Marlyn Lestage-Laforet

Marlyn Lestage-Laforest CNM-NP, MA, MPH, RN

President

Marlyn joined the Obstetrical and Gynecological team at Jacobi Medical Center in 2004. She continues to provide full- scope midwifery care to women and adolescents in the Bronx.

In 1985 Marlyn started her nursing career in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She subsequently immigrated to New York where she quickly enrolled in ESL classes to further her education. In 1988 Marlyn obtained her license as a Practical Nurse in New York. The following year she passed her licensing exam as a Registered Nurse and joined St Barnabas Hospital Nursing Workforce.

Marlyn has always been able to balance work, family, and education. Married with two children, she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the College of New Rochelle in 1997. Eager to pursue her education, Marlyn enrolled in the midwifery program at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) while working as an Inpatient Obstetric Nurse. She successfully completed the midwifery program in 2000.

In 2002, Marlyn embarked upon a career in midwifery after nineteen years of service at St Barnabas Hospital as a Registered Nurse. Marlyn believes that midwifery is her calling. “There is no greater joy than to be present at a birth.” Marlyn also believes that midwifery, the art of the birthing process, has taught her patience, calmness, perseverance and endurance. These attributes are arguably the most important traits of a midwife. Indeed being present at a birth is a great privilege and midwives strive to enhance the woman’s experience and to optimize outcomes.

Seventeen years full scope midwifery practice including but not limited to Adolescents Health, Newborn Circumcision, and Surgical First Assistant at Cesarean section, and limited Obstetrical Ultrasound.

Marlyn also, manages and provides care to patients within protocols and standards of practice throughout their pregnancy and beyond. Marlyn evaluates findings, makes assessment and develops appropriate management plan and treatment. It is important to note as a midwife, Marlyn seeks consultation and collaborates with other members of the health care team in a timely manner.

Marlyn’s passion for learning also motivated her to persevere in pursuing advanced degree. In 2008 Marlyn received a Master of Public Health from Herbert H. Lehman College, CUNY.  Also, in 2015 she earned a Master of Arts, Nurse Executive, from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Moreover, Marlyn has more twenty five years of comprehensive nursing experience in different specialty- units such as  Medical- Surgical, Psychiatric, Step-down-Telemetry, Ventilator, In-patient Obstetric

Marlyn participates in the development of healthcare programs- Adolescent Education Programs: Sexual Education, Diabetes and Pregnancy, Sickle Cell Disease and Pregnancy, Hypertensive Disorder and Pregnancy

Marlyn enjoyed being a Clinical Adjunct Instructor at Monroe and Nyack College, School of Nursing and a Clinical Preceptor for medical students, nurse-midwifery students, nurse practitioner students, and nursing students in the U.S and abroad.

In 2016 Marlyn receives the “Best Clinical Practice Preceptor Award” from Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the “Outstanding Preceptor Award” from New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing.

Marlyn is a member of Toastmasters International and a Competent Communicator. Marlyn sees herself as a perpetual learner- in the workplace, academically and in life. She is currently the President of the Haitian American Nurses Association of Hudson Valley, New York, Inc.