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

May 16, 2018. The last birth for CBS Midwifery. 3,711 over 36 years!

Farewell to CBS Midwifery

Dear Clients and Colleagues,

It’s been great. We thank you for everything. But we regret to inform you that CBS Midwifery is accepting new clients with due dates only before June 1, 2018. When those clients have given birth, CBS Midwifery as you have known it for 36 years will change.

Barbara will be doing well-woman gyn visits starting in the fall of 2018. She is retiring from delivering babies, however, as she turned 71 in March. Nicole and Amanda both have young families and can’t take on more hours. And we can’t afford to hire a fourth midwife.

We will miss you all, and the practice of midwifery as we have been privileged to perform it. We feel that CBS has been unique, and we wish it could continue. But we are referring you to other great midwives, nurse-practitioners, and doctors, so check the list.

Dr. Deborah Ottenheimer, our office-mate and friend, will continue to practice in the space at Suite 901 of 80 Maiden Lane with 3 nurse-practitioners. They are willing and able to see previous CBS Midwifery patients for gynecology (no obstetrics beyond pregnancy confirmation), and they take most insurances.

See attached for information on how to get a copy of your records sent.

To all the amazing women and their families we’ve been honored to serve, we send you our love and best wishes. So many good memories. Please stay in touch via the website (nycmidwives.com) and email ([email protected]).

Barbara Nicole Amanda

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Update as we Wind Down

We finished up a little earlier than expected: the last 2 births for CBS Midwifery happened 42 minutes apart on May 16th! Barbara was privileged to catch the last 2 babies and will do the final postpartum visits in June. She'll be available over the summer by phone for gyn needs, and will see patients again for well-woman (non-pregnant) care in September. Reach her on her cell phone when you need. As for Nicole and Amanda, you'll just have to keep checking here – so far, no firm plans for the future (maybe summer at the beach with the kids!)

Practice News

A New Midwife at CBS

On April 3, 2014

I am pleased and excited to announce that Nicole Marshall, CNM, is joining me in providing care to clients at CBS Midwifery. I came to know her when she was working under Dr. Ottenheimer, providing gyn care here in the office at 80 Maiden Lane. I loved her positive attitude and buoyant personality, and so did her clients.

When Nicole was pregnant, she chose CBS Midwifery for her care, so we became closer through those 9 months and the birth of her daughter Eleanor in November, 2013. Nicole shares my philosophy that birth is a normal process and that women can be trusted to know what is best for them.

She will be working very part-time in the beginning – in order to meet our clients, she will share office hours with me on Thursday afternoons for a few months, before she starts seeing patients on her own. We anticipate that she will take call one day a week starting in September, 2014. You can read Nicole’s bio under “Meet the Midwives” – she is an experienced practitioner.

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 Birthing Center. She lives in Maplewood, New Jersey.


Amanda Segilia, CNM, is a 2004 graduate of Columbia University’s Nurse-Midwifery Program, and began working at Midwifery of Manhattan in 2005. Amanda’s combined passions of international and women’s health and her undergraduate studies in anthropology inspired her path to midwifery. She was employed in the field of not-for-profit public health and as a labor and delivery nurse in NYC prior to her career in midwifery. Before starting with Midwifery of Manhattan, she trained in a home birth setting providing care to Amish and Mennonite families in rural Pennsylvania. She continues to be inspired by birth, yoga, and her dynamic husband and children, and hopes to share this energy with the women she cares for. Amanda lives in Maplewood, NJ with her husband and 3 children, who were born in the Mt. Sinai West Birthing Center.


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.



The bright, experienced and caring Amanda Segilia delivered our first child. Amanda is a true professional in knowledge and bedside manner. I had the pleasure of meeting Amanda a couple times for prenatal care, once at my 40 week appointment just days before the birth where she prepared me for possible outcomes, all backed with research and facts. As I learned as a first time mother, first births can be long - contractions for me were a full day and by the time our son arrived it was another half day. Amanda was by my side, never losing enthusiasm, not once wavering through the entire process. She offered many alternatives and solutions when I was so worn out pushing allowing me to eventually find the right side-lying position. Her confidence in me at each stage combined with her instructions and affirmations lead me to power through a vaginal delivery. I am very grateful Amanda attended our son's arrival!

And I must mention from start to finish Barbara and Nicole were also fantastic! After the orientation Barbara hosted in the beginning to a scare hospital visit when Nicole was on call later on in my pregnancy, these midwives are at the top of their game! If we decide and are able to have another baby, we would only come back to CBS Midwifery. For us there is no other! Same accolades go to the staff at Mt Sinai West's Labor and Delivery and Postpartum Units.



Right from the start I could see how Barbara and Nicole's practice is unique.

I was looking for a practice that I could transfer to at 26 weeks which would enable me to give birth in the birthing center, and I was hoping to find someone who would be personal and who care for me throughout. I didn't want to go somewhere where I would meet the care provider once, and then see her again for the birth and that's it...

Well, with CBS I definitely got what I was looking for! Barbara and Nicole are big on getting to know their clients before their birth times come. I loved being on a first name basis with my care providers, loved having their phone numbers and being able to ask them any question at any time. I am so appreciative of how pleasant and comfortable they made my birthing experience. I'm realizing now how confident they made me feel - how encouraging and empowering they were! Nicole made me feel so confident about breastfeeding by telling me how I had great nipples for breastfeeding. Barbara told how I surprised her by being already 5 centimeters dilated when we got to the hospital! And all throughout she kept telling me how well I was doing. She even commented how it looked like I'd given birth before! Barbara helped me listen to my body and follow my instincts. Contrast that with the comments my friends are hearing from their doctors — "your pelvis is too small," "your baby is too big," "do you really want to stay here doing this for hours - we could just give you a C-section"!! The contrast is especially great when I think of how Barbara told me during my labor, "the hospital says I have to offer you a C-section because of the amount of weight you gained... there, I offered it to you. You don't want it, right?" Her assurance that this was ridiculous, and that a C-section really wasn't necessary, calmed me and made me feel settled about my natural birth choice.

I am so thankful for the calming and empowering attitude both Barbara and Nicole have toward their clients. When a woman is giving birth and she in a very sensitive state they know exactly what to say to make her feel capable and strong!

In addition to all that, they were respectful and helpful regarding our religious needs. Barbara got a partition for us; she filled out forms for us because we couldn't write on Shabbat... all with a smile.



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...

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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