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Cesarean Birth Support

Our Cesarean Birth Support gathering is intended to provide a safe space for people who have given birth via cesarean to share their experience, process their emotions, and honor themselves.

Join us as we share our unique birth stories in a small group setting that is caring and empathetic.

Register for our next Cesarean Birth Support Group

Meet the Facilitators

Shosh Ruskin has been with Lifecycle since 2017. She provides gynecological, prenatal, and postpartum care to our clients. Prior to coming to Lifecycle, she earned her MSN/BSN from Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions and provided reproductive and sexual health services in the Boston area.

Shosh entered this profession “because so many of us – women, queer folks, people of color, among others – have had negative experiences within the healthcare system, particularly when accessing OB/GYN care. I strive to provide care that values kindness, bodily autonomy, and shared decision making. And, it’s fun!”

She is “inspired by all things DIY, from crafting, to food preservation, to baby-making”. In addition to her work at LWC, she collaborates with Ray Rachlin, CPM to provide at-home intrauterine insemination (IUI) and fertility services for queer families, single parents, and other non-traditional families.

She lives in West Philly with her partner, Ari Lev, and their two children.


Rachel Goldstein joined the Lifecycle team in 2020. Before becoming a nurse practitioner, she worked as a registered nurse in various positions including intensive care, post-surgery, and recovery room/short procedure unit. She earned her bachelor’s from Temple University, and her master’s degree and graduate certificate in LGBT Health from Drexel University.

Rachel has always wanted to work in healthcare and was drawn to a more holistic approach. She felt called to pursue a career in reproductive health after having her first child.

Rachel loves working with the team at Lifecycle and praises her colleague’s dedication to client-centered care, inclusion, and diversity.

When she’s not at work, Rachel’s two kids keep her very busy! During her downtime, she loves to do Pilates, read, listen to music, watch movies with her husband, and her favorite hobby of all time – throwing ceramics on a pottery wheel.

All classes, workshops, and support groups are currently being conducted via Zoom.