Christiane McCloskey gave birth to a son in 1989, an event that sparked an ongoing dedication to women and their families during pregnancy, childbirth, and early infancy. In 1990, she helped to found the Brooklyn Doula Service. For more than 12 years thereafter, she managed this agency and practiced within it, offering emotional support, education, counseling and referrals. She also led postpartum and prenatal exercise classes, workshops on breastfeeding, and discussion groups regarding birth and parenting issues. A personal goal of Christiane’s is to facilitate the transformation of individuals into families that occurs during the childbirth year and beyond. She understands the importance of strengthening those family bonds during this time.
In 1995, her commitment led her to enroll in the Borough of Manhattan Community College to take science prerequisite courses for midwifery school. In 2002, she graduated from the State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn with a master’s of science degree in midwifery.
During her education as a midwife, Christiane continued her doula practice and other professional activities. In 2003, she began her full-scope midwifery practice at Metropolitan Hospital in New York City. Early in 2007, she joined the faculty of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Mount Sinai West. She practices in partnership with Renuka Paka, MD, who will co-manage any complications.
In her practice, Christiane offers choice and flexibility in the birth process, whether in the West Hospital Birthing Center or in the Labor and Delivery Suite. She embraces the concept of full-scope midwifery, offering continuity of care that includes well-woman gynecology and family planning in addition to obstetric care. Her strong background as an educator of new parents includes a special enthusiasm for breastfeeding, for parents who choose it. “I’m a mother of two breast-fed sons,” says Christiane, who has been prepared for her role by personal and professional experience, as well as by education.