MEET THE BOARD
Martine Jean-Baptiste has been involved in women’s health since 1986 after graduating with her bachelors of science in nursing from the College of Mount Saint Vincent. She has worked with women and their families throughout the lifecycle in a variety of settings. Professional roles include registered nurse at St Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital, Allen Pavilion, Elizabeth Seton Childbearing Center (a free-standing/out-of-hospital birth center) and the Center for Community Alternatives. She started a solo private practice childbirth education and professional labor support (doula) service. Ms Jean-Baptiste graduated from State University of New York, Downstate with an MS in midwifery in 2000. As a licensed midwife, she worked at St Barnabas Hospital as well as Elizabeth Seton Childbearing Center. In June 2002, Ms Jean-Baptiste and her business partner, Karen Jefferson, started their home birth practice, JJB Midwifery. They provide preconceptual counseling, well woman gynecology, contraception and home birth in New York City. Ms Jean-Baptiste strongly believes in women’s innate ability to care for themselves and their families. She believes in “supporting women’s right to safe, supportive, and informed healthcare throughout the lifecycle.” She is a founding board member and president of FAHM.
Karen Jefferson became a midwife after attending State University of New York, Downstate. Graduating with a master's of science in midwifery in 2000, she spent 2 years as part of the midwifery practice at Bellevue Hospital. In 2002 she started JJB Midwifery with Martine Jean-Baptiste, a full-scope private practice attending home births. She is president of the New York State Association of Licensed Midwives, and chair of the Committee for Advancement of Midwifery Practice for the American College of Nurse-Midwives. Ms. Jefferson works to improve legislation and regulation of midwifery both at the state and federal levels. Prior to her midwifery career, she was awarded multiple, national grants to produce award-winning radio programs that were aired on National Public Radio. She is a founding board member and treasurer of FAHM.
Margaret Montgomery received a bachelors degree in anthropology-sociology from West Chester State University of Pennsylvania, in 1972. In 1973, she received an associate degree in nursing from Gwynedd-Mercy College. Ms. Montgomery earned national midwifery certification from the American College of Nurse-Midwives and State University of New York, Downstate in 1979 and has since provided full scope midwifery service and served as a midwifery preceptor. She received a master’s degree in midwifery from Philadelphia University in 2008 and Medical Education Research Certification 2013 through Georgetown University School of Medicine. She received the ACNM GTU preceptor of the year award in 2013. Ms Montgomery is a senior faculty midwife in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Medstar Washington Hospital Center teaching residents, medical and midwifery students since 2009. Her service to women emphasizes caring, compassion and case management, focusing on both safety and sensitivity to the mother. As Safety Officer for the Department of Obstetrics 2010-2012 she worked to develop systems to promote safe birth. She hopes to provide educational support to the professional midwives of Haiti. Foundation for the Advancement of Haitian Midwifes provides a connection to enhance the capacity of Haitian midwives to serve the families of Haiti. She is a founding board member of FAHM.
Marie-Josy Jean-Baptiste received her Masters in Public Health in Community Health Education from Hunter College of the City University of New York. Ms. Jean-Baptiste began her career working as a Health Educator with the Haitian Community Health Information and Referral Center, a nonprofit, community-based organization serving the Haitian community in Brooklyn, NY. From there, she moved on to the New York City Health Department where she provided pregnancy counseling and testing and other health-related information, education, and counseling around reproductive health and sexuality issues. At the beginning of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, Ms. Jean-Baptiste was involved in providing HIV/AIDS education, counseling, and testing to in-patients at NYC’s Bellevue Hospital Center as part of an interdisciplinary AIDS team. She has also coordinated the health education components of the Family Planning and Youth Health Services Program at NYC’s Metropolitan Hospital Center. Ms. Jean-Baptiste then joined the Center for Community Alternatives, a non-profit agency, where she worked as Director of Health and HIV/AIDS Services serving individuals involved with the criminal and juvenile justice systems in an alternatives to incarceration approach. Currently, Ms. Jean-Baptiste is a Clinic Administrator at a Fedcap WeCARE Medical Site, a program serving individuals faced with medical and/or mental health barriers to employment. Although Ms. Jean-Baptiste was born in Haiti and emigrated to the US with her family as a baby, she continues to cultivate strong ties with her native land. She is a founding board member and alternate secretary of FAHM.
Lodz Joseph has a long standing career focused on Maternal and Child Health, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Justice and Health Disparities. She holds an Masters of Public Health from Loma Linda University and has worked in East Africa and the Caribbean, managing health programs for a number of organizations, including: University of Maryland, Institute for Human Virology, International Planned Parenthood, and building capacity with local organizations. She has presented at the American Public Health Association and a number of panels on Haitian girls and women’s health issues and community-based adherence programs in Haiti. She is a DONA-Certified Birth Doula and graduate of Columbia University's Midwifery program. She is a first-generation Haitian-American and a native New Yorker.
Thamarah Crevecoeur interest in women's health and midwifery began over 10 years ago, after taking a trip to a birth center in Les Cayes, Haiti. There she worked with Haitian midwives and traditional birth attendants. She became intrigued with the passiokn and purpose of midwives in helping to care and save the lives of women during this special time. After completing her midwifery degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 2007, she then returned to Haiti for approximately 9 months and worked with auxiliary nurses delivering babies. For the last 7+ years, Thamarah Crevecoeur has been practicing full scope midwifery at Boston Medical Center in Boston, MA. She performs well-woman gynecological, prenatal, labor and delivery, and postpartum care. Her patients are close to her heart, as they are mostly immigrants from Haiti and the other Carribbean islands. In addition to practicing midwifery, Ms Crevecoeur is also a part time Doctoral of Public Health (DrPH) student at the Boston University School of Public Health. Her academic areas of interest include international health. Monitoring & Evaluation, maternal child health and Quality Improvement. She truly believes in the concept of exceptional care without exception, for all women. She is FAHM's secretary.
Stephanie Etienne is passionate about midwifery as a tool for reproductive justice and empowerment. She has been working to bring holistic care to women for over 10 years. She holds a BA in Spanish and Latin American Studies from Yale University. She received a Master of Public Health degree in health behavior and health education from UNC Chapel Hill. She received her nursing and midwifery degrees from Columbia University. She was a drug policy reform advocate and doula prior to becoming a midwife. She has worked as a nurse midwife in both public institutions and private practice settings. As the proud daughter of Haitian immigrants Ms Etienne is committed to improving healthcare access in Haiti through education and training. She lives in Baltimore MD with her husband and two young children. She is FAHM's vice president.