Meet the Team

Cindi Wylie - Certified Nurse-Midwife

My Story
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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

Angie Hale - RN, student nurse-midwife

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My Story

My path to midwifery has been a long one. After having a hospital birth with an epidural and an OB/GYN with my first child in 2007 I knew I wanted more for my next pregnancy. While there was nothing particularly traumatic about my first birth, I realized that there was more to the birth experience than what I had experienced. This awareness put me on a journey toward midwifery. When I became pregnant a second time I picked up Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth in my local bookstore and I was sold. I quickly found a local nurse-midwife in my community and fell in love with the practice. I went on to have an out-of-hospital water birth with my third child in 2010 and have been working toward becoming a midwife ever since.

I started my journey by helping as a doula at several births before going back to school for a second bachelor’s degree in nursing in 2017. Originally from Tennessee, I moved to Virginia after nursing school in June 2018 to fulfill a service obligation through the Nurse Corp by working in a medically underserved area. This service agreement brought me to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital where I have had the privilege of serving the Hampton Roads community ever since. I love supporting women in childbirth and realize what an honor it is to be able to hold space for them during one of the most vulnerable times in their lives. The safety of women and their babies is my priority and I believe they are safest when following their bodies and the physiologic birth process.

My Experience

I started my nursing journey at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital on the adult health rotation team. I did one year of rotations between the neuro/trauma/burn unit, orthopedic surgery, and general surgery units. For the last three years, I have worked on the high-risk labor and delivery unit taking care of women with many different pregnancy complications. I started nurse-midwifery school at Bethel University in St. Paul, MN in August 2019 and am in my final semester before graduation in May 2022. My clinical rotations have been at Dominion Women’s Health in Richmond, VA serving women in primary care and during pregnancy, Sentara Norfolk General Hospital with Dr. Lappinen, MD managing labor and delivery in a high-risk environment, and now at Three Rivers Midwifery with Cindi learning the art of midwifery in a home birth environment.

My Education and Credentials
Student Nurse-Midwife

Bethel University, St. Paul, MN

Expected Graduation May 2022

Registered Nurse

Virginia Board of Nursing 2018

Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Union University 2017

Bachelor's of Science in Organizational Mgmt

Tusculum University 2007

Deborah Abner - Birth Assistant/Student Midwife

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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 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.