Gina Eichenbaum-Pikser (Midwife) has been a Certified Nurse-Midwife since graduating from Columbia University School of Nursing in 2008. Her decision to become a midwife came from a deep-seated belief in social justice, feminism, and the power of human connection as well as a profound awe of the human body. As an undergraduate student at Wesleyan University, she studied history, philosophy and literature in the College of Letters and spent a summer in Guatemala, where she worked with indigenous midwives and fell in love with birth. In 2012 Gina opened Community Gyn Care, focusing on fertility and holistic gynecologic care. She provided prenatal care and attended births in the public health setting at Bellevue Hospital Center from 2008-2016 before opening Community Midwifery Care with Abby Brown in 2016. A life-long New Yorker, she currently lives in Kensington, Brooklyn with her husband and son.
Michaela Rahimi (Student Intern) is a student midwife at Columbia University, having graduated from an accelerated nursing program this past fall. She graduated from SUNY Geneseo in 2012 with a BA in Sociology, and for several years after worked in youth-centered nonprofit organizations. She ran after-school programming for high school girls and worked promoting youth leadership in the HIV response. Michaela completed a doula training with Ancient Song Doula Services in Brooklyn, NY, supporting women of color and low-income families throughout the city access supportive maternal healthcare services. She’s an active volunteer and sits on the Board of the Haven Coalition, a NYC-based abortion access network providing clinic escorts and hosting patients who travel to New York City for abortion care, and is the Vice President of her school’s chapter of Nurses for Sexual and Reproductive Health. Michaela spent 6 weeks learning from nurses and midwives in Ethiopia and hopes to continue to learn from global healthcare practices in her future work. She lives in the Bronx.