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Monica Daniel, CNM, MS

Monica Daniel, CNM, MS is a 1983 graduate from Cornell University with a BS in nutrition. She worked for two years as a hospital nutritionist, and in 1986 graduated from Creighton University with a BS in Nursing. Monica worked as an RN in obstetrics at Tompkins Community Hospital, and in high risk prenatal home care in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 1989, she graduated from the University of Minnesota with a MS in Midwifery. For the next year she volunteered as a midwife in the West Indies on the island of Saint Lucia. Upon returning to the U.S., Monica worked as a midwife and clinical director at the Florida West Coast Birthing Center.

IIn 1993 she came to the Ithaca area to be the director of September Hill Birth Center at Schuyler Hospital. She left the birth center in the summer of 1997 and joined the faculty at the Frontier School of Nursing and Midwifery teaching midwifery students part-time while starting a private home birth midwifery practice in Ithaca.

She holds a NYS Midwifery license and is nationally certified by the American College of Nurse Midwives.

Erin ShaftoErin Shafto

Erin has been interested in homebirth and midwifery for years. When in college, she crossed paths with a couple of midwives who opened to her the world of pregnancy and birth and since then has been captivated, convinced that it is the coolest thing ever.

While away at Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, she studied outdoor education with a minor in sociology. This ideal major took her outside to do all the activities she loves: backpacking, climbing, kayaking, wilderness emergency medicine, and teaching. Once out of school, however, she worked for three years as a crisis counselor and program manager at an agency for victims of family violence and sexual assault. At this time she also trained as an EMT.

In 2001 she and her husband moved to the Ithaca area. In 2003 she started observing with Monica during prenatal appointments, births, and post-partum visits. In 2004 started the accelerated RN program at Binghamton University. For the last six weeks of this program she chose labor and delivery as her area of focus and worked on the L&D floor at Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton, providing labor support and postpartum care to mothers and babies. Upon graduation in August 2005, she started working at Cayuga Medical Center on the medical and surgical floors. She worked there for nearly a year until her son, Marlin, was born in June, 2006. In August 2006, she received a certificate in neonatal resuscitation. As of September 2006, she has been Monica’s full time nurse!


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