Get to Know The Mama Bear team
Master of Science in Nursing with a focus on Midwifery & Women's Health
Registered Nurse licensing
DONA International doula training
American Midwifery Certification Board certification
Neonatal Resuscitation Program certification
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification
NYS prescriptive priviledges
Bachelor of Arts degree in Women's Studies
Master of Social Work with a focus on community organization and planning
Heartstone Herbal School apprentice graduate
MEET THE MIDWIFE
Julie Carlson, CNM, LM, MSW
I became a midwife because I want health care to be a positive, empowering, and transformative experience. Whether it be a check-up or home birth, we all have the right to be treated with compassion, respect and as the leader of our care.
I am a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) and am a Licensed Midwife (LM) in NYS. I graduated from nurse midwifery school at the University of California, San Francisco Nurse Midwifery program in 2007.
After graduation, I began practicing midwifery in New Mexico. Initially I was in a Gallup hospital-based practice in the Navajo Nation and then a private practice in Albuquerque. After several years, I move to New York to work in a hospital-based practice in Central NY. I opened my home birth practice in June, 2015. I chose to work in the hospital at the beginning of my career so that I could bring the midwifery model of care to as many clients as possible. I am very appreciative of the diverse experiences I have had in the hospital setting which have ranged from "home-like" natural birth experiences to caring for clients with high-risk pregnancies. I moved to home birth to support a wider variety of birthing options for families. I also wanted to have more quality time with clients from the beginning of the pregnancy through birth and into the postpartum period.
In my years of practice I have had the honor of attending over 800 births and over 1,000+ labors. I have performed 500+ newborn exams and can't even begin to count how many women I have counseled about breastfeeding and postpartum wellness.
Along with Midwifery, I have a passion for martial arts, yoga, the outdoors, gardening and the healing power of plants. I began learning about herbalism in midwifery school and have continued to explore plant medicine ever since. I am grateful to my ancestors, community, midwife elders, family, and friends who have supported me along my path.
Debra Alt, LPN, Midwife Assistant
Being an assistant to a NYS Licensed Midwife requires a commitment to a flexible and often unpredictable lifestyle. With a busy family of four beautiful children, this could not be accomplished without the support and understanding of my husband and extended family.
As a lifelong resident of Madison County, NY, I am a Childbirth Educator through Avivia Institute of Midwifery and welcome opportunities to educate, support and encourage women in their birth choices. As a Childbirth Doula, I offer support during pregnancy and in both home and hospital settings. As an assistant (since 2010) to Meredith Geers, CNM and other Midwives, I bring an additional 18+yrs of nursing experience as well as my doula skills.
I am certified in Neonatal Resuscitation and Adult CPR and have completed course work in Birth Emergency Skills Training as well as the Midwife Assistant course through Birthjoy. In 2016 I completed a program of Certification In Midwifery as a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) through Womancraft Midwifery Education Program of Amherst, MA.
Emily Davidson Parry, Intern
Emily Davidson Parry, Intern
I am beyond excited to be the newest member of the Mama Bear team. I am at the beginning of my midwifery journey and am working towards a BSN in Nursing, and will then get my master's in Midwifery! I am also getting certified in Neonatal Resuscitation and Adult CPR, and plan to take midwife assistant courses as well.
My love affair with midwifery began as my husband and I decided to try for a baby in 2018. I, like so many others didn't have a positive hospital experience and wanted better for myself and my family. Fast forward to now and the care I received from Julie and Deb while pregnant and birthing my 11-pound baby boy (yes, you read that correctly) changed my life.
I am so passionate that every birthing person deserving the level of care, support and compassion I was fortunate enough to receive that I am looking forward to dedicating my career to giving families just that.