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 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 snuck away for 4 nights in Paris with her sister Daphne to see this exhibition of Impressionist art at the Fondation Louis Vuitton. Great little apartment near Notre Dame; fabulous food; & the clouds & occasional rain did not spoil anything. Back on MLK Day – thanks to Nicole for covering!
Here’s hoping you all enjoyed the holidays. Barbara flew to Tulsa to spend time with her father, sister, and nephew, all of whom were sick within 36 hours of her arrival. She had planned to drive to Bentonville, Arkansas, home of her older daughter, Amy, so she left a little earlier (and luckily, did not get the flu). Younger daughter Jen and her family joined the festivities, so Barbara got to see both her daughters and all 3 grandchildren for Christmas.
Vanessa, Yesenia, Barbara, Perla, Anel, & Nicole
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!
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.
Dr. Jason Kanos
Dr. 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 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.
When we first found out I was pregnant, I was a nervous wreck about finding the right practice. We had only lived in the city for a few months and none of our friends here had babies, so we had no one to ask for a recommendation. Being first time "parents", everything was new and a little bit scary, especially when we thought of the labor and delivery. So, when we started researching providers, our main concern was to find someone we felt comfortable with, build a relationship with, and that would be there on "the big day." From the very start, CBS Midwifery met all our needs and more. From the new patient orientation up through delivery, you made us both feel completely at ease. You always took the time to talk through all of our questions at each appointment, provide insight for dealing with the symptoms and discomforts of pregnancy and postpartum life, and offered reassurance about the decisions we made. We are incredibly appreciative of your patience and support throughout the entire pregnancy. We left each appointment feeling well-informed and overall just happy with the treatment we received. The thought of the labor and delivery scared me, but as we got closer to our due date, just knowing one of the two of you would be there with us helped ease my fears. We truly could not have asked for a better experience throughout the whole process. Choosing CBS Midwifery was without a doubt the BEST decision we made!
Cristin, Barrett, and baby Madeleine
Nicole Marshall and Barbara Sellars are absolutely amazing. Anyone looking for an empowering birth experience will find ideal caregivers with CBS Midwifery...
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...
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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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
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
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
- 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.
» 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.
» 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].
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.
Documents & Links
Record Release Form
If you are transferring care to our office, please print the form below and send it to your current provider so your records can be available for your first appointment with us.
Download Record Release Form →
This notice describes how medical information about you may be used and disclosed and how you can get access to this information.
Read HIPAA Policy →
Common Terms and Abbreviations Used in Obstetrics
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The Midwife as Status Symbol
By Danielle Pergament
New York Times, June 17, 2012
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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%)
- Fetal indications = 6
- Unable to push baby out after 2 or more hours of trying = 3
- Cesarean deliveries without labor = 4
- 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.