Barbara Sellars, CNM

The International Day of the Midwife

May 5, 2019

For forty years I have had the privilege of practicing midwifery, an endeavor more rewarding, demanding, and just plain fun than anything else in my life except motherhood. Thank you all for being a part of it - I have such wonderful memories!

As I midwife, one practices every day, in the same way a musician or an athlete, a yogi or an artist must practice. I would have happily continued to practice, learning new things and meeting new people, but the nights and the years caught up with me.

A year ago I stopped attending births, but have had the continuing pleasure of seeing clients for well-woman health care needs. Unfortunately, the office where I was subletting space at a very reasonable rate was closed at the end of March. Efforts to find affordable part-time space, suitably equipped, have been futile. WeWork doesn’t seem to have gyn exam rooms.

While I will no longer be practicing midwifery, I will always be a midwife. The email, texts, and phone calls will still reach me, and I maintain client records until the youngest child turns 21 years old, or it’s been more than 7 years since you were seen for other than pregnancy care.

Please stay in touch - I love seeing your photos and sharing your news. I will be gardening, traveling, and studying French.

Love and best wishes,


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.

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