Call us at: (212) 366-4699

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

  • Barbara’s 2,000th birth.
  • 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 Mt. Sinai West, formerly known as Mt. Sinai Roosevelt or St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center
  • View of a Birthing Center Room at Mt. Sinai West, formerly known as Mt. Sinai Roosevelt or St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center
  • Danielle Jackson, RN, welcomes you to Mt. Sinai West, formerly known as Mt. Sinai Roosevelt or St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center

Welcome to CBS Midwifery

Barbara Sellars and Nicole Marshall provide prenatal, delivery, and gyn services at CBS Midwifery. Births are attended at Mt. Sinai West, formerly known as Roosevelt Hospital or St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center.

Why Choose CBS Midwifery?

Individualized Care

  • Two midwives - you get to know us and we get to know you
  • No more than 8 clients accepted for any one calendar month
    • Barbara and Nicole are not too busy or too tired to meet your needs
  • Direct Access - you have our cell phone numbers from your first visit
    • Text, call, or email at any time, day or night and we will respond
    • No answering service between you and your midwife
    • No "press 1 for this" or "2 for that"
  • Midwife stays with you throughout your birth - we do not hand over your care to another provider if complications arise, but are by your side to explain, support, and advise you if MD help is needed
  • Long appointments
    • Plenty of time for questions and answers
    • First prenatal visits = 1 hour
    • Follow up visits = 1/2 hour
    • Postpartum visit = 1 hour

Options for Birth

  • In-hospital Birthing Center
    • Supportive, non-interventive care for uncomplicated births
    • Intermittent fetal monitoring
    • No routine IV's
    • Jacuzzi tubs
    • Eating or drinking allowed throughout labor
    • No limit on number of support people with you in labor
    • Choice of position for delivery
    • Partner and baby stay with you until discharge
    • Early discharge (12-18 hours) if appropriate
      • Pediatrician must clear baby
      • Mom must feel ready to go home
  • Labor and Delivery Unit
    • New triage area with private rooms, not curtains separating beds
    • Private labor rooms one floor above Birth Center, for easy transfer if needed
    • Bathtubs in each labor room
    • MD's, residents, and physician assistants who are supportive of midwifery care
    • 3 operating rooms and a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, just in case
  • Postpartum Unit
    • For clients who deliver on Labor and Delivery:
      • Rooming-in for all babies, as desired
      • Private rooms where partners can spend the night with mom and baby (extra charge for private rooms)
    • Lactation consultants available 7 days/week
    • Nursing staff supportive and knowledgeable about breastfeeding

Pain Control Options

  • Nitrous oxide ("gas and air")
  • Analgesics (Demerol or Stadol, given as an injection)
  • Epidural anesthesia (on Labor and Delivery Unit only)

Good Outcomes

  • Satisfied clients (See testimonials)
  • Low Cesarean and episiotomy rates
  • 47+ years of midwifery experience!

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 one or both of the 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 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.

Our front desk staff answers the phone from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday - Friday (the office is closed on holidays). On the one Friday each month when we have a staff meeting, the phone will be answered starting at 10:00 am.

Practice News


On October 6, 2016


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.

Call Coverage

Nicole covers call two 24 hour periods each week, one weekend a month, and when Barbara is on vacation. Barbara is on call the rest of the time.

Barbara’s daughter has bought her a ticket for “Hamilton” for June 25, 2017 so she will not be available that afternoon!

Barbara Re-connecting with 2 Friends

On October 13, 2016

Barbara recently had the pleasure of re-connecting with 2 of the friends from last September’s week in the southwest of France. Jim and Ron visited NYC from their home in Seattle, and their top priority was a real pastrami sandwich. They were satisfied by the humongous ones at Katz’s Deli, and appreciated the “ambiance.” Afterwards we had a very interesting tour of the Tenement Museum. Jim had always wanted to see Flatbush Avenue (Barbara: “So there’s Flatbush Avenue.” Jim: “Ok we can go now.”) and from there we toured some of Brooklyn and had chopped liver and matzo ball soup at Mile End. (“We can’t get this kind of food in Seattle!”) In appreciation of her tour guiding, Ron and Jim treated Barbara to an Italian feast at Scarpetta on their last night in town. They’ll be back next spring, and have already bought tickets to “Hello, Dolly!” with Bette Midler. Can’t wait!


Nicole in Fire Island

On September 9, 2016


Nicole had a great week in Fire Island with her family. Eleanor loved swimming in the waves, building sand castles with her cousins, flying kites and catching frogs. The moms, dads, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends loved watching the little ones squeal with joy as they rode and tumbled through the waves (and also loved cocktails overlooking the sunset!) With two new additions to the family (baby Jessie and baby Maggie) the kids are officially running the show! Many thanks to Nonna for hosting another wonderful year.

Nicole at Newport Folk Festival

On August 3, 2016


Nicole had a great time at the Newport Folk Festival (third year in a row)! She stopped off in Ogunquit, Maine where she spent time with her in-laws and friends collecting beach treasures, swimming and rock climbing. Then it was off to Newport where she, Josh, and a bunch of friends danced the weekend away.

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 Mt. Sinai West, formerly known as Mt. Sinai Roosevelt or St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital 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 West, formerly known as Mt. Sinai Roosevelt or St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, and is 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 Mt. Sinai West, formerly known as Mt. Sinai Roosevelt or St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, 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 Mt. Sinai West, formerly known as Mt. Sinai Roosevelt or St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital 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 Mt. Sinai West

New Jacuzzi

Photo: New Jacuzzi in a Birthing Center Room

In-hospital birth center with jacuzzis and queen-sized beds in each room. Discharge 18-24 hours after delivery. If parents wish to stay longer after a birth in the Birth Center, they may be transferred to a regular postpartum room after the first 18 - 24 hours, for the second night in the hospital.
Delivery in a private room on the Labor and Delivery Unit, followed by transfer to a postpartum room for a 1 - 2 night stay. Epidurals are available on the Labor and Delivery Unit. Private postpartum rooms, where the partner may stay overnight with the new mom and baby, are available for an extra fee.

  • 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 Mt. Sinai West



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

Gentle Cesareans

At CBS Midwifery we take great pride in our low rate of cesarean section.

However, our highest priority is a healthy baby and a healthy mother and sometimes a cesarean is unavoidable. In these cases we can assure you that our surgeons are exceptional, we will stay with you throughout the C/S, and the experience will be beautiful. We are thrilled to offer a gentle, family-centered cesarean for women who need surgery for non-emergent reasons. This approach aims to invoke a peaceful, calm atmosphere that closely mimics what happens during and after a natural childbirth. The baby is placed immediately on mom's chest where he or she will stay skin to skin. You can bring relaxing music, and your partner can stay with you throughout the procedure. You can even watch the baby's birth through a clear or lowered drape.

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 2015 had helped birth over 3,500 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 2,000 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.

CBS Midwifery Statistics for 2015

  • Total deliveries = 81
  • Vaginal deliveries = 68
  • Of the vaginal deliveries:
  • Intact perineum (no stitches) = 34
  • Episiotomies = 6
  • Perineal lacerations requiring stitches = 28
  • Cesarean deliveries after labor = 9 (11%)
  • Reasons:
  • Fetal indications = 6
  • Unable to push baby out after 2 or more hours of trying = 3
  • Cesarean deliveries without labor = 4
  • Reasons:
  • Breech baby, could not be turned = 2
  • 9 lb 14 oz. baby, no labor after 2 days of ruptured membranes = 1
  • Repeat Cesarean, post dates, bigger baby than the first one, maternal choice = 1
  • First-time moms = 55
  • Second baby = 22
  • Third baby = 2
  • Fourth baby = 1
  • Fifth baby = 1 (all 5 births with CBS!)
  • Repeat customers = 14 moms who had previous baby(babies) with CBS

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