Lydia Schmittel

Lydia Schmittel, CNM

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Book Appointment Chapel Hill Obstetrics and Gynecology

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Accepts New Patients

Telehealth Appointments Available

Chapel Hill Obstetrics and Gynecology: Chapel Hill

120 Conner Drive
Suite 101
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Phone: (919) 942-8571 Fax: (919) 942-6355

Chapel Hill Obstetrics and Gynecology: Durham

245 E. North Carolina 54
Suite 202
Durham, NC 27713
Phone: (919) 942-8571 Fax: (919) 794-8468


Graduate School: Frontier Nursing University

Undergraduate School: Duquesne University

Memberships & Societies

American College of Nurse Midwives

Hospital Affiliations

Duke Regional Hospital

Originally from Apollo, Pennsylvania, Lydia chose midwifery as a profession due to her own personal experience with the supportive, personalized care her midwife provided her during the birth of her children. This support enabled her to reach her goal of an unmedicated VBAC.

“I originally planned to go to medical school to become an obstetrician but decided on being a biology teacher part way through my freshman year,” she said. “I really had no exposure to what a midwife was until my own pregnancies. Once I discovered midwifery care it quickly became clear I was always meant to be a midwife.”

Lydia earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Duquesne University and worked as a nurse at a busy tertiary care center in Pittsburgh, PA on the postpartum, antepartum, and labor and delivery units. Lydia then earned her master’s degree in nursing from Frontier Nursing University and completed her clinical training with The Midwives at Magee at Magee Womens Hospital of UPMC as well as with The Midwife Center in Pittsburgh, PA.

Before moving to Durham, she was a midwife for three and a half years at a community hospital in Northwestern Pennsylvania. She’s also a member of the American College of Nurse Midwives.

She worked as a postpartum, antepartum and labor and delivery nurse at a busy tertiary care center in Pittsburgh, PA prior to becoming a midwife.

“I served a unique population as a midwife taking care of 35% Amish and Mennonite families,” she said. “I enjoy partnering with my patients to achieve their healthcare goals. I firmly believe knowledge is power and strive to help women understand their bodies, their options, and how they can optimize their health. My goal is to make you as comfortable and empowered as possible.”

Lydia and her husband, Derek, have three wonderful children. Their oldest child, Emma, has demonstrated an interest in art and cooking, while her middle child, Miles, likes video games and reading. Her youngest child, Claire, loves to go on adventures and dance.

They share their home with two dogs, a Bernedoodle named Leo and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Sawyer. They also have two adopted cats.

Outside the office, she loves hiking, gardening, cooking, traveling and spending time with her family.

Patient Reviews

Overall patient rating for UWH of The Carolinas:

Annual Well Woman Exam

yes I was satisfied with my overall experience.

Annual Well Woman Exam

Dr. Sherer takes time to discuss things with me and is very thorough.

Annual Well Woman Exam

Dr. Richardson is nice and warm. She listens to her patients professionally. But the wait time is too long.

OB Care

The care and intention provided at Highlands is amazing. I feel like they are family.

Annual Well Woman Exam

A quick, efficient experience, and very friendly staff.

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Annual Well Woman Exam

It was pleasant but quick without me feeling rushed.

Obstetrical Appointment (routine)

My waiting time was not very long. Dr Pak is a great doctor who is very knowledgeable and I appreciate how she takes the time to explain things and is super thorough.

Gynecological Ultrasound / Sonogram

I spoke with Brook on the phone, her level of knowledge and genuine concern for me was so comforting. When I hung up the phone, I was completely confident in the care I would receive. Allie brought me back to the room, she, to me, being a nurse of 25 years, was "old school" professional. She was kind and concerned about why I was there. It was clear to me she was patient focused and not job oriented. A super nice lady that compliments the nursing profession well! Natalie, I could have sat and talked with her all day. So nice and so smart. Every concern was addressed! There is no way you would get better care anywhere!!!

Annual Well Woman Exam

Compared to previous breast exams, this exam seemed more like "going through the motions" of a breast exam than thoroughly examining for suspect abnormalities. Since breast cancer is the world's most prevalent cancer, I want my annual physical exam, in addition to my annual mammogram, to render the earliest detection possible.

Post-Partum Appointment

From walking in, to leaving you truly feel cared for! The space is cozy and clean and Jesse is an amazing provider!!

OB Care

Dr. Mody is the best OB in the business and I am so very thankful for her honesty and great care.

Bone Density

Dr. Hunt is thorough, kind, and attentive. She has been my doctor since 2010.

Annual Well Woman Exam

Dr. Motyka is very knowledgeable and thorough. She truly cares about her patients!

Annual Well Woman Exam

So many providers just throw medications at you for whatever symptoms you have without investigating what is causing those symptoms. It is such a rare find to have someone actually care about finding the root cause of the issue! Very grateful for the time taken to actually look into what I'm dealing with.

Annual Well Woman Exam

Dr is amazing. Always takes her time. The office was really far behind but she never rushed me at all!!!

Annual Well Woman Exam

Beth is always great. As a healthcare worker, when you have a set timeframe to keep patients moving it is hard to get lost in all of that, but Beth always makes the visit personal and asks how family/work is, so while it is a quick visit, it does not seem rushed, and time is allowed if there was a concern.

Office Visit / Follow-up

Great doctor

Birth Control Consultation

Low wait time, friendly office staff, attentive physician

Annual Well Woman Exam

All of my questions were answered; on-time - little waiting