their birth experiences. She enjoys painting and making artwork in her free time.
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.