Moving to the Mt. Pleasant community just three months before their baby was due put Monica and Ronnie Giles in a unique situation. They needed to find a healthcare provider who could take care of Monica and their unborn baby immediately. And they needed peace of mind in their decision.
The couple determined that Henry County Health Center’s Certified Nurse-Midwives Kari Payne and Kendra Bonnesen were the right choice for their healthcare needs. However, this was a significant decision because even though the Giles have other children, they had no previous exposure to certified nurse-midwives. Since this was their first experience, they were uncertain of the full scope of care the midwives could provide.
Certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) have advanced nursing degrees, master’s level or above, and are board certified through the American Midwifery Certification Board. CNMs focus on partnering with women to provide unique, individualized care throughout all ages and stages of life. CNMs specialize in pregnancy, labor and birth, and also provide general healthcare to women, gynecologic services, family planning, and newborn care.
“The experience with Kari and Kendra was awesome. If I needed anything I could get right in to see them. One of them was always here, and they would call me personally,” said Monica.
“At other hospitals where our children were delivered, there was often a team of doctors and you didn’t ever know who would deliver your baby. But at HCHC there are two midwives we developed a relationship with and we knew that one of them would be in the delivery room when the time came to deliver Shadow. It was so beneficial for peace of mind and it was so much more comfortable,” explained Ronnie.
Also important for peace of mind was the fact that Robert Smith, M.D., HCHC’s board certified obstetrician/gynecologist, was available in case an emergent situation arose that needed his expertise. In addition to the positive labor and delivery, the Giles were pleased with the nurses who cared for them in the Maternity Services Department. To top off the positive experience, Shadow was HCHC’s first baby of 2017, and was showered with New Year’s baby gifts from the HCHC Auxiliary.
“The OB nurses were great. They always asked if Monica needed anything and checked on Shadow frequently. The same can be said for Kari. She was always right there before delivery and during,” commented Ronnie with Monica in agreement. “We would recommend going to Kari and Kendra. We felt like we really knew them, and we knew who would be in the delivery room which was great because we had a relationship established with them.”
Pictured is Shadow LaYne Giles, son of Ronnie and Monica Giles of Mt. Pleasant, HCHC’s first baby born in 2017. Shadow was born at 4:31 p.m. on Tuesday, January 3, 2017. He weighed 7 lbs. 9 oz. and was 18” long. Pictured are (l-r): Ronnie, sisters Jocelyn and Abagail, Monica and Shadow.