Central Park Midwifery
Midwives: Elaine Keller-Duemig, CNM; Jo Zasloff, CNM
Central Park Midwifery was started by Georgia Rose. Georgia was in private practice for 14 years and attended over 1600 deliveries. Even after all of those deliveries, she was still amazed and in awe of the wisdom of birth and the power of women. In Georgia’s words, "Each woman has an innate knowledge of how she will give birth because she comes from a long line of successful mothers." Georgia wanted to help each woman discover this wisdom and to encourage and support her unique journey to a positive and joyful birth experience. In 2013, Georgia decided to expand the practice and prepare for her upcoming retirement. Elaine Keller-Duemig joined Georgia in December 2013. In 2015, Jo Zasloff joined the practice. Together Elaine and Jo plan to continue to carry on Georgia's legacy and wisdom.
Jo and Elaine offer full-scope midwifery care, including gynecology annual exams, contraceptive management, STI screening, sexual health education, preconception counselling, prenatal care, and labor and delivery at Mount Sinai West.
At Mount Sinai West, families may choose the homelike surroundings of the Birthing Center, or the state-of-the-art Labor and Delivery Suite where epidural anesthesia is available. You will receive the same personal, compassionate attention from Elaine and Jo in either setting. Additionally, when you give birth at Mount Sinai West, you can be secure in the knowledge that if unexpected problems arise, you will have immediate access to the hospital’s comprehensive medical services, including the high-level Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Central Park Midwifery’s office is at 285 West End Avenue, Suite Y2, in Manhattan. This is conveniently located at 73rd Street, about 1 mile north of Mount Sinai West, and accessible by public transportation. Please call the office for more information about how Jo and Elaine can assist you.
Elaine Keller-Duemig, CNM
Elaine has been at Central Park Midwifery since 2013. Prior to CPM, she worked with a physician in a busy private practice in New Jersey, and attended births at Holy Name Medical Center.
Becoming a midwife was Elaine's dream for many years. During her journey to midwifery, she earned a bachelor's degree in Women's Studies and a certificate in LGBT studies from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Having never lived anywhere outside of Wisconsin, Elaine chose to move across the country to Connecticut to earn her nursing degree at Quinnipiac University. After a working as a labor and delivery nurse, she followed her dream of becoming a midwife and moved to New York to attend Columbia University to earn her master’s degree in midwifery. During her studies, Elaine worked at Mount Sinai West Hospital as a nurse and loved it! Elaine always wanted to return as a midwife and is so happy to have accomplished that goal!
Elaine has worked and trained in many different settings, but favors the continuity and close relationships that develop with women and their families while working in a private-practice setting. Says Elaine, “Every birth that I have attended is a special and unique event that I have been honored to be a part of. I believe that the mother is at the center of her birth. I always encourage her to have an active role in her care and I do my best to respect all her preferences and guide her and her partner to have the birth experience they desire and deserve."
Jo Zasloff, CNM
Jo started working in the office and attending deliveries for Central Park Midwifery in 2015. At CPM, she hopes to create a space where all women are supported by a team who believe in a woman's power and ability to birth naturally. Jo holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and a master’s degrees in Midwifery from Columbia University School of Nursing. She began her career as a midwife at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City in 2008. She has also worked at two very busy private practices in Brooklyn and Manhattan. In Brooklyn she attended many deliveries and cared for women of all ages and religions. In Manhattan she focused on Holistic Gynecology, Family Planning and and Sexual Health Education. Before becoming a nurse midwife, Jo worked as a Sexual Health advocate for sex workers in the Mission District of San Francisco. She also spent time learning and training with midwives and herbalists in Ghana and India. Jo is currently working towards her Herbal Medicine for Women certification. Jo lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.
Insurance Plans: These midwives are independent practitioners who attend births at Mount Sinai West. For their insurance plans, visit their practice website and/or contact their office directly.