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Meet The Team

Sheila Brown,
Midwife CPM LPM

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Sheila has been married for 29 years and has 2 daughters and one son in law. (Hopefully there will be grand babies soon!)  She has always been a birth junkie, enjoying all things related to birth.  Her first encounter with supporting someone in labor came when she was blessed to be the doula for a friend that desired hospital birth but with no pain medication.  From the moment of seeing that child born, she was fascinated and wanted to learn more.  She began as a doula but quickly transitioned into student midwife training. She trained under 3 different Midwives and developed her own personal style of care.  She cultivates a supportive community at the Birth Center, where families gather for pregnancy, birth, postpartum and beyond. Sheila believes in informed consent for your care, and involves you in all of the decision making for your pregnancy and birth.  She believes that care should include attention to mind, body, spirit and soul.  Truly listening and being attentive to the needs of her clients is a hallmark of her care for each family she serves.

Ashlynn Mulligan,
Office Assistant

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Karen Wilkins,
Breastfeeding Consultant

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I would like to introduce an addition to the Blessed Joy team! Please meet Karen Wilkins!

 

Karen passionately serves new, expectant, and breastfeeding mothers as they introduce their gift of life into the world!  Karen is a certified lactation professional with 13 years of working experience in the breastfeeding field.  She served many mothers at Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) throughout her career, as a Lactation Counselor and Outreach Coordinator. 

 

Karen is a dedicated lifelong learner.  She graduated from Lehman College with a bachelor’s degree in Speech Language Pathology.  She also holds a bachelor’s degree in General Studies in Psychology, Biology, and Fine Arts from Manhattan College.  In Karen’s personal time, she enjoys nature, traveling, the outdoors, and expanding her practice with herbs and nutrition.

 

Karen caters to women of all ethnic backgrounds and is bilingual in English and Spanish.  She is a wife of 21 years and a mother of two homeschooled teenage sons.  Karen adds personal experience to her professional training as she joyfully breastfed her children from infancy into early childhood.   Karen’s mission is to equip other mothers to share in the joy of breastfeeding.  She partners with mothers to assist them in making their dreams a reality by empowering women to give the most precious gift – a Mother’s best!

 

Karen can be reached at 718-838-4525

Holly Clayburn,
Student Midwife

I’m a Jesus loving, coffee addicted, wife to my best friend, mom of (soon to be) 4 sweet kiddos, and 1 cranky pig. When I’m not working you can find me baking, watching FRIENDS, listening to true crime podcasts, and dreaming of having my own personal zoo. I got started in women’s health back in 2013 as an obstetrics medical assistant, became a doula and placenta specialist in 2016, then finally transitioned to midwifery in 2020. As a previous teen mom I find that what I love most about midwifery care is giving true informed consent and seeing/treating our clients like the individual they are. I love that we give women options and space to use their voice to advocate for the care that they deserve and desire. I am especially passionate and excited about serving and learning all that I can for VBAC and breech births. I have been at Blessed Joy for the duration of my apprenticeship and have plans to stay on and serve our community with Sheila for many years to come!