BELLEVILLE — HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital has added a Midwife Program, in collaboration with Heartland Women’s Healthcare. The midwives are now providing coverage around the clock.
A midwife program provides support to mothers-to-be and their family through several stages of childbirth. Certified Nurse Midwives provide childbirth planning, prenatal care, pregnancy counseling, labor and delivery support, postpartum care and breastfeeding support.
President and CEO Peg Sebastian said: “This is a great addition to our already excellent Mother Child services and will be further enhanced with the opening of our new facility in 2017.”
The midwife team includes:
• Julie Brasel, top left
• Tasha Meyer, top right
• Liz Nolker, center left
• Jennifer Shopinski, center right,
• Shannon Waller, bottom
“This is patient care centered around each woman’s individual needs,” said Desaree Lehr, manager, Mother Child Center. “We want to make sure we are making women comfortable, delivering safe care, and abiding by their wishes for their pregnancy and baby’s birth. So far, we have had very positive responses.”
When women with normal, uncomplicated pregnancies choose a midwife, they receive focused one-on-one communication and care through the entire pregnancy. They are at the mother’s side for support, guidance and health care.
Patients in the Midwife Program have access to HSHS St. Elizabeth’s midwives to answer questions, bring comfort, and if needed, to skillfully deliver a baby. They are available to provide an immediate evaluation if time is of the essence before the patient’s doctor comes in. Collaboration and consultations is ongoing between midwife, physician and hospital OB staff. The program also offers more immediate care for pregnant women in the program who are not in labor. If a mother is concerned about an issue, she can come to St. Elizabeth’s Mother Child Center anytime to see a midwife – even the
middle of the night.
St. Elizabeth’s has private rooms, SSM Health Cardinal Glennon pediatricians available in the newborn nursery and emergency department, a hydrotherapy tub and many more amenities.
For additional information about midwife services, contact Desaree Lehr, manager of Mother Child Center.
— From the Illinois Business Journal