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College of Health Related Professions – Midwifery Program

Commencement Highlights

group photo

Faculty and clinical preceptors congratulate the Class of 2018

Congratulations - Class of 2018


Maria Catalina Bertani

Rushea Dawes-Moore

Thalia Gooden

Caryne Jean Michel

Deirdre Lehn

Julia Louis

Nubia Martin

Yenniffer Moreno

Kathryn Peck

Melin Perez

Margaret Ragen

Kaia Ross-Duggan

Shakima Wiggins


Midwifery Alum was the CHRP Convocation Speaker

Martine Jean-Baptiste 

Martine Jean-Baptiste, CNM, LM, MS has been involved in women's health since 1986 after graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the College of Mount Saint Vincent. She has worked with women and their families throughout the lifecycle in a variety of settings. Her professional roles have included working as a registered nurse at St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital, Allen Pavilion, Elizabeth Seton Childbearing Center (a free-standing birth center) and the Center for Community Alternatives. She started a solo private childbirth education and professional labor support (doula) service in New York City.

In 2000, Ms. Jean-Baptiste graduated from State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center with a Master of Science degree in Midwifery. As a licensed midwife (LM), she worked at St. Barnabas Hospital as well as the Elizabeth Seton Childbearing Center. In 2002, Ms. Jean-Baptiste and her business partner, Karen Jefferson, started their home birth practice, JJB Midwifery. They provide pre-conceptual counseling, well woman gynecology services, contraception and home birth in New York City.

Ms. Jean-Baptiste strongly believes in women's innate ability to care for themselves and their families. She believes in "supporting women's right to safe, supportive, and informed healthcare throughout the lifecycle."

She is a founding board member and president of the Foundation for the Advancement of Haitian Midwives (FAHM), a non-profit organization established in 2013, that promotes midwifery and the midwifery model of care in her home country.