An Integrative Model of Care: Combing the best of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Midwifery
What is an integrative model of care?
An integrative care model combines the best aspects of traditional obstetrics and gynecology care with the holistic approach of midwifery care. Learn more...
Dr. Michelle Aristizabal
Michelle Aristizabal, M.D, FACOG received her medical degree from the University of Arizona, College of Medicine. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, NJ. As a board certified Obstetrician Gynecologist, Dr. Aristizabal is well trained in all areas of general Obstetrics and Gynecology, including minimally invasive surgical procedures and adolescent gynecology. She also has special training in natural birth techniques and childbirth education and is a certified Hypnobirthing Practitioner. She supports a natural birthing process and really works with her patients to achieve the birthing experience they desire, while also supporting women who may desire more traditional medical interventions, such as epidural or cesarean delivery. She is the author of Natural Labor and Birth: An Evidenced Based Guide to the Natural Birth Plan.
Dr. A, as she is called by many of her patients, is a special doctor who really cares about the women she takes care of. She takes the time to sit and talk with her patients, getting to know them, and working to solve any problems they may have. Many patients will leave the exam room and comment that they have never had a doctor talk to them in the way that Dr. A does. She approaches each patient as a whole person and treats conditions using a combination of traditional medical treatments and more holistic remedies.
She is also committed to improving the health of women worldwide and has provided care to women in Eastern Africa as part of medical mission trips. She has been married for ten years to her college sweetheart, who she met while studying English Literature at McGill University in Montreal, Canada and is a proud mother of two beautiful young children. She enjoys writing and painting during her few moments of free time.
Melanie Comer, CNM
Melanie Comer, CNM, has practiced full scope midwifery since 1995, after receiving her degrees from Hunter College School of Nursing and the University of Pennsylvania. Since that time, she has been privileged to care for women and their families in a rich variety of settings, including freestanding and in-hospital birth centers, public health clinics, and urban hospital practices. Before finding midwifery as her true calling, Melanie received a degree in English literature and theater from the University of Vermont and satisfied her thirst for cultural learning with extensive international travel. She was an early employee of Midwifery of Manhattan from 2003-2006 and returned in 2011 after a rewarding 5-year tenure in public health with Bellevue Midwifery Service. Melanie joined Wombkeepers in the fall of 2017, after Midwifery of Manhattan closed their doors, and has quickly become a wonderful and valuable partner in caring for our patients. Melanie provides routine gynecologic and complete obstetrics care for pregnancy, labor, and delivery. A long time resident of Montclair, Melanie spends her free time with her husband, an artist, graphic novelist, and teacher, and her son, her pride, joy, and inspiration.