Knowing her love for pregnancy and all things baby, Jessica Deeb started her nursing career in obstetrics. In addition to completing her Master of Science in Women's Health Nursing, Jessica is also an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator. Currently she is working part time at a New York City academic medical center as a clinical nurse specialist and childbirth educator. Jessica also spends several hours volunteering each month. But most important to her, is her role as a wife to her ever patient husband and a mom to her seriously sweet 3 year old and super smiley 1 year old.
As the Coordinator for a parent education department, Gladys Vallespir-Ellet works to improve communication between expectant parents, obstetricians, hospital staff, and the parent education program during pregnancy and after delivery. Throughout her more than 10 years in a New York City academic medical center, she has served as the assistant nurse manager on the Mother-Baby Unit and a nurse for a Maternal-Fetal Medicine practice. She is a graduate of the NYU College of Nursing and holds a master's degree in education from The American University. She is a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator and Certified Lactation Counselor who serves as chair of Continuing Education for Lamaze International and has presented nationally. As a current doctoral student at the NYU College of Nursing, her research interest focuses on first time fathering.
Welcome to Birth Avenue! We have had the wonderful opportunity of working with pregnant women, new moms and their families throughout our nursing careers. During this time, we have seen a huge need common amongst pregnant women; a desire to be part of their care. However, they often feel their only option is to trust the medical system. On the flip side, women can become easily overwhelmed with the seemingly endless sources of information during their pregnancy. This often leads to a struggle to know what is the “right” answer.
After too many conversations that ended with, “I wish I had a way to let women know...” Birth Avenue was born. We want to provide current information that is based in research to help you make the best decisions for you and your family. We also know that parenting can be intense, and hope to lighten the mood with a blend of more lighthearted posts.
So journey with us down Birth Avenue, as we work to be a guide during your parenting years!