Meet the Team
Cindi Wylie - Certified Nurse-Midwife
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
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.
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
Check back soon for Katie's bio!
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.