Our nurse-midwives provide care at four office locations: Durham Women’s Clinic (Durham and Brier Creek), Chapel Hill OB/GYN (Chapel Hill and Southpoint) . As CNM’s, we work collaboratively with the Ob/Gyn physicians who practice out of these offices in the office setting and while on call at Duke Regional Hospital. This relationship allows for streamlined coordination of care in a team-based approach both in the office and during any hospitalization. With this collaborative environment we are able to ensure you get the highest level of care you need while guaranteeing medical or technological interventions are used only when necessary.
Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNM’s) are registered nurses with advanced training and education in the art and skill of midwifery. Nurse midwives must complete a training program, most are Master’s prepared, demonstrate clinical competence and pass rigorous certification examination. They also must participate in yearly training and education to maintain certification.
CNM’s are independent healthcare providers who provide care to women throughout their lifespans. Nurse-midwives perform physical exams, prescribe medications including contraceptive methods, order laboratory tests as needed, provide prenatal care, gynecological care, labor and birth care, as well as health education and counseling to women of all ages. All CNM’s are committed to individualized, patient (woman)-centered care and encourage patient involvement in all aspects of health.
For additional information on Nurse Midwifery please see the American College of Nurse-Midwives at www.midwife.org
We’re committed to taking care of you – as your health care provider, mentor, confidant, and friend – in an environment where you can feel safe, heard, and comfortable.
Stacie joined Regional Midwifery in 2017 after completing her training at Frontier Nursing University. She has been in nursing for 16 years, the last 10 of which has been at Duke Regional Hospital in labor and delivery. She earned her BSN at Chamberlin College of Nursing and holds an ADN from Excelsior College in New York. Stacie has loved being a labor and delivery nurse and is looking forward to being able to provide full scope care to all women from adolescence through menopause.
Stacie is most passionate about forming long term relationships with women, providing education on all aspects of health, and discussing family planning options. She especially loves helping women achieve their goals surrounding their birthing experience, while committed to the health and safety of mother and baby.
Stacie is from Southern New Hampshire and now lives in Raleigh with her husband and four children, the youngest of which she delivered with our practice! She spends most of her free time watching children’s sporting events, reading, and when she can—relaxing on the beach.
Amy joined Midwifery at Women’s Health Alliance in December 2016. After completing her BSN at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, she worked for seven years as a labor and delivery nurse at Duke University Medical Center. Through her experiences as a nurse, she became passionate about women’s healthcare and decided to further her career. She attended East Carolina University and graduated with an MS in Midwifery.
Amy is committed to supporting her patients in informed decision making, and recognizes that each woman’s voice is of utmost importance when it comes to her own health needs and those of her baby.
Amy enjoys the outdoors, spending time with family, Pilates, yoga, DIY projects and going to the movies. She lives in Raleigh with her husband John and their two dogs, Grady-White and Skylar.
Sue joined Regional Midwifery in December 2014. She was always aware of womanly ways and use to tell her friends their mothers were pregnant when she was eight.
Sue is a graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso and the Thomason University of Health Sciences.
A native of the upper peninsula of Michigan, she became a world traveler while completing a career in the United States Army Nurse Corps. Her team building attributes include an acumen of flexibility, love of the scientific process, and diversity of thought.
Leigh Ann Joel
Leigh Ann joined Regional Midwifery in March 2012, and describes her career as a calling and knew when she was nine years old that she wanted to deliver babies. She completed her BSN at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1991, and worked as an L&D, and Women’s Health RN and childbirth educator until she graduated from Baystate Medical Center’s Nurse Midwifery Education program in Springfield, MA in 1999.
Leigh Ann practiced full-scope midwifery in Florida before moving to Durham in 2007. She worked in Chapel Hill at Women’s Birth and Wellness Center; a freestanding birth center, caring for low-risk women who desire out-of-hospital birth. Leigh Ann has learned many tricks and alternatives for pregnancy discomforts and for helping babies out. She also has extensive experience with breastfeeding support. With the midwifery model of care, she enjoys providing personalized care, and empowering women to make their own informed choices in childbirth. Leigh Ann enjoys seeing the families she supports in her own community.
She enjoys spending time with family, food, coffee, dance, and Broadway.
Mary Ellen Lowry
MSN, CNM, CLC
Mary Ellen is a native of Raleigh, NC. She received her Bachelors in Nursing from Lenoir-Rhyne College in 1995. Mary Ellen worked as a nurse at Frye Regional Hospital in women’s health including the special care nursery, labor and delivery, and as a certified lactation consultant.
She attended State University of New York @ Stony Brook and graduated in 2002 with a MS in Midwifery and has worked as a Certified Nurse Midwife with Women’s Care Specialists in Lenoir, NC and the midwives’ practice at Duke University prior to joining DWC in 2008.
Mary Ellen Lowry’s philosophy of midwifery grew out of the birth to each of her four children. She believes birth should be an empowering life event. She loves seeing patients for their prenatal care and then continuing to see them for their well-woman care for the many years that follow. Her children and nine grandchildren are her greatest accomplishment.
MSN, CNM, IBCLC, LCCE
Cara joined Regional Midwifery in 2015. Prior to this, she worked as a labor and delivery nurse in Anchorage, Alaska. She is from Monroe, NC.
Cara is a nursing graduate of Carolinas College of Health Sciences in Charlotte, NC. She obtained a BSN at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Her Nurse-Midwifery education was completed through the University of Cincinnati while training under nurse midwives in Anchorage.
Cara appreciates each relationship she makes. She is committed to supporting and educating women as well as providing individualized care. She loves to welcome new patients to the practice for well woman, family planning and pregnancy. She is a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, Centering Pregnancy facilitator and has specialized training in breastfeeding.