Promise Community Health Center prenatal care team

Promise Community Health Center prenatal care team
Clinical assistant/interpreter Ruth Hernandez, certified nurse midwives Pam Hulstein and Belinda Lassen, and registered nurse Kari Ney make up Promise Community Health Center's prenatal care team.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Meet one of our Promise Babies: Wesley!


Wesley Tillmon, son of Morgan and Josh Smith of Akron, SD, was born 5:39 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, in his home, weighing 7 pounds and measuring 21 inches. He has two siblings, Leighton, 3, and Walker, 1.

Certified nurse midwife Pam Hulstein of Promise Community Health Center in Sioux Center, IA, provided the prenatal care for the family throughout the pregnancy and attended the home birth.


This was Morgan's first experience working with a midwife and having home birth.

"The care of the midwife is completely different," she said. "It feels a lot more personal and gentle in the way care is provided. It felt very comfortable to ask as many questions as I wanted to. I didn't feel rushed. I felt listened to. I felt I had options to choose from. The home birth felt very comfortable and natural. Everything was at our pace instead of someone else's. The care in our home was amazing."

Morgan and Josh Smith, along with their older children,
Walker, 1, and Leighton, 3, welcomed baby Wesley into
their family on Friday, Jan. 13. He was born in their
home in Akron, SD, with the assistance of midwife
Pam Hulstein of Promise Community Health Center.

Baby Wesley
Promise Community Health Center of Sioux Center is the only Federally Qualified Health Center serving the far northwest corner of Iowaand beyond. To learn more about Promise's midwifery team and prenatal services, visit www.promisechc.org/services/prenatal.aspx. For more tips and advice on various topics from Promise's midwifery team and baby announcements, visit promisechcmidwives.blogspot.com.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Meet one of our Promise Babies: Zev!


Zev Alexander, son of Brittany and Jeremy Gerdeman of Lake Park, IA, was born 2:12 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, in his home, weighing 7 pounds, 2 ounces, and measuring 20 1/2 inches. He has three siblings, Bianca, 8; Seraphina, 6; and Jaxzen, 2.

Certified nurse midwife Pam Hulstein of Promise Community Health Center in Sioux Center, IA, provided the prenatal care for the family throughout the pregnancy and attended the home birth.


This was Brittany's first home-birth experience.

"It was great," she said. "It was very personal and hands-on. We were so excited to deliver at home. It would be something we would do again."

Photo:
Brittany and Jeremy Gerdeman welcomed baby Zev
into the family on Sunday, Jan. 8. He was born in
their home in Lake Park, IA, with the assistance of
midwife Pam Hulstein of Promise Community Health
Center. Two of Zev's three siblings, Jaxzen, 2, and
Seraphina, 6, join in the family photo.

Photo:
Baby Zev
Promise Community Health Center of Sioux Center is the only Federally Qualified Health Center serving the far northwest corner of Iowaand beyond. To learn more about Promise's midwifery team and prenatal services, visit www.promisechc.org/services/prenatal.aspx. For more tips and advice on various topics from Promise's midwifery team and baby announcements, visit promisechcmidwives.blogspot.com.


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Meet one of our Promise Babies: Bella!


Bella Ruby, daughter of Sarah and Eric Bautista of Inwood, IA, was born 5 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, in her home, weighing 7 pounds, 8 ounces, and measuring 20 inches. She has a brother, Oliver, 6.

Certified nurse midwife Belinda Lassen of Promise Community Health Center in Sioux Center, IA, provided the prenatal care for the family throughout the pregnancy and attended the home birth. Nurse Kari Ney also assisted with the birth.


Sarah received midwifery care from Belinda with her previous child, but this was her first home birth.

"I would definitely do it this way again," she said. "Recovery time was faster. I felt better right away. I liked that I could walk around and do whatever and not be tied to a bed."

Sarah Bautista holds her baby, Bella.
She and her husband, Eric, welcomed
baby Bella into their family on Saturday,
Jan. 14. She was born in their Inwood home
with the assistance of midwife Belinda Lassen
of Promise Community Health Center.

Baby Bella

Promise Community Health Center of Sioux Center is the only Federally Qualified Health Center serving the far northwest corner of Iowaand beyond. To learn more about Promise's midwifery team and prenatal services, visit www.promisechc.org/services/prenatal.aspx. For more tips and advice on various topics from Promise's midwifery team and baby announcements, visit promisechcmidwives.blogspot.com.


Friday, January 13, 2017

Meet one of our Promise Babies: Kervin!


Kervin, son of Leonard Jr. and Renee Decker of rural Canton, SD, was born 12:22 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, in his home, weighing 8 pounds, 8 ounces, and measuring 22 inches. He has three siblings, Kayden, 6; Kirsten, 5; and Keanna, 2.

Certified nurse midwife Pam Hulstein of Promise Community Health Center in Sioux Center, IA, provided the prenatal care for the family throughout the pregnancy and attended the home birth. Nurse Kari Ney also assisted with the birth.


Renee has had home births with midwives for all of her children, but she especially appreciated the experience this time with the midwife team from Promise.

"They had a more hands-on approach," she said. "They helped out throughout labor. I liked that. I liked the way that they worked with me."


Leonard Jr. and Renee Decker welcomed baby
Kervin into their family on Sunday, Nov. 6. He
was born in their home in rural Canton, SD,
with the assistance of midwife Pam Hulstein
of Promise Community Health Center.


Baby Kervin


Promise Community Health Center of Sioux Center is the only Federally Qualified Health Center serving the far northwest corner of Iowaand beyond. To learn more about Promise's midwifery team and prenatal services, visit www.promisechc.org/services/prenatal.aspx. For more tips and advice on various topics from Promise's midwifery team and baby announcements, visit promisechcmidwives.blogspot.com.


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Meet one of our Promise Babies: Norah!


Norah Grace, daughter of Tim and Janel McFarland of Spencer, IA, was born 5:16 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, in her home, weighing 9 pounds, 3 ounces, and measuring 23 inches. She has two siblings, Aubrey, 5, and William, 1.

Certified nurse midwife Belinda Lassen of Promise Community Health Center in Sioux Center, IA, provided the prenatal care for the family throughout the pregnancy and attended the home birth. Nurse Kari Ney also assisted with the birth.


It was Janel's second home-birth experience under the guidance of Belinda.

"I feel blessed that home birth was an option for me and that we have that option in northwest Iowa," Janel said. "I couldn't have asked for better care. Belinda and Kari are wonderful to work with. I couldn't have asked for a better birth experience with both Norah and William. It was a huge blessing for us."

Janel McFarland holds her baby, Norah.
She and her husband, Tim, welcomed baby
Norah into their family on Saturday, Dec. 31.
She was born in their Spencer home with the
assistance of midwife Belinda Lassen of Promise
Community Health Center of Sioux Center.
Baby Norah

Promise Community Health Center of Sioux Center is the only Federally Qualified Health Center serving the far northwest corner of Iowaand beyond. To learn more about Promise's midwifery team and prenatal services, visit www.promisechc.org/services/prenatal.aspx. For more tips and advice on various topics from Promise's midwifery team and baby announcements, visit promisechcmidwives.blogspot.com.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Meet one of our Promise Babies: Shane!


Shane Phillip, son of Kevin and Miriam Decker of rural Canton, SD, was born 11:58 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 29, in his home, weighing 7 pounds, 10 ounces, and measuring 20 1/2 inches. He has four siblings, Benjamin, 7; Nevaeh, 5; Jaina, 3, and Evangeline, 2.

Certified nurse midwife Pam Hulstein of Promise Community Health Center in Sioux Center, IA, provided the prenatal care for the family throughout the pregnancy and attended the home birth.

Kevin and Miriam Decker welcomed baby Shane into
their family on Thursday, Dec. 29. He was born in
their home in rural Canton, SD, with the assistance
of midwife Pam Hulstein of Promise Community
Health Center of Sioux Center.

Baby Shane

Promise Community Health Center of Sioux Center is the only Federally Qualified Health Center serving the far northwest corner of Iowaand beyond. To learn more about Promise's midwifery team and prenatal services, visit www.promisechc.org/services/prenatal.aspx. For more tips and advice on various topics from Promise's midwifery team and baby announcements, visit promisechcmidwives.blogspot.com.




Friday, January 6, 2017

Happy New Year from Promise's midwifery team!


Happy New Year from the Promise Community Health Center midwives!

Our 2016 was a busy, exciting year! We are thrilled to continue to grow and provide a wonderful midwifery model of health care for our community.

We want to thank the 158 women who chose Promise for their prenatal care in 2016. Of these, 46 women (29 percent) selected the home-birth option. That was a 44 percent increase from 2015. We thank these incredible families for allowing us to be a part of their birthing experience!

We want to challenge you in 2017: If you have never experienced midwife care, make this the year you discover the difference! You matter, and your desires are important to us! In addition to prenatal and initial infant care, we offer well-woman exams, pre-conception counseling, fertility counseling and peri-menopausal care.

We offer a heartfelt thank you to all those who have stepped out of the traditional care box and experienced what midwifery care has to offer. Thank you to those who have chosen Promise’s midwives for their care in 2016. We look forward to the next year!

Promise’s Midwifery Team:
Belinda Lassen, certified nurse midwife
Pam Hulstein, certified nurse midwife
Kari Ney, registered nurse
Erica Robertson, registered nurse
Ruth Hernandez, clinical assistant/interpreter

Promise Community Health Center of Sioux Center is the only Federally Qualified Health Center serving the far northwest corner of Iowaand beyond. To learn more about Promise's midwifery team and prenatal services, visit www.promisechc.org/services/prenatal.aspx. For more tips and advice on various topics from Promise's midwifery team and baby announcements, visit promisechcmidwives.blogspot.com.