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...
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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