At North Jersey Midwifery Care, L.L.C., I recognize that your choice of a midwife is driven both by the midwife’s competency and personality. When searching for quality women’s health care, you need a midwife who is experienced, understanding, and supportive. As you read below about Donna Tabas, CNM, M.S., you will find that she has the real-world experience and knowledge you expect from a high quality practitioner, as well as the caring, responsive attitude that will put you at ease.
Donna Tabas, C.N.M., M.S.
Midwife serving Northern New Jersey (Bergen, Hudson, & Essex Counties) and New York (NYC & Rockland County)
North Jersey Midwifery Care, L.L.C.
Home Prenatal and Post Partum Care
Birthing at HUMC at Pascack Valley in Westwood, NJ
- B.A. in Biology, Washington University in St. Louis, Dean’s List.
- B.S.N. in Nursing, Columbia University, New York, NY. , Award for Excellence, Sigma Theta Tau, Sigma Theta Tau, National Honor Society of Nursing, Dean's List.
- M.S., Nurse Midwifery, Columbia University, New York, NY
Recipient of the Mary Dickey Lindsay Award given to the student “who best exemplifies a dedication to individualized, culturally sensitive comprehensive care for women and their families.” Sigma Theta Tau, National Honor Society of Nursing
Donna’s Media and Community Exposure:
- Donna was featured as one of the midwives attending a birth on the world renowned documentary, “Orgasmic Birth,” produced by Debra Pascali-Bonaro.
- A VBAC birth that Donna attended was featured on The Learning Channel (TLC)’s “A Baby Story.”
- Donna has lectured about Midwifery at Stern College for Women, Yeshiva University in New York.
- Donna has been a featured guest speaker in various community groups around the region to educate the public about the safety and benefits of midwifery care for lower risk women.
Donna's Personal Journey Into The Practice Of Midwifery...
FROM A BASIC SCIENCE LIBERAL ARTS EDUCATION, TO HIGH RISK NEONATAL NURSING, TO LOW RISK OUT-OF-HOSPITAL BIRTH CENTER NURSING, TO MIDWIFERY PRACTICE;
A 41 YEAR JOURNEY THAT HAS RESULTED IN COMBINING ALL DISCIPLINES TO DEVELOP A WELL BALANCED, EVIDENCE- BASED MIDWIFERY PRACTICE RESULTING IN THE SAFEST, MOST EMPOWERING BIRTH EXPERIENCES FOR WOMEN.
My undergraduate education was in biology at Washington University in St. Louis, followed immediately by a second baccalaureate degree in Nursing from Columbia University. My externship included working on an adult oncology unit, during which I gained invaluable skills and experience working closely with families challenged frequently with end of life care issues.
My first job as a Registered Nurse was in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Columbia’s Babies Hospital, (now renamed the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York Presbyterian Hospital).
It was a unit that took care of the sickest and smallest of infants. I enjoyed mastering the clinical high-risk nursing skills my job entailed, but immensely enjoyed the component of caring for the birthing families who suddenly found themselves deposited into unplanned for and unexpected challenges brought about by the circumstances of my tiny patients.
After several years of taking care of “other people’s” babies, I began to yearn to take care of my own.
My pregnancy was uneventfully normal (but of course “eventful for me!"), and I chose to birth at Babies’ Hospital with an OB/GYN, because I wanted to be “at the best hospital with the most well-trained physician to deal with any problem that could go wrong.” Be careful what you wish for. With humility and some degree of embarrassment I must admit that at that time, even being an RN, I was not familiar with the midwifery model of care, how it differs from the medical model of care, nor what my choices set me up for.
My birth experience was horrible, and after many long hours of intervention after invasive intervention, I ended up with a Cesarean birth and a critically ill infant who was admitted into the very unit in which I worked. I had become “one of them.”
Thankfully and with gratitude, my son and I healed, albeit me with sequelae that will always be part of the tapestry of my life. However, I was forever transformed.
Three years later I was determined to have my next baby without surgery. I researched and discovered the field of midwifery; natural and physiological birthing; the subject of birthing vaginally after a Cesarean (VBAC); and doula care.
Again, uneventfully (but now with a uterine scar, which forever tagged me as “high risk”), my pregnancy was normal. After all the mental and physical preparation I had done for this birth, I welcomed my spontaneous labor and all of its sensations joyfully, fully, and without fear (after all, it was my own body doing this!) and eight hours after my labor began I pushed out my newborn son myself, with no interventions, with my body intact and the wounded part of my heart and soul somewhat healed.
My personal VBAC birth was so profound that I realized my professional and life calling was to help other women try to experience a joyful, natural birth, and help women to avoid the cascade of interventions that lead to complications, morbidity, and unnecessary Cesarean Sections.
After being a stay-at-home mom of two sons for several years, it was time to begin my journey. No more beeping monitors. No more tangle of tubes. No more syringes and drips and dressings. No more wiping tears of angst from mothers’ faces. It was time for me to work with low risk birthing women within the midwifery model, and help them achieve the joy and empowerment that is available to those who want and choose natural childbirth.
For the next sixteen years I worked as an RN at a wonderful free-standing birth center, owned and operated by midwives, and supported, guided, encouraged, and facilitated thousands of women through their birthing journeys to help them achieve their most beautiful, natural, transformative birth experience... As I “moved up the ranks” from nurse, to head nurse, to nursing educator and orientation manager, I started to realize that I was evolving into a midwife. I enrolled in Columbia University’s School of Nursing to study Midwifery and obtained a Master’s degree in Midwifery in 2004.
I have practiced midwifery since my graduation in different settings and hospitals. I have learned from a myriad of wonderful mentors and noted and internalized the best of their midwifery essences. I have combined these qualities with my own insights, strengths, priorities, and uniqueness, and incorporated them into the Donna Tabas, CNM that has formed her own practice, North Jersey Midwifery Care, L.L.C. My practice embodies the goals and priorities that define the very best, safest, personalized, professional, and compassionate hallmarks of what I consider my vision of the ideal midwifery practice to be.
My life is additionally blessed by other endeavors that ultimately add to my depth as a health care provider. I am a semi-professional singer involved in many singing endeavors, author, avid reader, knitter, and avid “science nerd,” always keeping up with the latest literature in my field. I am deeply committed to anti-bullying education, deeply connected to my spiritual community, a (multiple) pet lover, the mother of two amazing sons, two spectacular daughter-in-laws, and two beautiful grandsons. I am blessed being married to an amazing man for 37 years.
I feel that I have come full circle: starting with a strong basic science background, having been immersed in the high risk world of ICU nursing, to embracing the essence of the midwifery model of caring for low risk healthy women. With a segment of my life deeply involved in art, the humanities, community service, and a deep spiritual life, I know that I can bring to my patients a well-balanced and informed prospective of all aspects of the facets, challenges, and triumphs that birth often presents.
Having attended thousands of births over the 35 plus years of working with birthing families, I can confidently say, “I’ve seen just about everything!” I have worked with women from every religious and cultural tradition, socioeconomic situation, sexual orientation, and family system. I have worked with women with a diverse sense of priorities, goals, triumphs, skills, histories, trauma, limitations, and stresses. I have worked with the angst of infertility couples and the special challenges and gifts of adoption. I have worked with those suffering from the most unimaginable losses, and the triumphs of the greatest gifts of life.
These experiences have given me a wide palette upon which to draw. Adapting to the diversity of the human condition experiencing the same life experience—birth—is an astounding and never-ending source of inspiration for me. Each birth is unique; each birth I learn from; each woman has something to teach me about what birth can be about, each birth is awe inspiring, and every birth is a sacred event and miracle.
The day I look at any birth as routine will be the day I retire.