Lydia Schmittel

Lydia Schmittel, CNM

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Book Appointment Chapel Hill Obstetrics and Gynecology

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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:

IUD Insertion / Removal

Nurses and doctor were very welcoming and warm. Made it feel more easygoing.

Gynecological Problem Visit

Answers were provided for my symptoms. I got a mammogram without waiting or having to come back.

Gynecological Problem Visit

She listened to my concerns and I was very understanding

Annual Well Woman Exam

Quick and friendly service from all staff members

Annual Well Woman Exam

Whenever I have an appointment with Dr. McGill, I leave with a deeper understanding, not only of how to treat any health concerns I may have, but also how to maintain an elevated state of health. She is concise, kind, patient, AND has a sense of humor, which puts you at ease during both the clinical work up, and any treatment procedures.

Annual Well Woman Exam

Dr. Richardson is always wonderful. The nursing staff is as well.

Post-Partum Appointment

Heather listened, provided empathy, and quickly went to treatment

Gynecological Exams

Dr. Matthews was very professional during my exam and he answered all of my questions and concerns.


Dr. Devine, Katie, Laura, and all the staff are friendly, kind, and want to ensure you are as comfortable as possible.

Annual Well Woman Exam

Dr Trollip is just the best! Very knowledgeable and listens to patients.

Lab Work

They where friendly and knowledgeable

Birth Control Consultation

She was super nice and very informational! I thoroughly felt like I was taken care of when visiting Wilkerson OBGYN.

Annual Well Woman Exam

From the moment I stepped into the building, I was treated with dignity and respect. The entire staff is respectful, efficient and professional.

Gynecological Problem Visit

I trust my Doctor with my problems he is a very good doctor

Gynecological Exams

Everyone was very welcoming and answered all the questions I had.

Blood Draw

Dr.Hilbert is always very thorough and makes me feel very comfortable.

Bone Density

Staff were efficient and friendly. Answered questions and were patient.

Annual Well Woman Exam

I've been a patient of Dr. Travis for many years now. She and her staff are wonderful and very friendly! I trust Dr. Travis and Nurse Nussman's professional advice and judgement when it comes to maintaining my health. You will get 100% commitment and compassion from them!

Annual Well Woman Exam

Thoroughness of exam, direct response to questions, professionalism, sincere concern for patient.

Office Visit / Follow-up

Ms. Frey is always friendly and takes the time to listen and address all concerns. I feel I can openly discuss my health without judgement or negativity. I am thankful for help, knowledege and experience.