Lydia Schmittel

Lydia Schmittel, CNM

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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

Katlyn Rhodes is very genuine and concerned. She talked to the entire time which eased my anxiety.

Annual Well Woman Exam

Rachel has a gentle bedside manner and took time to talk through my questions.

Annual Well Woman Exam

She spent a lot of time with me and answered all of my questions!

Obstetrical Appointment (routine)

Answered all of my questions, very informative and helpful!

Annual Well Woman Exam

Dr. Nussman listened to my questions and didn't make me feel rushed.

Gynecological Problem Visit

Checked my previous tests for comparison. Listened to my symptoms. Explained everything. Didn’t make me feel like I was wasting her time.

Gynecological Problem Visit

Staff is very courteous and professional and Dr Lies is an amazing doctor!

Annual Well Woman Exam

Dr Grana took the time to listen to my concerns. She was efficient but caring.

Fertility Evaluation / Treatment

Dr. Sandbulte always takes time to listen to me, and she always gives the best medical advice.

Annual Well Woman Exam

The most amazing thing is getting the mammogram at the same time as the well visit and the whole thing done in less than an hour. Extremely efficient & friendly staff.

Annual Well Woman Exam

Dr. Barlow is informative and and easy to talk to

Annual Well Woman Exam

Dr. Benavides is always so great! She talks, listens, offers advice and is always helpful.

Gynecological Exams

Professional, respectful and quick

Obstetrical Appointment (routine)

Dr. Murphy is excellent

Bone Density

Kindness of staff; provider is a great listener and very empathetic. I had 2 procedures and an office visit. Everything went quick and was very efficient.

Gynecological Exams

Short wait for provider, provider was pleasant, listened to concerns and kind.

Pap Smear

Debbie was comforting and extremely efficient. I love a speedy visit!

Gynecological Ultrasound / Sonogram

Dr. McCallum is a patient doctor

Gynecological Exams

Amy is very thorough and takes time to answer questions I may have.

Annual Well Woman Exam

They made me feel very comfortable and relaxed