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Carol O’Donoghue, CNM


Carol has been catching babies at Lifecycle since  2019. Her interest in birth work began in the late 1980s when she was invited to work at a freestanding birth center in Princeton, NJ. In her words, “After my first birth, I knew I had found my calling. It was as simple (and complicated!) as that.”

Before coming to Lifecycle, Carol spent 10 years at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania attending births and teaching OB and emergency room residents, med students, and midwifery students. Prior to that, she spent three years at the Chestnut Hill Hospital, and has also lived and worked in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Ohio.

Additionally, Carol has been teaching a Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting class since 2017. The class is open to Lifecycle and non-Lifecycle clients and draws students from as far away as Delaware, New Jersey, Bucks County, and the Lehigh Valley (you can learn more about the class here).

When asked what she likes most about working at Lifecycle, Carol said: “I love working alongside such committed and smart professionals who realize Lifecycle’s mission every day, in the service of providing incredible, high-quality care to our clients and their families.”

When she’s not working, Carol enjoys spending time outdoors. She met her husband while serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa and they have had many adventures traveling, hiking, and rock climbing (with and without their children). Carol also enjoys running, walking, star gazing, and cooking – she can cook and host a delicious dinner party. She also says that her two teenage children have taught her so much and that “it has been amazing watching them grow up”.