Welcome to our practice, and congratulations on your pregnancy!
Whether this is your first, fourth, or fifteenth pregnancy, we know that you are excited and we share your excitement. It is an honor to have the opportunity to play a small part in the birth of your child, and we feel privileged that you have selected the Fertility and Midwifery Care Center to be your partner in childbirth care. We look forward to getting to know you and your family better in the weeks and months ahead, and to help you achieve the birth experience you desire.
About Our Care Center
We utilize what is known as an integrated model of obstetrical care. It is unique in the region and something about which we are very proud. Our model allows you to benefit from the very best that Obstetricians and Nurse-Midwives have to offer.
Unlike most practices that have both Obstetricians and Nurse-Midwives, we don’t utilize an “either/or” approach to your care, but rather a “both/and” approach. Through this integrated model of care, our team of providers will work together with you through your prenatal visits, your labor, your birth, and your postpartum care. It is our preference that you alternate appointments between providers so that, by the end of your pregnancy, you will feel equally comfortable with everyone on the team.
It would be very common, in our model, for Drs. Stroud, Stalling, or Bauer and one of the nurse-midwives to be present at your birth. As providers working together, we can offer our patients and their families much more than we could separately.
While it’s possible to have the perfect wedding where everything goes exactly as dreamed without any planning, the probability of that is rather low – and most brides wouldn’t leave such an important day to chance. The same is true of your birth. The desires you have for your birth experience deserve attention, planning, and thought.
You owe it to yourself to learn all you can about the birth process. By expanding your knowledge of pregnancy and childbirth, you will empower yourself to ask better questions and to make better decisions for you and your baby. Even if this is not your first pregnancy, there is always more to know and something new to learn. A great way to accomplish this is via professional instruction.
Our concern with your well-being doesn’t end with the birth of your child, and as such we offer immediate postpartum care for both you and your baby. We know that if we can identify infant nutritional and breastfeeding challenges quickly, we can prevent more serious conditions from arising.
We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to talk with the Nurse-Midwives for two mother/baby postpartum visits – via phone call at two weeks and in-person at six weeks – following your birth.
It is not our intent to replace the care that your pediatrician or family physician may provide, but rather to supplement that care with the breastfeeding and well-baby expertise our certified Nurse-Midwives offer.
Our goal is to make it easy to contact our office. You can contact us in a variety of ways:
Call us at 260.222.7401
During regular business hours, you will either reach a staff member or our automated attendant, which will present you with several options to address your needs. After hours you may leave a message or select “Option #3” and be connected to the on-call provider.