Meet the midwife
Ray Rachlin is a Licensed Midwife (LM), Certified Professional Midwife (CPM), Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC), and the President of the Pennsylvania Association of Certified Professional Midwives. I earned my Bachelors of Science in Midwifery from Birthingway College of Midwifery in 2016, a three-year MEAC accredited program. I completed my clinical training at Alma Midwifery, where I had the privilege of apprenticing with five experienced midwives attending birth center and home births throughout the Portland metropolitan area. I also received clinical training with Dr. Angela Carter, a naturopathic midwife providing primary care to transgender patients.
Before founding Refuge Midwifery, I worked as a midwife at Alma Midwifery and internationally in a refugee camp. Additionally, I have been providing trainings to health care providers on evidenced-based reproductive care for transgender patients for the past three years.
My road to midwifery may have begun when I was caught by a midwife in a New York hospital, but I came to midwifery through doula work and activism in the (other) labor movement. Two years into attending births as a doula in New York City hospitals I attended my first home birth. I watched the midwife provide safety and support while quietly working around the needs of my client instead of my client having to work around the needs and environment of the hospital system. The birth looked unlike anything I had ever seen before. By the time I was making my way home around daybreak I knew that I would become a home birth midwife. I needed to help families birth with respect and dignity.
Before midwifery school, I trained as a birth doula with DONA (2010) and a postpartum doula with Ancient Song (2010) and later CAPPA (2011) I also hold a BA in Political Science, Urban Studies, and Labor Studies from Queens College, City University of New York. I have been attending births since 2010.
I am excited and proud to call Philadelphia my home, and serve my ever-growing community as an affirming health care provider. When I'm not midwifing (when's that?), I enjoy spending time with my partner and friends, cooking, sewing, and powerlifting.
Shosh Ruskin is a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner in the State of Pennsylvania, and has joined Refuge Midwifery to provide preconception and home IUI care to Philly area families. I earned my Masters degree in Nursing from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions in 2010.
While living in Boston, I co-founded Fertile Ground, an at-home IUI and GYN practice with midwife Audra Karp, CPM. I also worked at Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, and Boston Medical Center providing sexual and reproductive health services. In addition to providing home IUIs with Refuge Midwifery, I also work part-time at Lifecycle WomanCare - The Bryn Mawr Birth Center, providing prenatal, postpartum and gynecological office visits.
I live in West Philly with my partner, Ari Lev, and our 4 year old Zeev and 2 year old Naim (both conceived through IUI). I started providing IUIs after my first kid was born and feel honored to help others grow their families. I am inspired by all things DIY - from crafting to food preservation to baby-making.
Emmy Nadav is in her first year of midwifery school at Birthwise Midwifery School in Main, a low residency program, where students live and apprentice in their home community and travel to Maine every 6-8 weeks for 2 weeks of intensive didactic experience. I previously attended births as a doula and am excited to be furthering my knowledge and understanding about pregnancy and birth. I believes in the empowering potential inherent in pregnancy and birth and the need for creating autonomous spaces for birthing people to access their power and resiliency during the huge transition of bringing life into this world.
Before pursuing midwifery, I spent many years farming and homesteading in the Pacific Northwest. I desire to live closely to the source of life has fueled my passion for gardening, wildcrafting, collective living and now, midwifery. When not studying or apprenticing, you can find me walking in the woods with my partner and dog. I’m honored to be working with and learning from Ray and all of their clients at Refuge Midwifery. Thanks for being a part of my journey to become a home birth midwife!