Homebirth Healthcare, Enhanced Prenatal Care, Gynecological Care
1977 Midwife Ina May Gaskin publishes Spiritual Midwifery
1981 Cathy gives birth to her first child, daughter Shannon (left), born by Cesarean
1982 Barbara Katz Rothaman publishes the book In Labor: Women and Power in the Birthplace
1983 Nancy Wainer Cohen and Lois J. Estner publish Silent Knife.
The book provides much needed information to families about birth choices and Cesarean prevention, coining the term VBAC. Nancy continues to have a homebirth practice, Birth Day Midwifery, in Massachusetts.
1984 Cathy gives birth to her second child, Catherine, born vaginally at home
1985 Cathy becomes a CEA-certified Childbirth Educator/Doula
For the next ten years, she provides prenatal and postpartum support for women in the Westchester County area, serving as a doula, labor assistant and educator.
1986 Susan gives birth to her first child, Ben, by Cesarean after planning a homebirth
1987 Cathy pregnant with her third child, Marly Rose, born vaginally at home
1987 Cathy teaching a childbirth class in her own home
1988 Susan gives birth VBAC to her second child, Margaret, at home
1989 Susan, at the encouragement of Cathy, becomes a Certified Childbirth Educator and Doula in the New York Metropolitan Area, practicing until 1994
1990 Susan presents birth options and involves audience members in birthing positions
As members of CEA, Susan and Cathy hold an all-day public seminar at Chappaqua Library, “Pregnancy in the 90’s.”
At the seminar, Cathy guides attendees through books, videos and other educational materials for sale
Organizations like CEA were crucial in disseminating information to women about childbirth.
1991 As Childbirth Educators and Doulas Susan and Cathy receive flowers in recognition for presenting a symposium on birth in the upright position at North Central Bronx Hospital
At the time, North Central Bronx Hospital was the largest midwifery service in the country.
1991 Susan and Cathy advocate for midwifery and homebirth locally and in Albany
1992 Cathy teaches birthing positions to couples
Susan and Cathy continue their CEA work, teaching childbirth and parenting classes in the community and educating the public about vaginal birth after Cesarean (VBAC) as a safe option.
1992 Dads attending “The Role of the Birth Partner” class, taught by Susan and Cathy
1993 “New Parent” class held through CEA. Cathy and Susan were among several instructors
1994 French obstetrician Michel Odent publishes Birth Reborn
A proponent of Cesarean prevention, Odent documents thousands of low intervention births, attributing them to natural childbirth and the assistance of midwives.
1994 and 1995, Susan and Cathy, respectively, earn nursing degrees on their way to becoming midwives
They work as registered nurses in the maternity unit at Hudson Valley Hospital Center and at Birth Cottage. In 2014 Cathy earns a B.S. in Nursing for continued midwife accreditation.
2001 Susan earns her MS in Nursing
Thereafter, she serves as a midwife at Hudson River Healthcare in Peekskill for four years before joining private OB/GYN practices in Westchester and Putnam Valley.
2007 Cathy joins Women’s Health Associates in Danbury, home of the only birthing center in Connecticut
2013 Journey to Birth Midwifery opens its doors, specializing in homebirth and full-scope midwifery healthcare
Nancy McDaid joins as Midwife Assistant, enrolling in school to become a certified midwife.
2013 First homebirth delivered by Journey to Birth is Baby Sidney, mother Amanda
2014 Journey to Birth (homage to “Call the Midwife”) attends the Annual Croton Summerfest community parade and street fair to promote the practice and birth education
2015 One of Journey to Birth’s beautiful homebirths
Many women find birthing pools helpful during labor.
2015 Susan and Cathy guest lecture about out-of-hospital birth to an audience of Columbia University midwifery students
Promoting the growth of the profession through education and mentorship has always been a part of our passion for midwifery.
2015 Cathy attends the homebirth of her fourth grandchild!
Adrianna Rose is the second child of youngest daughter Marly. Grandson Dorian (right) was also born with midwives in attendance.