Gina Eichenbaum-Pikser (Midwife) has been a Certified Nurse-Midwife since graduating from the 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. 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 in 2016. A life-long New Yorker, she currently lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
Abby Brown (Midwife) has been a Certified Nurse Midwife since 2007. She received her midwifery degree from Yale University School of Nursing and her undergraduate degree in psychology from Smith College. She decided to become a midwife after witnessing a woman give birth for the first time and found it to be the most powerful thing she’d ever seen. She strongly believes that all people deserve quality, informed, respectful healthcare and that bodily autonomy is an inviolable human right. She was a full-scope midwife at Bellevue Hospital Center for many years and joined Community Gyn Care in 2014, after returning from a few years living in London. She opened Community Midwifery Care with Gina in 2016. Abby is originally from Arizona and now lives in Manhattan with her husband and their two children.
Ellen Razgaitis (Midwife) has been a licensed midwife since 2008, after graduating from the Columbia University School of Nursing. Her dedication to midwifery is rooted in a deep respect for normal physiology and the belief that all women deserve individualized, compassionate guidance into safe motherhood. She has diverse clinical experience here in NYC including both hospital and homebirth-based practices. Ellen also worked as a midwife overseas in the United Arab Emirates on a high-risk inpatient maternity ward. She strongly believes that quality, thoughtful birth care can happen in every environment. After several years living abroad and caring for her small children in India and the UAE, she is thrilled to return to Brooklyn and join Community Midwifery Care in the summer of 2018. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.
Lisa Cirigliano (Midwifery Student, RN-OB) Has been a obstetrics nurse since 2000 and a birthing center nurse since 2014. Her passion has always been providing safe, quality, compassionate care for women and their families. Lisa is currently in her last semester of Midwifery school at Stony Brook University and will be Community Midwifery Care’s student midwifery starting in January 2019. She is a proud mom of 3 teenagers 18, 16, and 14. Lisa is a life-long New Yorker and Currently resides in Long Island with her 3 kids and 2 dogs.
Autumn Waryjas (Student Intern) is an accelerated BSN nursing student at NYU interested in women’s health and midwifery. Autumn’s first bachelor’s degree is from Princeton University, where she studied history, focusing on the history of women’s health and reproductive rights. She has always been fascinated by pregnancy, childbirth, and public health and hopes to continue on to become a Certified Nurse-Midwife following completion of her BSN. Originally from Florida, she currently lives in Manhattan with her partner and their cat, Chester. Autumn helps us with a myriad of administrative tasks as well as developing resources for our clients, we are very lucky to have her!