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.
Titilola Ogbeide is an advanced student currently attending with Birthwise Midwifery school. I’m a Brooklyn native, the daughter of two Nigerian immigrants, that encouraged culture in the household through music, artwork, food, religion and language.
I graduated from Paul Smiths college with an associated in integrative studies, then completed a bachelors degree in Human Health Studies at The University at Buffalo. I lived in Maine for two years were I completed my extensive midwifery educational program and participated and completed two clinical rotations.
In April of 2018 I moved to Texas, where I completed my assisted births and also began my primary under supervision births with The Birthing Place. After being so far from my family and support system, I decided to move back to the East coast after 10 months of being in Houston, after making that decision I looked into midwifery practices that coincide with my values and philosophy surrounding childbirth.
I believe that birthing people should have access to care that they desire during this transformative period. Although I am a senior student I believe in a give and take relationship with clients and my preceptors, I provide ideal, appropriate care to the best of my ability with the hope of getting feedback and adding new members to my very small Philadelphia community.
My over all goal is to be apart of a strong and secure community where seeking support, services and practitioners is seamless, and to also become a Certified Professional Midwife.