Meet the Team

Cindi Wylie - Certified Nurse-Midwife

My Story
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

Katie Schultz - Certified Nurse-Midwife

My Story

I have wanted to attend births for as long as I can remember. I literally cannot imagine doing anything else. I had always believed that would be in the role of physician but then I learned about midwifery.  Having been waitlisted at my #1 medical school, I enrolled in a master’s program hoping it would help me get into med school. My boss at the time suggested I look into becoming a midwife. She and many of the women I worked with had used midwives and raved about the experience.  I had no idea a job like this existed and the more I learned about being a nurse and midwife, the less I wanted to become a doctor.  There were two main things about becoming a certified nurse-midwife that appealed to me. First, nurse-midwifery is based in the nursing model of care that is preservation of health - essentially doing all you can to keep low-risk women low-risk.  Second, the word midwife literally means “with woman.” I love that. That is what I want - to be “with woman” while she is pregnant and births. I want to support her and do my best to help when she is at her most vulnerable.

 

My own birth experience is what led me to homebirth.  At the time I believed that the safest place to have my first baby was the hospital. If all went well, I would have all the rest of my babies at home.  I signed up with a highly recommended group of midwives and was hoping for a job offer after my fantastic birth.  My plan went totally awry and I had a c-section after a multi-day failed induction that left me feeling disempowered and abused.  After that, I never wanted to midwife again.  I didn’t want to participate in the system that had let me down and didn’t see another way to practice. Then I met Cindi and she gently midwifed me back into midwifery.  She convinced me to come to a birth in April of 2018. I watched Cindi and Deb care for that woman; I watched her labor with minimal intervention; I watched her be truly supported when she felt scared; and I watched as she pushed her baby out in her bathroom.  That was it - I was back. I saw how it could be and I knew I wanted to be a part of this little team of women.  I am so lucky that I get to work with my friends and do what I love more than anything and have the privilege of caring for women and their families as they grow.

 

Since the very first birth I attended for a friend I realized the absolute privilege it is to be present at the birth of not only the baby but the birth of the woman in her new role as a mother and the birth of the new family.  I strive to support and facilitate physiologic birth and to hold a safe space for birthing. 

My Experience

I started my career in healthcare in research in 2006 when I completed my undergraduate degree in San Francisco and researched infectious diseases and novel cardiac biomarkers there. I then went to Baltimore and completed my Master's in Public Health at Johns Hopkins University while working at the health department researching long-term maternal stress and its affect on the incidence of SIDS. I completed my training as an RN in 2014 and went directly into the nurse-midwifery program at University of Chicago. During that program, I had the privilege of attending 57 births during my training, the majority of which were in the busy, inner-city University of Chicago Hospital with a large group of midwives. I also had the opportunity to attend births at a small, community hospital. In addition to attending births, I was able to learn about and observe a variety of subspecialties in women’s health such as infertility, pelvic floor PT and
urogynecology. I completed my training in 2016 and soon after moved to Virginia and had my own baby. I joined Three Rivers Midwifery in April of 2018 and have been attending home births with the team since then.

My Education and Credentials
Certified Nurse-Midwife

American Midwifery Certification Board 2016

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse

Virginia Board of Nursing 2019

Master's of Science in Nursing (MSN)

University of Illinois - Chicago 2016

Registered Nurse (RN)

University of Chicago - Illinois 2014

Master's of Public Health (MPH)

Johns Hopkins University 2011

Deborah Abner - Birth Assistant

My name is Deborah Abner, and I am the 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 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.

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.

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