I grew up with my feet on two continents, reading books on Brooklyn stoops and running through rainstorms on Lahore rooftops. My experiences as a working class, biracial child in the United States and in Pakistan awoke in me a deep curiosity about race, gender, and class, and the intersections between them.
That curiosity initially led me to complete a PhD in English with a focus on race and gender in early America at the CUNY Graduate Center. My experiences there influenced my calling to midwifery, which was both spiritual and political: I believe that pregnancy and birth are sacred experiences that also happen to exist in a world often hostile to those doing the birthing, and I wanted to work to change that.
I received my Masters of Midwifery at SUNY Downstate, where I was awarded top honors upon graduation. From there, I served as an Assistant Midwife in a homebirth practice, then began working in a high volume public hospital where I was able to care for some of the most vulnerable people in our city and advocate for their right to be educated and make decisions about their health while promoting the safe and loving births of their babies. There I learned from hundreds of individuals and families diverse in race, class, ethnicity, and gender expression, and from an amazing team of strong, skillfull midwives. I bring these experiences to my homebirth practice.
I am licensed by the Medical Board of New York State, and am currently working on licensure in New Jersey. I hold current certification in Basic Life Support and Neonatal Resuscitation. I am also a member of the American College of Nurse-Midwives. Over the years I have worked closely with my state and city midwifery chapters on advocacy efforts, because I believe every person deserves a midwife.
I love the art and the science of midwifery and the way it constantly challenges me to grow intellectually, personally, spiritually, and politically. I am so honored to have been called into the ancient sisterhood of midwifery, and to continually witness the courage and strength it takes to bring another person into the world. It is my sincere belief that when that power is valued and supported, it has the capacity to radically change our world.
When I am not working, I still delight in curling up with a book or being in any body of water. But I find my deepest joys learning and traveling with my husband and our three homeschooled children, all born at home with a midwife.