Call us at: (212) 366-4699

80 Maiden Lane, Suite 901, New York, NY 10038

  • Owned & run by New York City midwives since 1982
  • Barbara with a prenatal patient
  • Nicole with a prenatal patient
  • The belly - then the baby!
  • New mom, dad, and baby at the Roosevelt Birthing Center
  • View of a Birthing Center Room at Roosevelt Hospital
  • Danielle Jackson, RN, welcomes you to the Roosevelt Birthing Center

Welcome to CBS Midwifery

Barbara Sellars and Nicole Marshall provide prenatal, delivery, and gyn services at CBS Midwifery. Births are attended at Roosevelt Hospital, a member of the Mt. Sinai Medical Group.

Orientation for Prospective Clients

CBS Midwifery offers a free Orientation for Prospective Clients on Tuesday evenings at 6 pm.

This session is held at our office and will give you an opportunity to meet midwives and hear about our practice. The sessions should last about one hour, and there is plenty of time for you to ask all your questions, if they were not covered by our presentation. Please call the office (1-212-366-4699) to book your spot, as space is limited due to the size of our waiting room, where the session is held. You and your partner are both welcome. If you have questions about fees/insurance coverage, please contact office manager/insurance expert Connie Carnes, at [email protected], which is a secure email.

If you are unable to attend the free, group orientation, you may book an appointment with one of the midwives on a Monday or a Thursday during regular office hours, but you will only be able to meet one of us at such an appointment, and there will be a $50 fee.

Practice News


On September 25, 2015


CBS Midwifery is now accepting up to 8 clients due in any one calendar month.

More appointment times available!
We are now able to see patients every Tuesday afternoon from 1 – 4:30 pm. Barbara and Nicole will alternate Tuesday afternoons in the office.

Nicole will be covering these times

Nicole is on call every Sunday evening – Tuesday evening. She will also cover one weekend a month.

Barbara will be with her family for a few days between Christmas and New Years; Nicole will be on vacation January 6 – 13, 2016.


On November 29, 2015

CBS Midwifery’s 3,500th client gave birth on Thanksgiving Day – we were all so grateful for a beautiful healthy baby girl and 38 years of our practice. Next up: Barbara’s 2,000th! (That’s babies, not birthdays). Stay tuned for the big announcement!

France with Friends

On September 25, 2015

I had a wonderful week at a chateau in the countryside near Lautrec (9/18-23) with 9 other friends of Catherine Carr, to celebrate her birthday. Catherine & I met in nursing school, then became midwives & dear friends.

Mornings at the Chateau D’Aragon began with a trip into the village for fresh croissants & pain aux raisins or citron. Then over our coffee or tea & pastries we’d decide who was going where with whom. I saw some of Toulouse, Castres, Carcassone, & Albi, & hiked “The Crests” tour around Lautrec. Each evening we had a fabulous dinner cooked by Cousin John, one of the party who’s a professional chef from San Francisco.

The actual birthday celebration featured a chocolate mousse cake from the local patisserie & the surprise announcement to Catherine that we had established a scholarship in her name through the American College of Nurse Midwives.

Many thanks to Nicole for taking good care of all our clients while I was having such a great time!

Catherine and Barbara hiking around Lautrec

We made crowns out of sparkly pipe cleaners for the party – here’s my royal look!

A fun few days at the Jersey Shore

On August 15, 2015

Barbara spent a fun few days at the Jersey Shore with her sister Daphne, granddaughter Clementine, & grandson Kieran. They played pinball when it rained & mini-golf when it didn’t, & had some beautiful beach days.

Here is Barbara sharpening her eye-hand coordination at the Silverball Arcade.

Barbara, her sister, & grandkids after a round of mini-golf

Meet The Midwives


I was a mother before I was a nurse or midwife, and my own experiences shaped my vision of what women's health care should be. I know first-hand what a difference information and a sense of control can make when you are having a baby. Each woman and her partner are different, and there is no "right way" to give birth. My goal is to help each couple find their way to a safe and satisfying birth experience.
Barbara Sellars, CNM

Barbara Sellars, CNM attended Vassar College, gave birth to her daughters Amy and Jennifer, and then became a certified childbirth educator. She received a B.S.N. from the University of Texas at Austin, and graduated from Yale University's Midwifery Program. She is privileged to have delivered all three of her grandchildren, Kendall (9/15/96), Kieran (10/6/99) and Clementine Rose (5/7/03).


Nicole Marshall, CNM has a bachelor's degree from Fordham University and dual master's degrees in Midwifery and Women's Health from Columbia University. She began her career at Bronx Lebanon Hospital where she worked for many years attending births and caring for women of all ages. In 2011, Nicole decided to pursue an interest in global health and spent several months in Uganda where she taught sex education and delivered babies in a rural birthing center alongside traditional birth attendants. Nicole has also worked at Albert Einstein College of Medicine as a research clinician, investigating drugs to prevent the transmission of HIV, and at Ottenheimer Health, practicing holistic gynecology.

Nicole lives with her husband and daughter, Eleanor, who was born into the hands of Barbara at the Roosevelt Birthing Center. She lives in Maplewood, New Jersey.

Physician Consultants

Dr. Jason Kanos

Dr. Jason KanosDr. Jason Kanos is the primary consulting physician for CBS Midwifery. He is a private attending physician at Mt. Sinai Roosevelt Hospital and is the Medical Director of Labor and Delivery as well as the head of the Quality Assurance program at the hospital. He is available to us by phone, text, or email with any questions we may have, and will see any of our patients who need his hands-on expertise, at his office at 780 Eighth Avenue in mid-Manhattan.

Dr. Deborah Ottenheimer

Dr. Deborah OttenheimerDr. Deborah Ottenheimer and her staff share our office space at 80 Maiden Lane. Dr. Ottenheimer specializes in office gynecology and works with several nurse-practitioners and a physician’s assistant. We have a very friendly and cooperative relationship with Dr. Ottenheimer and her staff, and can consult with them about gyn issues (and they ask us questions about ob). The front desk staff meets the needs of both practices.

Obstetrical Coverage during Labor and Birth

The private attending physician who is designated by Roosevelt as the doctor supervising the obstetrical residents, and who must be physically present in the hospital when doing so, is the obstetrician who “covers” the midwives when they have a patient in labor.



Nicole Marshall and Barbara Sellars are absolutely amazing. Anyone looking for an empowering birth experience will find ideal caregivers with CBS Midwifery. All throughout prenatal care, they were attentive and supportive of me and also included my husband in every appointment as we got to hear the baby's heart beat and talk about our hopes for labor and delivery. Even when I experienced some painful complications and a visit to the ER, Barbara was on the phone with me many times throughout the day and consulted with me on every test and procedure. Although it was frightening for me, Barbara conveyed her calm and confidence which are contagious.

But it was during labor and delivery that their experience and approach made all the difference. Even two months later, I'm still in awe. It was their talent and expertise that allowed us to have the kind of delivery we wanted.

Despite a very long labor of over 24 hours as well as bad back labor and an OP presentation, Nicole Marshall was there with us every moment. Nicole was on the phone with us in early the evening when active contractions started, met us at the hospital at midnight, then waited while we were sent home for a few more hours and was in constant contact throughout the night. Once we were admitted to the birthing center the following morning, Nicole calmly guided our labor and truly collaborated with us on all decisions. I was quite fearful of any and all interventions (even as simple as an IV) but Nicole was always supportive and clearly explained why each step was necessary. She then coached me through a very difficult delivery. Nicole remained by our side even when Barbara arrived to relieve her the following night. Together they delivered our baby girl vaginally with no tearing, no complications and the joyful arrival of our perfect, healthy and happy baby! Thank you Nicole and Barbara!!!


After many years of trying to get pregnant, and one early-term miscarriage, my husband and I were thrilled when we finally conceived. I knew that I wanted as natural of a pregnancy and birth as possible and I wanted a midwife to help us make that possible. From my first communication with Barbara, I knew she would be the woman to see us through this experience. She was (and still is!) always available to answer questions and concerns (and responds very quickly) – and does so with a sense of humor and in a manner that can put even the most worried minds at ease.



My husband was not at all sure he wanted us to use a midwife for the birth of our child but I was convinced a midwife was the way to go. He was convinced once he met Barbara...

Ann M.


I had a phenomenal experience with Barbara Sellars. After putting in a lot of time and effort into finding out about every possible choice of care that would lead to delivery at the Roosevelt Birthing Center, I went with Barbara due to her modern, no fuss, common sense approach to pregnancy care...


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Pregnancy Care

Prenatal Care

Same physical care as physicians provide, but your entire appointment is spent with the midwife, with lots of time for discussion and questions.

  • Scheduled appointments are honored with little or no waiting.
    • First visit lasts one hour and includes:
    • Complete history
    • Full physical exam
    • Lab work
    • Discussion of nutrition, geared to your needs
    • Help in choosing genetic and developmental testing: making the decision that's right for you and your partner
  • Repeat visits last half an hour - 5 minutes for physical check-up and 25 minutes for discussion
  • Partners, children, family members and friends are welcome.

Photo: The Toy Corner



Birth at Roosevelt Hospital

New Jacuzzi

Photo: New Jacuzzi in a Birthing Center Room

In-hospital birth center with Jacuzzis and double beds in each room, for low-risk clients. Discharge 12-24 hours after delivery.
One to two night hospital stay after birth in your private birth room on the fully-equipped Labor and Delivery floor, for clients who want the option of epidural anesthesia or just want to stay the extra time.

  • All exams by your midwife, not by residents or students
  • Midwife with you at the hospital for your labor, birth, and immediate postpartum
  • Food and drink encouraged during labor in Birthing Center - no IV's necessary.
  • All modern technology available, including pain relief, but used only if necessary
  • You choose your birth position
  • 24 hour rooming-in available
  • Nursing staff that supports breastfeeding
  • Neonatal intensive care unit available
  • Instruction in baby care, including bathing



  • In-hospital visits from the midwife
  • Circumcision, if parents so desire
  • 6 weeks postpartum check up at the office
  • Family planning, with your needs in mind


Photo: View of a Birthing Center Room at Roosevelt Hospital



Photo: A chair for your toddler, a buggy for your newborn (Raggedy Ann comes out), and our handmade quilt

Well-Woman Gyn Care

For all those years when you're not pregnant

  • Yearly exams and pap smears
  • Contraceptive counseling
    • Birth control pills
    • Nuva ring
    • Emergency contraception
    • Diaphragm
  • Intrauterine device (IUD) insertion and counseling
  • Treatment of vaginal infections and genital warts
  • Blood tests, urine tests
  • Pre-pregnancy counseling
  • Peri-menopausal counseling
  • Intrauterine insemination (IUI)

Insurance & Fees


Any insurance company registered to provide obstetrical insurance coverage in the State of New York must, by law, provide coverage for midwifery services. Clients who are members of HMO's and PPO's which provide out of plan services have the option of using our practice.

If you are unsure of the information provided by your insurance carrier, please call the State Insurance Commissioner's office in Albany, NY. Often, insurance representatives are unaware of midwifery services, and present misinformation regarding coverage.

Payment Options

» Our fee for care during pregnancy, delivery, and postpartum is $6,500.
» $500 is due at the first visit and the balance is to be paid by 36 weeks.
» We do not participate with any insurance companies.
(Includes all prenatal visits, labor and delivery care, postpartum hospital visits, and a six-week postpartum examination.)

If you need only some prenatal visits while you are here in New York City, and you know you will be having your baby somewhere else, we will be glad to see you on a per-visit basis and give you all your records when you are ready to move onward.

Gyn Care:
» First visit $250 (1 hour, complete history and physical exam)
» Subsequent yearly check-ups $150

For more clarification, feel free to contact our office manager Connie Carnes at 212-366-4699 or email her at [email protected].

Fee Schedule

The $500 deposit due at the initial visit is partially refundable if you move or must leave our care for another legitimate reason.

Laboratory fees, sonograms, amniocentesis, circumcision, etc. are separate fees and may or may not be billed directly to the insurance carrier, depending on the policy coverage. If you have to see the back-up physician in his or her office, he or she will bill you separately for that service. If the physician is involved in your delivery, there will not be a separate fee.

About CBS

CBS Midwifery was established in 1982, and by 2014 had helped birth over 3,400 babies.

Obstetrical and well-woman gynecology care is provided by Barbara Sellars, CNM, and Nicole Marshall, CNM, who are certified by the American College of Nurse-Midwives. Barbara, herself, has helped birth over 1,900 babies.

Midwifery is recognized as a licensed profession by the state of New York. Barbara and Nicole can write prescriptions.

Our office staff is friendly and helpful. When you call, make sure you let them know if it is an emergency.

Connie Carnes, our office manager, can assist with questions about billing and insurance.

Photo: Located in this beautiful old building in the Financial District. Near Fulton Street subway stop and PATH train.