The birth of a baby is special, and with each birth comes unique experiences. Shannon and Scott Baldwin of Mt. Pleasant discovered this first hand. The couple already had knowledge of what to expect from the experience with their first child, Landon, but the arrival of their second son, Noah, had some differences.
One unique aspect for Noah is that his actual birthday only comes around every four years. Making his debut into the world at 12:02 a.m. on February 29, 2016, Noah James Baldwin earned the title of Henry County Health Center’s Leap Year baby, weighing in at 6 lbs. 15 oz. and measuring 19” long. The other unique part of the Baldwin family’s experience that differed from their first child is that they used the services of the certified nurse-midwives at HCHC.
“The doctor who delivered Landon no longer delivers babies, so we decided to receive care from HCHC’s certified nurse-midwives. We saw both Kendra Bonnesen and Kari Payne throughout the pregnancy and we were very pleased with the care,” said Shannon.
Scott admitted that he was hesitant to switch providers as they had a positive experience with the first pregnancy and physician. But the certified nurse-midwives proved to be an exceptional experience and they felt comfortable with their choice.
“Having female healthcare providers was a positive for me personally. I felt that since both women had kids themselves that they could really relate to me,” commented Shannon. “We also never felt rushed in appointments. We had so much one-on-one time, and Kari and Kendra answered all our questions giving us handouts with information that helped to answer our questions. The other benefit is that Dr. Robert Smith, HCHC’s obstetrician/gynecologist, was always right there if they needed him.”
The couple noted that the two birth experiences were quite different. With Landon the overall labor and delivery was more difficult than Shannon had imagined it would be. With Noah, the Baldwins had a set birth plan with defined goals and they were able to follow that plan. Despite some differences in the birth experiences between the two siblings, the thing that was consistent was the care received in the Maternity Services Department.
“The department is so positive. Everyone is so friendly and the nurses would get us anything we needed. Because of the nature of Maternity Services bringing new life into the world, it’s such an uplifting department during such a happy time in people’s lives,” explained Shannon.
Baldwins highly recommend HCHC’s Maternity Services for the quality healthcare they received and some other important reasons.
“Noah came so fast. We were so thankful that HCHC was close because otherwise he may have been born in the car,” Shannon and Scott laughed. “The other advantage of receiving care locally was the ease of making appointments and the ability to work around our work schedules. The familiar faces were also nice; it brought comfort to us knowing that we know these people caring for us.”
HCHC’s Women’s Health Services
At HCHC, Dr. Robert Smith, board certified obstetrician/gynecologist, Kendra Bonnesen, ARNP, FNP, CNM, and Kari Payne, ARNP, CNM, offer women’s health services for all ages and stages of women’s health.
Dr. Smith offers health services in women’s health, obstetrics, gynecology, urogynecology (specialty in urinary incontinence), and pelvic reconstructive surgery. Kendra and Kari are advanced registered nurse practitioners and certified nurse-midwives, and Kendra is also a family nurse practitioner. They offer a broad range of services for women of all ages throughout life, including gynecologic health services, contraception and natural family planning options, prenatal care focused on patient and family education, labor and birth management, postpartum care and education, lactation counseling, breastfeeding support and care, newborn care in hospital and after discharge, and menopausal and postmenopausal care.
Office hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1 p.m.-5 p.m. To schedule appointments, call 319-385-6770.