Mary Borra, Certified Nurse Midwife, Women’s Health
“As a midwife, my goal is to support and empower women to have a
more active role in their birth and be a true partner in helping families
grow healthy and strong.”
As part of Cortland Regional Women’s Health practice, Mary Borra,
Certified Nurse Midwife, brings over 20 years of advanced training and
experience in prenatal, well-women, family planning, and gynecology care.
She is also an integral member of our primary care and family medicine
teams, serving the healthcare needs of women in our community.
Following many years as an obstetrical nurse, Mary decided to become a
midwife. Practicing during the late 1970s, she witnessed women’s
lack of choices – from prenatal care to childbirth experiences.
It was then that Mary decided she wanted to support and empower women
to have a more active role in their birth. For Mary, the midwifery model
best embodied this vision.
Pregnancy requires making decisions that extend beyond labor itself or
pain management. Midwives counsel mothers on nutrition, understanding
symptoms, breastfeeding support, and stress management during pregnancy
and after. For professionals like Borra, being present throughout this
journey is critical. “From the beginning of the pregnancy to the
moment of birth, I am dedicated to being right there in her patients’
room providing physical and emotional support the entire time,”
This intimate relationship is created by providing high standards of care
while nurturing personal connections with patients. Regular wellness visits
are used to combine the medical checkpoints -- weight, blood pressure
— with compassionate inquiries into how a mom is coping emotionally.
“There are permanent changes about to occur in her life,”
says Mary, “I ask about her expectations for delivery, and I describe
the baby’s development over the months so she has a connection to
what is happening in her body.”
After many successful years practicing in Binghamton, Mary was ready to
return home to the Cortland area. Joining the obstetrics and gynecology
team at Cortland Regional gave her the opportunity to assist women within
her own community in making optimal healthcare choices. Today she continues
to support, educate, and empower mothers to take an active role in their
MS: Midwifery, SUNY Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY
BS: Nursing, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
AS: Nursing, Tompkins Cortland Community College, Dryden, NY
New York State Licensed Midwife Association