LAKE CITY, Minn. — With a new Obstetrics (OB) Shared Care Program being implemented at Mayo Clinic Health System on June 1, 2015, women can expect to receive most of their pregnancy care and checkups following baby’s birth close to home.
Clinics in Cannon Falls, Ellsworth, Lake City, Plainview, Red Wing, Wabasha and Zumbrota offer many provider options for prenatal care including Family Medicine, OB/GYN and Midwifery. When it’s time to deliver the baby, women have access to seamless, safe and specialized care at The BirthPlace in Red Wing. Follow up care for mom and baby is available locally, too.
“Many expectant moms tell us they look for convenience, safety and personalized care when choosing a provider for their OB care. Our model really offers the best of both worlds. We offer the convenience of having most of the checkups and tests during pregnancy and after baby is born locally. Our nearby birthing center in Red Wing has highly trained staff and OB/GYN physicians who help ensure a safe delivery. In most instances, labor and delivery go smoothly but unexpected complications do arise where a higher level of care is needed,” says Tom Witt, M.D., CEO, Mayo Clinic Health System in Cannon Falls, Lake City and Red Wing. “Staff at our local clinics and The BirthPlace also strive to get to know our expectant moms and their wishes so that each woman can receive exactly the care she wants and needs.”
The BirthPlace has four OB/GYN physicians who deliver babies. In addition, several Family Medicine physicians will continue to deliver babies in Red Wing including Dennis Spano, M.D. and Randy Foss, M.D. from Lake City, Ryan Kelly, M.D. from Red Wing, and Eric Poulin, M.D. from Zumbrota.
Dr. Witt says the new OB Shared Care Program also expands education and lactation support. All Mayo Clinic Health System patients who are expecting will have access to childbirth education which includes an introduction to pregnancy, labor support, sibling and grandparent support, postpartum care for mom and newborn, lactation, nutrition, and perinatal loss and grieving support. Most of the education will be offered in Red Wing as well as online. Patients will also have around-the-clock access to certified lactation counselors or consultants. They will receive a one-on-one consult while at The BirthPlace and within 72 hours of discharge. Patients will also be able to make appointments anytime while breastfeeding. Patients can also participate in postpartum classes offered in Red Wing which include lactation support. A breastfeeding support group called the Lake City Area Baby Café is open every Wednesday from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Lake City Public Library meeting room.
Additionally, Emily Linklater, D.O. and Jana Brand, a certified nurse practitioner, recently began offering OB/GYN services in Lake City and Wabasha. Kathryn Gruenwald, M.D. and Megan Beck, a certified nurse practitioner, offer OB/GYN care in Cannon Falls. They’re available to see patients independently and also serve as an excellent specialty resource to share care with local Family Medicine providers.
“We’re happy to note also that in the coming months, patients who have previously had a Cesarean delivery may be able to have a trial of labor after cesarean (TOLAC) at The BirthPlace in Red Wing. Many patients want this service in hopes of having a vaginal birth after a cesarean (VBAC),” adds Dr. Witt.
Patients interested in scheduling a prenatal consult or appointment with a Family Medicine provider or an OB/GYN provider can contact the clinic that best fits their needs.
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