Our Team at Brooklyn Birthing Center
Margaret Cole, CNM
Olufunmilola Ademola, CNM
Nichole Samuel, CNM
Nicole Aljoe, CNM
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.
Marsha Jnbaptiste, RN MNN is from New York . She studied applied science in nursing at Borough of Manhattan community college and received her Bachelor's of Science in Nursing at South University. She has worked as a Registered Nurse for 18 years and 15 years of that was maternal child health. Areas such as newborn nursery, postpartum, NICU, Pediatrics, and labor and delivery assessment of all newborns.
She has completed certifications in postpartum care and step down nicu care. She aspires to assist many families deliver healthy babies and help people feel more empowered about their birth experiences. She enjoys baking and cake decorating 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, FACOG, JD, SM
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.