Welcome to our practice and congratulations on your pregnancy! Whether this is your first, your fourth, or your 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.
Birth Planning: 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 that you have for your birth experience deserve some attention, some planning and some thought. To accomplish that, you owe it to yourself to learn all you can about the birth process. If you expand your knowledge base around 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; something new to learn. The best – at least the most efficient way – to accomplish this is via professional instruction. The hospitals in our area offer childbirth education classes at no charge. These classes are excellent, yet many of our patients find them lacking the level of detail needed to make informed decisions when planning their birth experience. If you are someone who is perhaps uncertain as to how you envision your birth, or you know you will want significant depth and detail in the answers to your questions, then you would benefit from professional childbirth education. To achieve this, we strongly suggest you contact Birth Matters, a childbirth education company that offers a variety of educational programs including Childbirth, Breastfeeding, Newborn Care, Healing for Birth and VBAC classes, Cloth Diapering 101, Baby Sign Language, and others. They can be reached at 260.415.1176 or birthmatters.com.
We feel so strongly about childbirth preparation and education that we’ve built a monthly 90-minute seminar into our prenatal visit schedule. The birth planning seminar is held the first Tuesday evening of every month for the purpose of discussing all of your questions related to your birth plan. We ask that all of our patients (and any guests they choose to invite) attend this seminar between the 30th and 36th weeks of pregnancy. By that point in your pregnancy you should have completed your childbirth preparation classes and may have a long list of questions for us. Gathering several couples together with similar questions provides a fun way to address common questions as well as an opportunity to learn from each other. It’s an interactive, educational evening so please mark your calendar now and plan to attend. We think it’s very important to your care; equally important as any of your other prenatal visits.
Postpartum Care: 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. As such, we encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to see the Nurse-Midwives for mother/baby visits 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 breast-feeding and well-baby expertise our certified Nurse-Midwives offer.
Circumcision: For families electing to have their sons circumcised, we offer this service in our office. Typically, circumcisions are performed in the hospital, sometimes the day after birth when the infant hasn’t yet started breastfeeding well. Parents often report feeling rushed, but have no alternative. We will perform the procedure in our office, in a relaxed, comforting setting. We use local anesthesia and parents are welcome to be present if they desire. The procedure can be performed anytime during the first several weeks after birth. Please contact us if you have questions about infant circumcision.
Contacting Us: Our goal is that contact with our office should be simple and barrier-free. By calling 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 provider on-call. Should you experience difficulty for some reason and you have an urgent need, you are always free to contact Dr. Stroud directly using his cell phone: 260.450.8878. Our website is fertilityandmidwifery.com. We invite you to visit us there frequently, as it is constantly changing and updating. Finally, please share your thoughts, pictures, and more on our facebook page: facebook.com/stroudobgyn.
Thanks again for trusting us as partners in your pregnancy care. We look forward to making this journey with you.