Our Team

Lifecycle WomanCare features a professional team of Certified Nurse-Midwives, Nurse Practitioners, and Registered Nurses, all of whom are passionate about providing a midwifery model of women’s healthcare that is safe, evidence-based, satisfying, and personal.Believing that the best health outcomes result when women are supported and involved in making decisions about their care, we seek as providers to develop lasting relationships with the women we serve.


We view these relationships and the trust and openness they engender as crucial to providing exemplary healthcare through every stage of a woman’s life.

Midwives & Nurse Practioners

Sarah Appleby-Wineberg, CNM I Certified Nurse-Midwife

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LWC Overview: Sarah provides all aspects of women’s healthcare, including gynecologic care, prenatal and post-partum care, along with attending to women in labor and birth.


Moment of Pride:  Sarah is proud to have attended to four mothers in the birth of their twins.


Fun Fact: Sarah is an avid exerciser, especially cycling and running.

Heather Cates, CNM I Certified Nurse-Midwife

LWC Birthday: 2017





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Lisa Falcone, CRNP | Nurse Practitioner

LWC Birthday: 2007


LWC Overview: Lisa provides well women gynecological care and prenatal care.


Fun Fact: Lisa enjoys hiking – especially exploring woods, mountains, and streams with her two kids – running, yoga, travel, and reading.

Jamesina Harrick, CNM | Certified Nurse-Midwife

LWC Birthday: 2008


LWC Overview: Jamesina performs prenatal, postpartum, and gynecologic office visits, including care and follow up coordination.


Moment of Pride: Helping women take care and control of their health since 1997.


Fun Fact: Jamesina is the mother of her own The Birth Center at LWC-born baby. In her spare time, she practices mindfulness, meditation, yoga, knits, and loves to cook.

Jane Hayden, CNM | Certified Nurse-Midwife

LWC Birthday: 2013


LWC Overview: Jane performs prenatal, postpartum, and gynecologic office visits, as well as attending births.


Moment of Pride: In 2013, Jane presented at the American College of Nurse Midwives conference on research done looking at best practices of midwifery programs in developing countries. Jane experienced traditional midwifery firsthand when she lived and trained for one year in Cuernevaca, Mexico. In one very special month, she helped birth 28 babies in a home-like environment.


Fun Fact: Not only does Jane love listening to live music, but she can even contribute, if a fiddler is needed. She also enjoys the outdoors, oftentimes with her German Shepherd pup in tow.

Francesca Kotey, CNM | Certified Nurse-Midwife

LWC Birthday: 2017


LWC Overview: Francesca performs prenatal, postpartum, and gynecologic office visits, as well as attending births.


Midwife Moment of Pride: Francesca has attended to the birth of 3 sets of twins!


Fun Fact: In her down time, Francesca can be found baking, swimming,  hiking, knitting or biking.



Amy McKeever, PhD, CRNP | Nurse Practitioner

LWC Birthday: 2016


LWC Overview: Amy provides comprehensive women’s healthcare including all aspects of routine and complex gynecological care, contraceptive management, colposcopic evaluation, as well as menopausal management. In addition, she participates in the care of the pregnant clients during the prenatal and postpartum period.


Moment of Pride: Finally obtaining her PhD and teaching future nurses. She maintains an appointment as an Assistant Professor at Villanova University.


Fun Fact: Amy is an avid dog lover -of miniature dashchunds, yogi, gardener, and swimmer!

Autumn Nelson, CNM | Certified Nurse-Midwife

LWC Birthday: 2014


LWC Overview: Autumn focuses not only on catching babies, but also women’s healthcare across the entire lifespan.


Moment of Pride: In 2013, Autumn worked with Home Birth Kauai and treasures the memories of practicing in Hawaii, but the real highlights in her career are each and every birth she witnesses.


Fun Fact: This Philly fan loves spending time with friends and family. In her free time, if she’s not at a local sporting event, you can find Autumn on the hunt for some live music to enjoy with her crew in the city.

Shosh Ruskin, CRNP | Nurse Practitioner

LWC Birthday: 2017


LWC Overview: Shosh provides gynecological, pre-natal and postpartum care for LWC clients. Her expertise is in Family Planning, LGBTQ care, and alternative insemination.


Career Highlight: Prior to moving to the Greater Philadelphia region, Shosh co-founded Fertile Ground, an at home Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) and GYN practice in the Boston Area.


Fun Fact: Shosh is inspired by all things DIY – from crafting to food preservation to baby-making.

Advah Shani, CNM | Certified Nurse-Midwife

LWC Birthday: 2016


LWC Overview: Advah provides gynecologic, prenatal, postpartum, and birth care to LWC clients.









Carol Sudtelgte, CNM | Certified Nurse-Midwife

LWC Birthday: 2013


LWC Overview: Carol handles prenatal and gynecologic office visits and is on-call for labor and birth. She also helps to create the midwives’ schedules.


Moment of Pride: Carol has been helping women discover the attributes of midwifery throughout her career. She is most proud to have established a new practice and introduced midwifery to two hospitals previously lacking in these services. One of her highest honors has been mentoring midwifery students for over twenty years.


Fun Fact: A Minnesotan by birth (and temperament), Carol continues to expand her travels – she recently served on two separate medical missions to Guatemala. She also enjoys keeping chickens, gardening, and spending as much time as possible with her husband at their small lakefront cabin in the Poconos.

Alexandra Wack, CRNP | Nurse Practitioner

LWC Birthday: 2007


LWC Overview: Alexandra provides caring, one-on-one gynecologic care, prenatal care, IUD placement, as well as teaching educational seminars and First Days at Home classes.


Moment of Pride: Alexandra is proud to claim the title as the first ever full-time Nurse Practitioner at LWC (formerly called The Birth Center).


Fun Fact: Not only does this mother of twins serve as a co-leader of a Cadette Girl Scout Troop (yep that’s middle schoolers!), but she also finds the time to take care of her own health and wellness at a trampoline exercise class.

Ruth Wilf, CNM, Ph.D. | Certified Nurse-Midwife

LWC Birthday: 2008


LWC Overview: Ruth performs prenatal, postpartum and gynecologic office visits. She also educates staff on other organization’s childbirth and breastfeeding practices that she works with nationwide.


Moment of Pride: In April 2015, Ruth will be named Health Provider of the Year from Pro-LC. In 2014, Ruth was awarded the Coalition for Improving Maternity Service (CIMS), highest honor for contributions to improving maternity care. Of all her awards and accomplishments since she began her midwifery career in 1974, this one may have meant the most. Ruth volunteers voraciously with organizations dear to her heart CIMS, US Breastfeeding Committee, Pennsylvania Breastfeeding Coalition, and Maternity Care Coalition.


Fun Fact: Ruth loves spending time with her children and grandchildren, traveling, and doing anything outdoors like playing tennis, gardening, bird watching, swimming and walking on the beach, especially on Long Beach Island.

Photo credit for staff pictures: David Harwi. 

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