Midwives are trained professionals who provide physical, emotional and social support for childbearing women and gynecological care for women of all ages. Midwives work in client’s homes, the office setting, as well as hospitals and clinics. We believe that each woman should be cared for as a unique individual, providing customized care every step of the way.
Jennifer Fegan-Szalay, LM, CM
Jennifer is a traditional midwife providing holistic, woman-centered care. She is a Certified Midwife (CM) through the American College of Nurse-Midwives and licensed to practice in New York State. She also trained as a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) through the North American Registry of Midwives and has over 15 years of experience in out-of-hospital birth. Jennifer recently joined St. Peters Health partners as a Per Diem Midwife in their clinic and OBGYN Department.
She is the mother of three children, one born in a hospital and two at home. She began attending births in 1999 as a doula, and quickly realized that midwifery was her true calling. She attended the traditional birth attendant program through Hands of Light in Fitchburg, MA, and apprenticed with several experienced midwives. She became a Certified Professional Midwife in 2005 and is a graduate of the National College of Midwifery with a Bachelors of Science in Midwifery. She is also a Certified Lactation Counselor and a Reiki Master.
Jean Garretto, CD, Birth Assistant
Jean has known from an early age that guiding and assisting women through pregnancy, childbirth & those early postpartum weeks was her calling. She has been a Certified Doula for several years and has assisted many families. After realizing that she wanted to have a more hands on care for women in the childbearing year she began her midwifery journey. Jean attended Womancraft Midwifery School for a year and self-studied online through Mama Primitive Traditional Midwifery and Midwife-to-be online midwifery education, along with various workshops and conferences, she also assisted with a local midwife at prenatal appointments and home births for almost a year. She is current on CPR/AED certification and certified in Neonatal Resuscitation.
Jean has been married for over 27 years and has six natural born children. She lives in an old 1860s farm house with her husband, three of their six children, 4 dogs, a bird, fish, chinchillas, and occasionally pigs! She loves to garden and grow her own herbs for her Tried N True natural remedies line, collect childbirth and midwifery books, and drive her suburban all over town for her kids!