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

  • DEA licensing

  • 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


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.