Meet the Team

Cindi Wylie - Certified Nurse-Midwife

My Story
Birth photo.JPG
My Experience

I have been working as a registered nurse since 2006. For the first two years of my career, I worked in emergency and home health. In 2008, I started my career working with moms and babies as a labor, delivery, and postpartum nurse. I continued to work with families in this capacity in several facilities until starting my practice as a nurse-midwife.

In 2014, I completed my nurse-midwifery clinical training at the Midwifery Center at DePaul. After receiving my license and certification, I worked as a full scope nurse-midwife at Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth. I started my own practice and moved to home birth in early 2017. 

My path to birth work began with my own pregnancy and birth experiences. I was young and under-educated about pregnancy and birth when I had my first baby in 2000. The experience was an impersonal whirlwind that left me traumatized and afraid to have another child. In an effort to better prepare myself during my second pregnancy, I enrolled in a childbirth education class taught by a doula. It was in this class that learned about midwives, doulas, and a gentler way of giving birth. I switched to a midwife during the middle of the pregnancy and absolutely loved the care I received. I had a healing birth in the hospital with a midwife and knew at that time that midwifery was my calling. I enrolled in nursing school in 2003, not long after my second child's birth. I have since gone on to give birth with the support of wonderful midwives in a free-standing birth center and at home.

In my experiences as a woman and mother, a nurse and a midwife, I have seen the power of women and birth. I have seen the difference that a caring attendant and supportive environment make. Labor and birth are a journey for a mother and family. Being born is how each of our stories began. I believe that all women deserve to be loved and supported and all babies deserve to enter the world peacefully.

My Education and Credentials
Certified Nurse-Midwife

American Midwifery Certification Board 2014

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse

Virginia Board of Nursing 2014

Master's of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Frontier Nursing University 2014

Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN)

University of Maryland School of Nursing 2010

Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN)

Harford Community College 2005

Tierra Jackson (TJ) - Student Midwife

Photo.jpg

My name is Tierra Jackson and I am currently a 3rd year student at Mercy in Action College of Midwifery and a recipient of the Claudia Booker Memorial Midwife Scholarship. I currently hold Advanced BLS and Neonatal Resuscitation certifications and have worked as a student midwife for nearly 3 years. As a child, I remember being so in love with the idea of pregnancy, babies, and birth. I used to spend my afternoons watching shows like “Bringing Home Baby” and “A Baby Story” on TLC. Initially, I didn’t think of birth as a career and took joy and satisfaction in being around others who were pregnant or had given birth. That satisfaction was no longer enough after experiencing, firsthand, the kind of mistreatment and subpar care that marginalized communities receive in maternity care. I began to do my own research into what alternatives were available; the more I searched and learned, the more I found myself identifying with the care provided by midwives. Before beginning my studies in midwifery, I maintained a connection to the world of pregnancy by providing doula, childbirth education, lactation, and placenta encapsulation services. I have always held the belief that the time of pregnancy through postpartum is such an important one in a family’s life and that the treatment and care that they receive shapes the way they interact with the world going forward. With this thought, I constantly strive to place the wants and needs of those I am chosen to care for at the forefront of my mind when providing care. There are no words to describe how excited, honored, and grateful I am to be welcomed along on this journey with you.

Deborah Abner - Student Midwife

Deborah.jpg

My name is Deborah Abner, and I am a midwifery student and midwife assistant for Three Rivers Midwifery Service. I have a lifetime love of birth and babies, and have been involved in birthwork for over 20 years. In the early 1990’s I worked as a Childbirth and Breastfeeding Educator for a hospital, while also providing private services as a labor and postpartum doula.

I have completed BEST (Birth Emergency Skills Training), ALSO (Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics), an International Midwifery Training Course, as well as a Waterbirth Education Workshop. I am certified in CPR and Neonatal Resuscitation, and I am also a VA State Certified EMT. I have worked as a midwife assistant since 2013, and have thoroughly enjoyed being part of the Three Rivers Midwifery team since 2017. I am also currently a CPM student with Mercy in Action midwifery school and apprenticing with Three Rivers. 

I am on call along with the midwife for up to five weeks for each client. Typically I will meet you at the 36 week home visit, then attend your birth and immediate postpartum in order to assist the midwife in her care of you and your baby. In my role as a student, I will also be attending many clinic visits as well. 

As a homebirth mother myself, I thoroughly respect and treasure the birthing family as the center of the homebirth experience. I am grateful and honored to serve the Hampton Roads families who choose Three Rivers Midwifery for their pregnancy and birth care.