Kaia Ross-Duggan, CM, LM
Midwifery was a clear calling for Kaia, but it is also perfectly suited to her upbringing and personal ideologies: working holistically with families, promoting health and wellness through education, and supporting informed choice is only half of the reason she loves midwifery. The other half is her complete awe and respect for the human female body, which manifests its greatness in pregnancy, birth, and postpartum.
Prior to becoming a Certified Midwife (CM), Kaia served families as a labor and postpartum doula for more than five years. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Vassar College and a Masters of Midwifery from SUNY Downstate (where she trained under the guidance of Rochel and former partner, Susan). She also did a brief fellowship with a NYC-based homebirth practice in order to broaden her skill set as a midwife committed to providing sacred and responsible maternity care practices. Her own splendid and empowering homebirths were added testament to her motivation to offer others better opportunities for physiologic birth in a supportive and compassionate setting.
As a midwife of color, she is further committed to offering inclusive, culturally conscious care to all women & families, and she takes her role seriously as the gatekeeper to the sacred experience of birth: all persons deserve to kept safe through the process of pregnancy & birth, as well as be treated with kindness and respect.
Rochel Lieberman, CM, LM
Rochel first discovered midwifery care during her fifth pregnancy, and with the encouragement of her own midwife, decided to become one herself. She has a long history of involvement with women and their families, through her more than 25 years of childbirth education, and for many years served as a consultant for family purity issues that affect women in the community.
Rochel is a graduate of Gateshead Seminary, holds a Bachelors of Science in Community Health from SUNY Empire State College, and has a Masters in Midwifery from SUNY Downstate. She has worked as a midwife in a variety of settings, and has even directed a hospital midwifery service in a Brooklyn facility. She also spent many years coordinating the OB/GYN Residency program at Jamaica Hospital.
Rochel has 6 children and numerous grandchildren, and has been honored to care for women and their families for many years, helping bring the name of South Shore Midwives to the prominence it enjoys to women of Queens and the South Shore of Long Island.