Shelly Florman now provides prenatal care and home birth services to families in and around New Orleans. She has a passion for helping families experience safe, natural childbirth and offers a free 1-hour consultation for those looking to explore their birth options. See NewOrleansMidwives.com for more.
Shelly is a mother of two daughters, the second of whom was born in the water at home with midwives.
Sally hails from New Orleans and is a mother of three. Her first son was born at University hospital in New Orleans. Her next son was a home, waterbirth and her lovely daughter was an accidental backyard birth! Sally has attended over 120 births and has apprenticed with local midwives since 2004.
She is certified in Neonatal Resuscitation and CPR. She is also a medical assistant (MA) which gives her extra experience with phlebotomy and IVs.
Certified Nurse Midwives
Kate Paxton, CNM
Alternative Birth Center at Ochsner Baptist 504-897-2880
Kate Paxton is a Midwife who loves supporting the creation of families with resect for safe, physiologic childbirth. She has been attending births for a decade and has been a practicing midwife for about five years. She attended Columbia University for her Nurse-Midwifery training and has experience as a doula and as a midwife in the home, birth center and hospital settings. Kate currently practices in the Alternative Birth Center at Ochsner Baptist Hospital.
Esther has over 25 years of midwifery experience in a variety of birth settings. She owned a birth center and did home births in Gainesville, FL in the 1980's. Since moving to New Orleans with young children in 1991, she has worked in hospital based practices.
She received her nurse-midwifery education at the Medical University of S. Carolina in 1981 and her Masters of Public Health at Tulane in 1996.
She has two teenage children who were both delivered by midwives at home.
Cathy was born in Morgan City, Louisiana. She attended Charity Hospital School of Nursing and worked as a labor and delivery nurse for over 10 years. She received a BS and MS at the University of Massachusetts Boston and a certificate in midwifery at the University of Rhode Island.
Cathy is experienced in using water for comfort and support for laboring women.
She believes that all women have a right to good prenatal care as well as safe childbirth regardless of their stations in life. She believes that pregnancy and birth are times of immense change in a woman's life, and can be a source of strength and empowerment.
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