Meet the Midwife: Kelly Sicoli, CNM
Kelly Sicoli, CNM, is honored to provide holistic and best-evidence midwifery & wellness care for birthing families in Charlottesville, Crozet, Albemarle County and the surrounding areas. Kelly believes that families birth best wherever they feel safest, and is pleased to support those who choose a home birth.
Before starting Charlottesville (C'ville) Midwifery, Kelly practiced for four years at BirthCare and Women's Health, a well-established birth center and home birth practice in Alexandria, VA, serving diverse families of the DC Metro Area. She also previously practiced at Alaska Family Health and Birth Center in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Kelly earned her Master of Science in Nursing (Nurse-Midwifery) from Frontier Nursing University, completing her clinical midwifery training in Fairbanks, Alaska. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Virginia. Before becoming a midwife, Kelly gained experience as a labor & delivery nurse at Holy Family Birth Center in Texas, and at Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville.
Kelly's midwifery practice benefits from ongoing continuing midwifery education, such as studying rebozo techniques with traditional midwives in Mexico, and attending Spinning Babies workshops. Kelly's practice is also informed by her studies of botanical medicine at Sacred Plant Traditions in Charlottesville and Dr Aviva Romm's Herbal Medicine for Women professional training program. Kelly appreciates many of her clients’ desires to engage nutrition, herbalism, and holistic lifestyle choices into their care, and supports their informed decision-making process. Kelly is now a Certified Breastfeeding Specialist and supports families with best practices from Biological Nurturing and the latest in lactation.
In her free time, Kelly enjoys hiking, kayaking and wildcrafting with her family. Both of her sons were born at home with the help of midwives - her first in the Netherlands, and her second, in Charlottesville - experiences that deeply transformed Kelly’s understanding of birth. Her husband is a professor of anthropology and linguistics at the University of Virginia, and very supportive of Kelly's midwifery path.
Kelly is board-certified through the American Midwifery Certification Board, and licensed in Virginia as a nurse practitioner, specialty nurse-midwife, with prescriptive authority. She also serves as a clinical instructor for University of Virginia nursing students, as well as a preceptor for midwifery students. Kelly is an active member of the American College of Nurse Midwives and the Virginia Midwives Alliance, and stays current in Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) certification, American Heart Association Basic Life Support, and peer review.
Kelly started Charlottesville Midwifery so she would be able to develop close relationships with clients, in a way only possible with a solo practitioner. Kelly looks forward to partnering with each client and family - through the cycle of childbearing & beyond.