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:

Gynecological Exams

Absolutely love this practice and Bo Reeves I have been a patient here for a long time. I always feel comfortable and welcomed!

Annual Well Woman Exam

Dr. Jones is very personable. Listened and was very supportive of some health changes that I was trying to focus on. I appreciated that and it was very encouraging.

Office Visit / Follow-up

This way my first visit I was currently dr accetta patient.he was on time and nice demor

Pre-Operative Evaluation

Dr. Hill is absolutely amazing. She answers and questions and doesn't make me feel stupid for asking and let's you know if you have more to contact her. She doesn't show her stress, as any Doctor has every right to feel. She makes her patients feel important and validated! She makes it about the patient!

Blood Draw

Super easy to get in, quick blood draw, great personalities of the phlabotomists.

Pap Smear

The staff is amazing as well as Dr. Dimon.

Annual Well Woman Exam

Maggie Darst, explained everything and gave me all my options for me to decide and did not push anything on me and allowed me safe space to ask questions.

Annual Well Woman Exam

Dr. Clark is easy to talk to.

Annual Well Woman Exam

Great office great people and I am hard to please

Office Visit / Follow-up

This was a follow up appointment with Dr. Walsh. She was thorough in the examination. She was careful to explain the results and ask questions about other problems I might be dealing with. She also suggested what I might do to help the problem. I was very pleased with the examine and am considering her suggestion.

Annual Well Woman Exam

Quick and easy visit

Gynecological Exams

Great visit

Annual Well Woman Exam

in and out quickly

Annual Well Woman Exam

Friendly,professional, and has concern about her patients.

Annual Well Woman Exam

I was highly satisfied because from the time I signed in for my appointment to the time I exited my appointment, I received a warm greeting and genuine care.

Annual Well Woman Exam

Amy always takes here time and really listens to my needs. She also has a way of making me feel comfortable. She's the best!

Office Visit / Follow-up

Dr. Beeson was very thorough and answered all my questions in a kind, compassionate and intelligent way. I truly felt like we worked together to create a plan that works in my timeline and with my financial situation.

Blood Draw

Nancy is absolutely fabulous. She always comes in with a smile & is happy to answer all my questions. She gives good feedback & tricks to try and help with my concerns.

Gynecological Problem Visit

Came in around noon 6/10. PA Lyons is busy, but always makes me feel important. She also listens and never makes you feel judged or unheard!

OB Care

Dr. Brimmage took his time to answer my questions and explain everything in detail. He was kind, patient, and thorough. I felt like I was in good hands.