Announcing our 2014-2015 Scholarship Recipients

CEA/MNY is proud to announce the recipients of our first ever, Doris Haire Scholarship and Still I Rise Scholarship!

Please join us in congratulating and welcoming our 2014-2015 Scholarship Recipients!

Faith McFall-Smith- Winner of The Doris Haire Scholarship
Patricia Rangel– Winner of The Still I Rise Scholarship

We received many qualified applicants and have chosen to extend a partial scholarship to our 1st Runner-Ups!

Lodz Joseph- 1st Runner-Up of The Doris Haire Scholarship
Carla Nelson- 1st Runner-Up of The Still I Rise Scholarship

Learn more about our wonderful new TCPs below!


Faith McFall-Smith, Winner of The Doris Haire Scholarship

Faith McCall-Smith, CEA/MNY, Doris Haire Scholarship RecipientFaith McFall-Smith is from Yonkers, in Westchester County, NY. Faith is a working mother of two, a wife and an aspiring birth worker. After a disappointing first birth experience with her daughter which ended in an unnecessary cesarean delivery in 2009, Faith became a breastfeeding advocate encouraging family, friends and coworkers of the amazing process of breastfeeding. After becoming pregnant with her second child, she was urged to find a local ICAN (International Cesarean Awareness Network) group and started taking steps toward a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean.) With the help and encouragement of family, friends, her ICAN group, her midwives and a doula, she achieved a successful home birth after cesarean in 2011. The HBAC experience has changed her life, making her want to share the joys of the childbirth process with expectant parents. She will be volunteering her time with the Lower Hudson Valley Perinatal Network on the March of Dimes, “Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait” consumer campaign and co-coordinated the Westchester County chapter of the Improving 2014 Labor Day Rally to Improve Birth Outcomes.

Patricia RangelWinner of The Still I Rise Scholarship

After having five natural births, Patricia Rangel became a licensed practical nurse working in the Labor and Delivery and Postpartum Units. Patricia has completed doula trainings with ALACE, DONA International and Ancient Song Doula Services. She is also an Infant Massage Instructor and aspiring childbirth educator. Patricia is the Founder and Coordinator of the Harlem Hospital Center Volunteer Doula Program. Patricia is excited to join the TCP program as she appreciates that CEA/MNY is family-centered and does not support one particular way to give birth. She believes  that the mind and body are connected in the birth process and views childbirth as a normal, natural physiological process. Patricia is a proud cancer survivor, having won the battle against breast cancer.

As someone who has previously met and interviewed Dr. Maya Angelou, she is honored to be the first recipient of The Still I Rise Scholarship and looks forward to joining the CEA/MNY community.

Lodz Joseph- 1st Runner-Up of The Doris Haire Scholarship 

Lodz Joseph, CEA/MNY, Doris Haire ScholarshipLodz Joseph has a Masters in Public Health and completed DONA International birth doula training with Debra Pascali-Bonaro. She discovered birth work while in Rwanda pursuing a medical career and managing an HIV/AIDS program. While working in the local hospital, she found herself drawn towards the laboring women and realized her passion was calling her in a different direction. When she returned to the states she started researching everything about birth and birth support and found the doula profession.

In her doula work she meets clients where they are with compassion, support, enthusiasm, and evidence-based information.  She is a grounding presence, providing non-judgmental doula care. Lodz has a deep confidence in women’s ability to manifest the birth that they desire. She provides a full spectrum of services to expectant families. She also makes her own oils and lotions which she brings to births and gives amazing massages.

Lodz is a native New Yorker born and raised in Queens, first generation American from Haiti. While not at births and studying childbirth, she loves being on the beach, cooking and coming up with new and delicious oils and lotions.

Carla Nelson- 1st Runner-Up of The Still I Rise Scholarship

Carla Nelson, CEA/MNY, Still I Rise ScholarshipCarla Nelson is a Registered Nurse and birth doula. After the birth of her second daughter along with spending several years in the maternity and obstetrics field, she decided to focus and specialize in her career as a birth coach. She completed her training with DONA International and Debra Pascali-Bonaro.

Carla is currently attending The Integrative School of Nutrition where she is completing her certification as a holistic health coach in order to continue providing her clients with a wealth of knowledge pertaining to their care. Fascinated by women’s health and learning, Carla understands that the care mothers and babies receive during and following birth greatly influences their well-being for years to come.  Her mission as a registered nurse and birth coach is to promote a balanced approach to bridge the gap between Western and Eastern obstetric and postpartum care. This is done through family support and education of different relaxation techniques and comfort measures.

She is dedicated to educating and empowering women and expectant parents. She understand that pregnancy and birth is the most transforming time in parent’s life and wants to continue to help capture and savor life’s most precious moments.