Casey Selzer (Founder and Primary Educator) is a graduate of Columbia University's Nurse-Midwifery Program and a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (CNM, RN, MSN, BSN and LCCE). After undergraduate studies in studio art and work on organic farms in California and Vermont, Casey found her way to her life’s work in women’s health when she was trained through a Community Health Initiative in Massachusetts providing Birth and Postpartum Doula care for low income families in 2002.
Eager to deepen her understanding of the journey at hand facing new families and with a desire to reach an even larger population - Casey moved to New York City to pursue a career in Midwifery. Since 2007 she has provided full scope midwifery care to women and families in both public and private health care settings in NYC. Casey was elected Co-Chair of the NYC Midwives Chapter (an affiliate of NYSALM) in May 2017 and is honored to be serving a two year tenure.
Casey has spent the past seven years as a clinical midwife with Midwifery of Manhattan, a small group midwifery practice based out of Mt. Sinai West in Manhattan. The birth of Parent Craft allows her to shift her focus to educational support during the childbearing years.
Sharing in this transformational process with families is both a privilege and a joy.
She brings to her teaching 15 years of diverse clinical experience having attended over 600+ births and the personal adventure of birthing 3 daughters, a big sister and identical twins. She lives, works and parents in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
Leigh Kader (Fourth Trimester Educator) was propelled by the birth of her first child in 2008 to explore a career change. Leigh is a certified cooperative childbirth educator with the Childbirth Education Association of Metropolitan New York and a certified birth doula with the Doulas of North America. Leigh knows firsthand the benefits of a comprehensive childbirth education as well as the presence of continuous emotional and physical support during childbirth.
Experienced at supporting laboring women in a variety of birthing facilities from hospital and birthing center to home births, Leigh appreciates that childbirth is an intensely personal experience that each family defines differently. Her goal is to help women and their partners attain as positive a birth experience as possible. Leigh lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children and enjoys jogging in Prospect Park and catching up on 10 year old television shows.