Midwives in Chapel Hill, Durham, Raleigh and the Research Triangle, North Carolina
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Expecting a Baby?

Are you planning on getting pregnant or expecting a baby?

Honoring Your Birth Experience

Many expectant mothers want a provider who offers a more personal approach to having a baby. Our certified nurse-midwives establish a close relationship with our patients and their families.

Empowering Women

Do you want to have choices and feel empowered throughout your birth experience?

Empowering Women

Women come to our offices at Brier Creek, Chapel Hill and/or Durham to see our midwives for all prenatal care visits. When it comes time to deliver, we oversee all births at Duke Regional Hospital.

We Listen

Would you like to work with caring and nurturing health providers who listen to you?

We Listen

In addition to midwifery, our collaboration with WHA Chapel Hill and WHA Durham allows us to provide a wide range of medical care.  We work closely with other practitioners and specialists to ensure a comprehensive approach to patients’ overall well being.
Group Prenatal Care

Would you like to meet like-minded women in a small group setting and talk over your questions and concerns?

Group Prenatal Care

CenteringPregnancy® is an exciting way for women and their families to get prenatal care. Women spend more time with their healthcare provider and with other pregnant women.  Our patients learn far more about pregnancy, childbirth and parenting than they ever expected.

Modern Midwives

If you answered YES to any of these questions, then meet the midwives of Women's Health Alliance!

Modern Midwives

Nurse-midwives are trained and capable of providing individualized care during pregnancy and birth; with or without medications and anesthesia.

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Introducing Midwifery at Women’s Health Alliance

Durham Women’s Clinic and Chapel Hill OB/GYN join together in this practice to offer midwifery care.



Our mission is to provide the most comprehensive midwifery care in the Triangle Area for expectant mothers and women planning on pregnancy. Our offices are conveniently located in Chapel Hill, Durham and the Brier Creek area of Raleigh.

We are certified nurse-midwives and health care professionals. Your well being and the health of your baby is our first priority. Our second priority is helping you design the birth that best fits your needs and requirements.

Whether this is your first pregnancy or fifth, there will be a number of decisions to make along the way to your birth day. We will help you sort out your options and explore solutions to those aspects of your pregnancy and birth that are unique to you. Our team is flexible and prepared to support and honor the choices you make.

Medications are optional and available as needed, but they certainly are not required. We also have experience working with doula services, if that is your preference.

Midwifery at WHA is here and thriving. We are backed by a full staff of OB/GYN physicians who will also be available at your baby’s birth at The Birth Place at Duke Regional Hospital. We look forward to serving you or someone you love!

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Midwifery at Women’s Health Alliance Offers You…

Midwifery Care

We believe that pregnancy and birth are a normal process in a woman’s life. We guide you and your family through pregnancy, labor and delivery, as well as helpful preparation for parenting. Our midwives also provide preventive well-woman care to women seeking gynecological care throughout their lifetime.

Peace of mind

Women’s Health Alliance has physicians on call with our midwives 24 hours a day. Both the midwives and the physicians of WHA are up to date on the condition and status of each patient.

Modern midwives

Nurse-midwives have been practicing in the U.S. since the 1920s. Today, certified nurse-midwives are registered nurses who have graduated from a nurse-midwifery masters-degree program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME) and have passed a national certification exam.

“We thank the Midwives at WHA for making our delivery the special and perfect experience that it was.”

— Hill Family

“The midwives were wonderful. I know that our experience was so pleasant because they helped us feel so relaxed. Thank you for your support and expertise.”

— Kelley & Hak Ung, Chapel Hill, NC
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Why Choose Midwifery at WHA?

  • Our work is our life’s passion.
  • We are backed by caring and supportive doctors who give both us and our patients an added measure of security.
  • We have years of midwifery experience (individual and combined).
  • Our patients give birth at Duke Regional Hospital which is convenient to our Brier Creek, Chapel Hill and Durham locations.
  • Because Duke Regional Hospital is a community hospital, you receive the most personalized care available.
  • You can benefit from the streamlined health care services of a nurse midwife even if you don’t plan on having a baby.
  • We offer free consultations and often same-day appointments. It is likely that we can see you today, if that is what you would like! (Brier Creek office only.)
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Facts About Midwives and Midwifery

Fact: Most Certified Nurse Midwives work in hospitals. Our midwives attend births at Duke Regional Hospital in Durham, NC. Some midwives attend home births, some midwives work at birthing centers apart from hospitals.

Fact: The midwives of WHA work with a team of doctors who are on call 24/7 in case additional safety measures are required.

Fact: Using a midwife does not preclude the use of medications. Our midwives will help you have a medication free birth if that is what you seek. If you need pain relief measures, intravenous pain medicine and epidurals are available.

Fact: Though there are varying levels of midwives in the United States, our midwives are certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) who:

  • have at least a bachelor’s degree and may have a master’s or doctoral degree
  • have completed both nursing and midwifery training
  • have passed exams to become certified and have fulfilled state licensing requirements

Fact: Midwives are covered by most insurance plans.

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Your Birth Story

The day you give birth is one of the most memorable events of your life. No matter how easy nor how difficult the delivery may be, it can be a life changing process not only for yourself but also for those closest to you. Writing a birth story is a way to preserve and to clarify these events. Read More….

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Our Partner Hospital

The Birth Place at Duke Regional Hospital

As we all know, the best things come in small packages, and Duke Regional Hospital has been helping to deliver them for more than 30 years. Their experienced team is ready to assist our midwives and doctors with the pampering of mom, dad and baby.
  • Eight labor and delivery suites, four with whirlpool tubs
  • 29 private Mother/Baby rooms
  • Lightweight, cordless, waterproof fetal and maternal monitors to provide mothers with greater freedom of movement during labor and more flexibility in choice of birthing positions
  • An 18-bed level II Special Care Nursery
  • A strict infant security system
  • A hospital-based anesthesia team available 24 hours a day
  • Two operating rooms and two recovery rooms within the Labor and Delivery Unit when C-sections are necessary
You will receive the exceptional care and special touches found only at a community hospital that is part of a world-class health system. At Duke Regional Hospital, thousands of babies are delivered each year, but when you are there, you and your baby are their top priority.

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Prenatal care in groups

CenteringPregnancy® is an exciting way for women and their families to get prenatal care. Women spend more time with their health care provider and with other pregnant women, which gives them a chance to learn a lot more about pregnancy, childbirth and parenting. Check-ups, support and education all take place in a group setting.
  • Imagine…having 90 minutes to spend with your healthcare provider at each visit.
  • Imaginebecoming friends with other expectant moms as you meet together for seven months.
  • Imagine…going for your prenatal check-up and beginning your appointment exactly on time.
  • Imagine….learning to take better care of yourself and your family.
  • Imagine CenteringPregnancy®
  • Learn about your baby, your body, childbirth and parenting
  • Join other expectant moms, partners and support people to discuss pregnancy problems and solutions with in a group setting or informally over refreshments.
  • Track your baby’s growth and your own pregnancy progress

More About CenteringPregnancy®...

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Meet The Midwives of Women’s Health Alliance

Brier Creek, Chapel Hill, and Durham, North Carolina


Cheryl Carroll


Cheryl Carroll’s midwifery experience could easily fill an entire book. Cheryl has many decades of remarkable accomplishments in the field of midwifery, labor, delivery and patient care.
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Sue Holliday


Sue Holliday’s has realized her dream to honor women as a Certified Nurse Midwife. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso and the Thomason University of Health Sciences.
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Leigh Ann Joel


Leigh Ann joined Midwifery at Women’s Health Alliance in March 2012, and we have yet another certified nurse midwife who describes her career as a calling.
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Mary Ellen Lowry


Mary Ellen Lowry’s awareness of midwifery happened entirely by chance. When she was having her first of four children, she was seeing a physician group that had midwives.
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Cara Wolf


Cara joined Midwifery at WHA in January 2015 and will be practicing at all three of our locations: Chapel Hill, Durham and Raleigh, NC. She is a nursing graduate of Carolinas College of Health Sciences and completed her BSN at the University of Alaska Anchorage.
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WHA Offers a Full Range of OB/GYN Services

Caring for women at all stages of their lives

Midwifery at Women’s Health Alliance originated from the firmly held belief by the OB/GYN doctors at Women’s Health Alliance Chapel Hill and Durham that excellence of care for their patients meant making all avenues of care easily accessible and available to each and every patient. Midwifery is commonly known to be an alternate form of birth care for mothers and their families who want to have an additional measure of control over their birth experience. These women also appreciate the extra dose of nurturing they receive when they use a midwife for their prenatal care and low risk birth.

We attend to most OB/GYN needs for teenagers, young women, women planning childbirth, pre and post-menopausal women and seniors. If we can’t address a more complex health issue ourselves, we have consultants at our fingertips.

Our patients have the best of both worlds: certified nurse midwives who are on call and available 24 hours/7 days a week, and OB/GYN doctors from two of the oldest women’s health care medical practices in Chapel Hill and Durham, NC. With our new satellite office in Brier Creek near Raleigh, NC, we’re convenient to most Research Triangle Park area residents.

Please make an appointment today to meet in person with one of our certified nurse midwives, to see for yourself how our outstanding health care offerings will enhance your life.

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Meet the Physicians and P.A. of Women’s Health Alliance

WHA Chapel Hill

Pat R. Chappell, M.D.
Joshua L. Hardison, M.D.
Ann E Miller, M.D.

WHA Durham

Dr-Ankita-Desai Nick-Shreiber
Ankita Deasai, M.D.
Frank Frenduto, M.D.
Barrett Gunter, M.D.
Nicolette Schreiber, M.D.
Michele Kessler, P.A.-C
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Midwifery at WHA Chapel Hill

120 Conner Drive, Suite 101
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Direct Line: 919-942-8571
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Midwifery at WHA Durham

209 East Carver Street
Durham, NC 27704
Direct Line: 919-471-2273
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Midwifery at WHA Brier Creek

8851 Ellstree Lane
Raleigh NC 27617
Direct Line: 919-914-9000

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