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

1W4A1022m1LWC Birthday: 2015

 

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

 

 

Sheila Deniken, CNM I Certified Nurse-Midwife

LWC Birthday: 2015

 

LWC Overview: Sheila provides all aspects of women’s healthcare, including gynecologic care, and guides each woman through the pregnancy process: prenatal, birth & post-partum.

 

Moment of Pride:  Becoming a Certified Nurse-Midwife was the realization of a 20 year-long goal – she’ll never forget the moment her best friend & former midwife bless her hands at the Completion Ceremony with her family watching.

 

Fun Fact: Sheila is a Fitness Instructor on the side! She completed her first duathlon at the age of 41.

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.

Gazelle Lange, RN, CNM | Certified Nurse-Midwife

LWC Birthday: 2003

 

LWC Overview: Gazelle provides well woman gynecological care and especially enjoys the challenge of peri – and post-menopausal women. She also gives care during a woman’s pregnancy; assisting women and their families through labor, birth, and the follow-up care.

 

Moment of Pride: Working at LWC will always be a highlight of her career and her life – she finds the supportive family atmosphere unlike any other practice at which she has worked. Her wish is that more women in this country will recognize this level of care is available and take advantage of services provided by organizations like LWC.

 

Fun Fact: One of Gazelle’s other most successful and rewarding experiences was co-founding Womankind, a non-profit woman’s health center in Key West, FL, with which she is still involved. She finds balance in life through time spent in nature, organic gardening and by crafting – crochet, applique, beadwork, and embroidery. Every extra penny goes to plane tickets for her and Quint, her husband of 34 years, to travel to see their grandchildren (born at The Birth Center at LWC).

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.

 

Moon Smith, CNM | Certified Nurse-Midwife

LWC Birthday: 2014

 

LWC Overview: Moon provides women’s healthcare including gynecologic healthcare, prenatal and postpartum care.

 

Moment of Pride:  Moon has attended over 800 births – some of those were two generations within the same families!

 

Fun fact: In her spare time, Moon likes to study Qi Gong and practice meditation.

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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