Let's meet and get to know each other. Bring your questions and your vision for giving birth at Lenox Hill Hospital! The hospital is beautiful, the staff including our L&D nurses enthusiastic about midwifery, and many are in midwifery school!
Reaching Me for Long-Distance Phone Counseling
I'm a phone call or email away to schedule a 30-minute or one-hour session.
These visits are about your GYN needs, concerns to check out any questions, concerns, or new developments that you have noticed within your body.
These visits are tailored for your individual needs. Each woman has her own desires and understanding or misunderstanding about her contraception options - and we discuss them all.
I breastfed my daughter and it propelled me into helping my women establish the first excellent latch on right from birth, and beyond. These visits are designed to follow up and ensure that your baby is latching on well, answer your questions about breastfeeding, nutrition, hydration, and staying healthy during your "Fourth Trimester" breastfeeding period which can extend beyond your six - week post partum visit.
Annual Well Women Care starting at the teenage years and spanning through the menopausal years.
This is a comprehensive visit where we do your Pap, Breast exam, and review your medical and reproductive history, nutrition, life style, supplements, and questions.
Caring for Teenagers is one of my favorite specialty niches to ensure they are empowered about their bodies and know how to take care of them! I make it an enjoyable and memorable experience. I deeply appreciate and respect parents who want to be positive role models and guide their teenage daughters into wellness by navigating their reproductive, contraceptive, and emotional needs! A Pap may not be needed at this visit.
Holistic Birth Counseling
These sessions help a woman reframe a past medical challenge, prior birth experience, or other emotional challenge that has left you feeling disempowered and disconnected from your baby. Counseling also helps women to identify and move through fears about pregnancy, labor, birth, or mothering. Unresolved fears will resurface during labor or post partum, and birth counseling is a perfect way to clear them.
TOLAC/VBAC (trial of labor after cesarean/vaginal birth after cesarean) Counseling
You bring your medical records and operative report, and we will have a good, heart to heart and thorough talk about your prior cesarean section. We reframe the events leading up to it, review your medical chart, and implement how we can make changes for your upcoming TOLAC (trial of labor after cesarean / VBAC if it is medically appropriate. VBACs are co-managed with my collaborating physician, Dr. Shane Wasden. Dr. Wasden does external cephalic versions (ECV) for medically appropriate Breech Baby candidates.
This session helps you take a good hard look at what you are eating for yourself and your baby. "What are you eating?" is The Most Important question I can ask for continued pregnancy wellness! You fill in a nutrition diary and we 'tweak.'
Conscious Conception Counseling
This session enables you to plan your conception by looking at your nutrition, lifestyle, medical and reproductive history -and make positive changes to maximize your health prior to getting pregnant.
"I am so thankful to have found Risa to help my husband and I during this journey. During my conscious conception visit we were able to talk about ways to improve my lifestyle to help with my fertility. I had the opportunity to learn about things to avoid, I would have never would have thought of on my own. Risa does not just focus on one aspect of fertility as she explores every part of your lifestyle and thinking to prepare you. Throughout my visit I felt listened too and excited for the journey ahead!" Vanessa
Lectures and Events
I am available to discuss my philosophies about childbirth, midwifery, well-women care, and women's reproductive care across ages. Lecture, round table, forum, educational and corporate settings.
I have the experience and the knowledge to guide your twins into this world in a safe and compassionate way. Baby A needs to be vertex, or head down. All twins births are co-managed with my collaborating physician.