Anne Margolis, CNM, LM, NP, MSN, BSN, RNC
Anne Margolis is a Licensed Certified Nurse Midwife, OB/GYN Nurse Practitioner, Certified Yoga Teacher, and Clarity Breathwork Practitioner. She is a 3rd generation guide to mommas birthing babies in her family. Anne has helped thousands of families in her 20+ year midwifery practice and has personally ushered the births of over 1000 healthy babies into the world.
Through her online childbirth course 'Love Your Birth', her online and in-person midwifery for pregnancy and postpartum support consultations, her birth professional mentoring, and her holistic gynecology offerings she infuses wisdom, compassion, inspiration, and joy into the entire process of women’s wellness from mama-hood to menopause.
Anne’s work, insights and advice have been seen on TV shows and movies including 4 episodes of “A Baby Story” on TLC and the Discovery Channel, and the award winning feature documentary, 'Orgasmic Birth.' She has been interviewed for local and national radio programs and podcasts. Anne has also been a featured speaker and expert panelist at distinguished events for Weil-Cornell School of Medicine, the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, RCC State University of New York School of Nursing, and Birthnet Association of Childbirth Professionals and Hudson Valley Birth Network to name a few.
She has midwifed mommas and babies for over two decades, with clients describing her as “passionate, sensitive, big hearted, and a playful ball of light.” When she’s not helping mommas around the world you can find her doing yoga (anywhere and everywhere), dancing, traveling, enjoying family time and watching comedy.
Here Is My Personal Story...
I’m a mother of 4, it's been real hard, but worth it.
Including me, there are 3 generations of baby catchers in my family.
My grandfather and 2 uncles were beloved community obstetricians, considered to be the top practice in my locality. My mother went to them during her pregnancy with me: and my uncle actually caught me, with my grandfather also in attendance. He was very excited to hold me, his first grandchild. As I entered the professional world of obstetrics and gynecology, they were very proud, and I was blessed to learn from them.
But there's more to the story.
I was 24 and an OB Nurse working in the hospital when I first became pregnant. It was not expected or planned.
My extended family didn’t live near me. I didn’t know people in my neighborhood where we lived for my husband's work; and I didn’t know about doulas. I felt so alone.
I had extreme nausea and fatigue and I did not feel well. I’m used to having lots of energy but I was too sick to be myself and do the activities I could normally do. I was unprepared; I had a lot of fear; and I was really afraid of all the things I witnessed in the hospital as an obstetric nurse. The OB center felt more like an emergency room. It was scary.
I didn’t trust birth or myself.
My body was changing in ways I didn’t understand. I had no sense that pregnancy and birth were normal and beautiful. The vibes during the five minute visits with my OB were cold, impersonal and alarmist, and the feeling at the hospital was that every woman that walked in was a potential disaster or lawsuit - and I saw a lot of crises. There was no calm. There was no beauty. There was no humanity. At the time, I thought this was standard operating procedure. I didn’t know what was missing. I just knew it was frightening.
To prepare for my first baby, I took Lamaze. After I was admitted to the hospital in labor, I was not dilating fast enough for my OB, who kept checking me internally every hour. He said I was stuck at 4 centimeters. I was lying on my back in the bed attached to IV and machines and told not to move, so they could get the readings from the monitoring. I overheard the doctor tell the nurse outside my room to put me on Pitocin to make my contractions stronger to speed up the labor. I told the nurse, my colleague, that I did not want Pitocin, as I knew the risks and I was afraid of the pain that would be triggered. She said, "Sweetheart, you don't want a cesarean, do you?" I gave in. My Lamaze went out the window at that point. I couldn't cope with the agony brought on by the medication, and I was really in a panic. The doctor came in again and said “She’s still at a 4. Give her an epidural”.
Then the doctor told me my worst fear.
There was a serious drop in my baby's heart rate. The doctor directed the alarmed staff to prepare for an emergency cesarean. I had seen so many bad things happen to women in this process. I was rolled away on a stretcher in a frenzy, and then was left alone in the operating room for an hour after they scrubbed me down, waiting for the assistant surgeon. No one was monitoring my baby. At some point, I started pushing. I screamed for help. The doctor ran in yelling, “Get me a vacuum.” He cut a big episiotomy and vacuumed my daughter out vaginally.
I didn’t want to see her because I thought by now she was severely damaged or dead.
But she was healthy and vigorous. She was beautiful! I, on the other hand, was not fine. I had what I now know to be birth trauma. I was terrified of getting pregnant again. I did not want another birth.
I told myself NEVER AGAIN.
Two years later I was still working at the hospital as an obstetric nurse and I became pregnant again - another surprise, and now I was even more anxious. I started getting panic attacks.
At my second baby's birth, the doctor stuck his hand up me and walked out. He said, “We’re doing a cesarean” to the nurse. He didn’t tell me, but I overheard him in the hallway, and told him to please come back, that I didn't want a cesarean. He told me my baby was too high and posterior, facing my back, and would never come down. I said "Do whatever you can to turn the baby manually; I have delivered a baby before, so I can deliver another." He told me it’s going to painful and doubted it would work. I replied, “I don’t care, I don’t want to be cut and have major surgery.” He rolled his eyes, stuck his hand up my uterus and successfully moved the baby. I was drugged and given an epidural for the procedure, but these were not completely effective. The experience was painful and I have no memory of my second birth. I just know that I narrowly escaped the c-section and I did not like the effects of the drugs.
I continued working as an OB Nurse in that hospital. I especially loved helping moms in postpartum and being in the nursery comforting the babies, and helping them breastfeed. I didn't like how often I was a nurse in the operating room for what felt like too many cesarean births.
I felt like my hands were tied; I was having to rescue the problems caused by what began to seem like too many unnecessary interventions when there was no problem to begin with. It was like I was working in a factory: get em in, get em out. There was no joy and no concern for individuals. It was about expecting the worst and maintaining protection from litigation.
I was telling a friend about my frustrations with the system and she told me I should become a midwife. I had never considered this before. I did some research, applied soon after, and was accepted to the renowned, oldest nurse-midwifery school in the country. My husband was very encouraging; and I am forever grateful for his support and help with childcare and household responsibilities.
Midwifery started the journey of coming home to myself.
I was in midwifery school during my third pregnancy. I was still traumatized from my two previous births, but I now knew what was possible. I hired an excellent midwife and looked forward to a much better experience this time around. But, I told her for me to authentically practice midwifery, it had to work for me; and I really did not think I could actually do it. She reassured me that I could and that it would be so healing and empowering. She treated me like a human being. The experience was as different as night from day in comparison to my previous pregnancies and births.
In labor and birth, she was with me. I wasn’t tied down to the bed. It was a relaxed environment. I would labor in the tub. I would go to the shower. I would dance. The birthing process was beautiful and was treated as something normal rather than a crisis. I wasn’t left alone by my midwife. I had her there with me helping me with her words and her heart, allowing my body to do what it was designed to do. She gave me the trust that my body can do it. I wasn’t afraid. I felt very supported.
I wasn’t an emergency room patient;
I was an empowered, beautiful woman, having a baby.
It was challenging but so doable, and I did it! It not only helped to heal my birth trauma, it restored my confidence; it also convinced me that midwifery care works, and that I could now truly help women as a midwife. If I could do it, so could other women when supported in this way.
I now felt outraged on how women and babies were treated in a lot of settings, and passionate about doing my part to enable mamas and babies to birth without the upsetting experienceces and unneccesary interventions that result in real trauma.
As a midwifery student and then midwife, I worked at a free-standing birthing center, several inner city and community hospitals, and clinics.
It was at this time that I had a miscarriage. It was intense. I knew what was going on when I lost my baby during the first trimester. Nothing compares to the feelings and emotions of what happens when you lose a baby.
I understand the nausea, vomiting, being exhausted and depressed because you don't feel like you used to feel, and can’t do what you used to. As a midwife it compelled me to study all the natural and holistic modalities that I didn’t know with my first three.
In my next (and final!) pregnancy. I was commuting two hours each way to my favorite private hospital practice in Brooklyn, NY with a team of two wonderful obstetricians and six amazing midwives. But I was having a hard time being pregnant, working and doing my part in mothering my other three children, because of how exhausted I felt. My son's birth with my midwife was beautiful and I was looking forward to rest and enjoy my family postpartum.
Several weeks after my last birth, I got very ill.
I felt like I was over caffeinated - my thoughts were racing, I was extremely agitated, panicked, completely overwhelmed and unable to function. I could not think clearly or make decisions. I could not sleep. I felt faint, and was losing weight. It seemed something was very wrong.
I was usually so healthy. This couldn't be.
I felt alone again, with no extended family living nearby, and felt unable to ask for help, even from my close friends. Friends and neighbors were concerned but I did not want them to know. My dear holistic colleagues and alternative providers came to my house to treat me; but nothing was working. At my lowest point, my closest friend, an osteopath stayed with me through the night, doing treatments to relax my system.
I had postpartum thyroiditis, an autoimmune condition in which the thyroid initially makes too much hormone, before not making enough. This explained why I felt the way I did; it also created symptoms of moderate to severe postpartum anxiety and agitated depression. The doctor prescribed medications I was so afraid to take, but I was more afraid of my symptoms. I was so ill, I just surrendered and took them, but they also made me sick. So between the illness and the medications...I was one big mess. I am so grateful for the care I received at the center and from my mother, with whom I stayed for a month, and for my husband and friends, who took care of my other kids and home during this time.
I had to stop work for an entire year while recovering from my hyperthyroid illness and its effects on my system. I do not remember much of my life then. It actually took me a number of years to fully heal, using a comprehensive holistic approach. I studied and experienced the benefits of many modalities. My yoga and meditation practice were life changing. But the complete healing happened after intensive Clarity Breathwork sessions. It was the most delicious and miraculous feeling of relief I ever experienced.
I know what darkness and pain and breakdowns are like.
It was this process and personal experience that had me become known in my community as the midwife people would call when they had postpartum depression and anxiety.
My passion and journey for helping women from pregnancy to postpartum and beyond was sparked by what I saw as a nurse in the hospital. Being so very traumatized by my own first births, led me to midwifery for my last two births. It was also sparked by my own postpartum illness and healing. It affected me so deeply that I had to help others.
When you find something so wonderful
don’t you want to just share it with the world?
This is my calling.
I teach women life skills - tools for not only coping with, but also loving their experience, however it unfolds, whatever challenges they face along the way. I help mommas create and live in their joy, find their authentic voice, and their divine feminine power and strength as women.
I preserve the sacred space so that a women's body can do what it needs to do to fully surrender to the process, and still be completely empowered and worshipped like a goddess during her birth.
When I help with a birth or with postpartum, I have been told that it changes the mom’s life and her baby’s life forever. It becomes a family experience that ripples out to impact everyone. It enhance the lives and relationships of everyone they touch.
I am so thrilled that after over twenty years of working with my local community I am now able to support mommas to have incredible journeys to birth and mama-hood, no matter where they live or what their plans are. The more we can share information and create environments for empowered births and living, the more healthy, happy and vibrant families can be.
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Mommas Receiving Support From Me Say...
“I am so happy to have chosen you to care for me. I would recommend you to anyone having a baby. You are very caring, thorough and professional. I knew I was in good hands with you. I get emotional thinking about the outstanding care you gave me and my family. We were so blessed. Words can not explain how grateful I am. Thank you for all your love and support. This was one of the best experiences of my life. I have very beautiful memories and I’m grateful to have you as a part of them. You are fantastic at what you do. Thanks again for everything. May God richly bless you and your family."
— With lots of love, Erin
“How does one even begin to thank someone like you? There are no words or tokens of appreciation that match the gifts you have given us; those of love, support, faith, friendship, and humor. Thank you for guiding us and walking us on the beautiful journey of pregnancy and the surprising and wonderful arrival of L! We will always cherish our memories of our time together and hope that if other children await us, you might journey with us again. A whole heap of hugs and kisses."
— Lots of love, Anna and Francois
“Anne, you are a maverick! Changing the world through birth! I am forever in awe of your electrifying skill set as a midwife. I am forever grateful for my two beautiful home VBACS!!!!! Your work deserves the Emmy and Tony awards of the homebirth community! I love you!!!!!!"
— xoxoxoxoxoxooxoxoxoxo Joni
- Bachelors in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania
- Degree in Nurse-Midwifery from the Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing
- Masters in Nursing from Case Western Reserve University.
- Licensed midwife in New York and New Jersey
- Licensed OB/GYN nurse practitioner in New York
- Certified by the American Midwifery Certification Board
- Prenatal, Postpartum and Restorative yoga teacher training from Yoga Garden of San Francisco - Yoga Alliance Certified
- Yoga teacher training from Nosara Yoga Institute and Yoga Garden of San Francisco - Yoga Alliance Certified
- Yoga continuing education includes Teaching Beginners, Asanatomy: Applied Anatomy and Kinesiology, and Fundamentals of Teaching Yoga Poses with Noah Maze; Spirit Speak: Finding Your Unique Voice as A Teacher with Seane Corn; Restorative Yoga and Advanced Asana Practice with Cora Wen; Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga & Water Safety/Stand Up Paddle Education from World Paddle Association with Jessica Bellefatoo
- Completed the Spirit Junkie Masterclass Level One and Two Training with Gabrielle Bernstein
- Mastery and Creation Course Graduate of Mama Gena's School of Womanly Arts
- Clarity Breathwork Practitioner - Completed Levels One Through Four