Get To Know Your Long Island & NYC Midwives

We are midwives because we believe in women. We trust birth to work best when it’s a mother-led, natural process. Birth is a transformative and precious life experience.

Our NYC and Long Island -based midwifery practice is a sanctuary for people seeking authentically holistic care.

Founded in 2020 by Judy Ribner, DNP, CNM, Holistic Midwifery New York has grown to a team of four midwives dedicated to the midwifery model of care and supporting physiologic birth.

We value evidence-based practice, shared decision making and helping women achieve the birth of their dreams.

We provide individualized care in the comfort of your home.

In addition to homebirth, we also provide comprehensive gynecological services including contraception.

Our practice is founded on our deep trust in the inherent wisdom of the female body.

We consider birth to be safest when it unfolds in the privacy and familiarity of home.

We honor people’s uniqueness and individualize our care to our clients’ preferences.


Meet The Team

Judy Ribner, DNP, CNM

Doctor of Nursing Practice, Certified Nurse Midwife

License # 001983

The day Judy was born as a midwife, is the day she came earthside-at 7 pounds old. Judy is a product of a Lamaze, peaceful birth. She became a midwife doctor to help women birth in a way that displays their strength.

After graduating high school as valedictorian, Judy was awarded the Robert Byrd Academic Scholarship, NYS Scholarship of Academic Excellence, and National Merit Scholarship Commendation. Judy earned her MS in Midwifery at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Judy has been awarded the Rory Meyers Academic Scholarship, NYU Social Justice Scholarship, and the Susan Kun Leddy Stipend. Judy completed her doctorate, a DNP, at NYU, graduating as Valedictorian.  Judy lives with her husband and 4 children in Far Rockaway, NY. She has 3 homeborn children, two of whom were born into her own waiting, loving arms.


Malki Schuler, MSN, CNM, C-EFM, LCCE

Certified Nurse Midwife

License # 002035

Malki is honored to be a certified nurse midwife. Malki graduated Cum Laude from NYU with an accelerated Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. She started her women’s healthcare journey working as a labor and delivery nurse at a tertiary hospital in Manhattan for seven years. Malki graduated first place in her class from SUNY Downstate with a Master of Science degree in Nurse Midwifery. 

Compassionate and vibrant, Malki invests her complete self when caring for clients. With sensitivity and warmth, Malki provides evidence-based care individually tailored to meet each woman’s unique needs and preferences. Malki is humbled to care for and guide each family throughout their personal journey as they work to achieve an uninterrupted, physiologic birth.

Malki is passionate about health education. She is a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, American Academy of Pediatrics/American Heart Association certified Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) Instructor, and has taught a month-long Women’s Health seminar to teens.

Malki lives in Far Rockaway with her husband and two adorable children. 

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Rachel Cohen, MSN, CNM

Certified Nurse Midwife

License # 001908

Ruchi (Rachel) Cohen is an experienced midwife with a passion for Women’s Health. Ruchi was born in Vienna, Austria and spent her young adult years in Europe, the US and Israel.

Inspired by her own children’s births, Ruchi became a birth doula and then received her BSN in Nursing from Lehman College. She then earned a Masters in Midwifery from Frontier Nursing University while doing clinical training at Maimonides Medical Center.

Ruchi has worked in varied settings including NYU Langone, Mount Sinai South Nassau, Raveco Medical and now Holistic Midwifery NY. Ruchi is incredibly passionate about homebirth, supporting women to have the physiologic births they desire in a private and comfortable environment. She brings a sense of calm to every birth she attends, reaffirming the normalcy of this life changing event.

Ruchi currently lives on Long Island with her husband and six children. She is a strong advocate for special needs children and their families and has a unique interest in vaginal birth post cesarean (VBAC).

When she is not out catching babies, Ruchi is an avid reader, aspiring yogi and loves spending time with her family.


Alicia Richter, RN, SNM

Alicia’s passion for the dedicated care of women began in high school when she became a certified doula. She went on to become a birth assistant for a home birth practice shortly thereafter. Her days in nursing school were spent assisting families at a local birth center and supporting doula clients. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and began working on a high-risk antepartum unit at a Baby Friendly hospital in Orlando, FL. After relocating to NYC, Alicia spent time working at a high-risk outpatient OBGYN clinic before realizing that her heart truly belonged where it began: Homebirth. She joined SUNY Downstate’s Nurse-Midwifery program in 2020 and will graduate Spring 2023 with a Master of Science in Midwifery.

Alicia is proud to be a part of Holistic Midwifery NY and the compassionate care they provide. She believes that being a healthcare provider for women and families means that their choices are heard and supported. Alicia feels extremely grateful to have been able to bear witness to the creation of mothers for the past 8 years and is thrilled to continue to do so with this team.


A Discussion on Midwifery & Home Birth with the Midwives of Holistic Midwifery New York

Meet the Midwives of Holistic Midwifery New York and hear what they have to say about home birth and midwifery in NYC and Long Island.


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