Meet Our Midwives

Virtua Midwives

The Midwifery Birth & Wellness Center is a non-profit, freestanding birth center. Our team provides individualized, evidence-based, and comprehensive care throughout the lifespan. This includes midwifery-led pregnancy, birth, gynecologic, and wellness care. We are dedicated to providing ALL individuals compassionate, respectful, and empowering care.

As a midwife-led practice, we offer an evidence-based approach to pregnancy and gynecological health through shared decision-making and individualized, compassionate care. We consider it a privilege to be your trusted partner through some of the most memorable and important moments in your life. 

Our certified nurse midwives include: 

Meet Our Midwives

Virtua Midwife Karen McEvoy Shields

Get to Know Karen McEvoy Shields Nurse Midwife, CNM, MSN

Meet Karen McEvoy Shields, a Virtua midwife with more than 25 years of experience and who has caught more than 3,000 babies, at the Midwifery Birth & Wellness Center.

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Virtua Midwife Kamil El

Get to Know Midwife Kamil El, DNP, MEd, CNM

Meet Kamil El, a midwife experienced in community birth, at Virtua's Midwifery Birth and Wellness Center.

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Virtua Midwife Emily DePenning

Get to Know Midwife Emily De Penning, MSN, CNM, WHNP-BC

Meet Certified Nurse Midwife Emily De Penning, a passionate community health advocate, at the Midwifery Birth & Wellness Center.

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Robin Hewlett, CNM

Get to Know Midwife Robin Hewlett, CNM

Meet certified nurse midwife, Robin Hewlett, CNM, who has a passion for supporting her patients’ midwifery journey at the Midwifery Birth & Wellness Center.

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Schedule an Appointment

Call 856-247-7440 to schedule an appointment with a Virtua midwife. 

We're looking forward to getting to know you. 


If you are a current patient who is scheduled to give birth at the Midwifery Birth & Wellness Center, and you are in active labor, please call 856-247-7440.
Virtua Medical Group

Virtua Midwifery - Voorhees

165 Route 73, Suite A
Voorhees, NJ 08043

Phone: 856-341-8474

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Virtua Midwifery - Sicklerville-th

Virtua Midwifery - Sicklerville

100 Independence Blvd., Suite 100
Sicklerville, NJ 08081

Phone: 856-341-8474

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The Midwifery Birth & Wellness Blog


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Physiologic, or natural, labor and birth emphasizes an unrushed, supported process. Karen McEvoy Shields, certified nurse midwife at Virtua Midwifery, explains the advantages.

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Midwives make education a big part of each prenatal visit, but also suggest prenatal classes to help you prepare for birth, breastfeeding, and newborn care. See what you can expect.

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Your Voice is What Matters Most When Looking for GYN and Pregnancy Care

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