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.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Meet one of our Promise Babies: Rosalind!


Rosalind Jean, daughter of Nathan and Kirbee Nykamp of Sioux Center, IA, was born 12:44 p.m. Wednesday, March 8, at Orange City Area Health System, weighing 7 pounds, 10 ounces, and measuring 21 inches. She had to siblings, Ella, 6, and Oliver, 4.

Certified nurse midwife Belinda Lassen of Promise Community Health Center in Sioux Center, IA, provided the prenatal care for the family throughout the pregnancy.


The family enjoyed their first experience working with a midwife.

"I really loved how much time we could spend asking questions at all of the appointments," Kirbee said. "There was a lot more time given for whatever was on my mind."

Kirbee and Nathan Nykamp welcomed baby
Rosalind into their family on Wednesday, March
8. The family received prenatal care from
midwife Belinda Lassen of Promise Community
Health Center of Sioux Center.


Baby Rosalind

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.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Meet one of our Promise Babies: Bentley!


Bentley James, son of Fonda and Lance Van Middendorp of Hull, IA, was born 3 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, in his home, weighing 8 pounds, 10 ounces, and measuring 22 inches. He is the first child in the family.

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.


Fonda was pleased with the home-birth experience.

"It was all really good," she said. "I loved being at home, and I wasn't pressured to do anything. Everything went the way I pictured it to go."

Fonda Van Middendorp holds her baby,
Bentley. She and her husband, Lance,
welcomed baby Bentley into their family
on Tuesday, Feb. 14. He was born in their
home in Hull with the assistance of midwife
Belinda Lassen of Promise Community
Health Center of Sioux Center.



Baby Bentley

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, February 1, 2017

Meet one of our Promise Babies: Winston!

Winston Scott, son of Brian and Jody Greyn of Hull, IA, was born 10:59 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16, at Sioux Center Health, weighing 8 pounds, 15 ounces, and measuring 22 inches. He has six siblings, Ariana, 13; Samantha, 12; Spencer, 10; Isaac, 8; Alyvia, 6; and Josiah, 3.

Certified nurse midwife Belinda Lassen of Promise Community Health Center in Sioux Center, IA, provided the prenatal care for the family.


Belinda has provided prenatal care for all but one of the family's children.

"I just like the personal care," Jody said. "It's very familiar. It's a relaxed setting."

Jody Greyn holds her baby, Winston. She
and her husband, Brian, welcomed baby
Winston into their family on Monday, Jan.
16. Midwife Belinda Lassen of Promise
Community Health Center of Sioux Center
provided prenatal care for the family.

Baby Winston

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.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Meet one of our Promise Babies: Jalissa!


Jalissa Promise, daughter of Luke and Lori Decker of rural Canton, SD, was born 9:14 a.m. Friday, Jan. 20, in her home, weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces, and measuring 21 1/2 inches. She has four siblings, Marcus, 7; Jared, 6; Lauren, 4; and Amara, 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.


Lori has experienced home births with her other children, but this was her first time receiving care from a Promise midwife.

"We loved working with Pam and the people at Promise," she said. "Thank you."

Luke and Lori Decker welcomed baby Jalissa
into their family on Friday, Jan. 20. She was
born in their home in rural Canton, SD, with
the assistance of midwife Pam Hulstein of
Promise Community Health Center.

Baby Jalissa
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 26, 2017

Meet the first Promise Baby of 2017: Noah!


SIOUX CENTER – Kate Drzycimski and her husband, Mark, have vast experience when it comes to births and babies.
Mark and Kate Drzycimski, along with their
eight other children, welcomed baby Noah
David into their family on Friday, Jan. 6. He
was born in their Sioux Falls, SD, home with
the assistance of midwife Pam Hulstein of
Promise Community Health Center of Sioux
Center. He was the first baby of the year
for Promise's midwifery team.


But their ninth baby was different even for them.

Unlike their previous eight children, Noah David was born in their home in Sioux Falls, SD, with the assistance of certified nurse midwife Pam Hulstein and nurse Kari Ney of Promise Community Health Center of Sioux Center, IA.

Kate said it was a wonderful experience.

“I could write a book,” she said. “It was so much more comfortable, so much more down to earth, so much better to be near my family afterward, so much smoother first 24 hours, and I felt so much closer to Pam and Kari than any other midwife/nurse team I’ve had before.”

Baby Noah also was first baby of 2017 for Promise’s midwifery team.

He was born at 5:17 a.m. Friday, Jan. 6, weighing 7 pounds, 13, ounces, and measuring 22 inches.

Kate had worked previously with midwives from a larger facility, but the experience had become “less personal” and “more conventional and institutional” like typical obstetrics as the practice grew. So she sought midwifery care at Promise for her ninth child.

In the past, she also had considered the idea of having a home birth. This time, she went ahead because her family is part of a Christian cost-sharing program that not only would cover the cost of the home birth but encouraged it over a hospital birth.

“That little extra encouragement was all I needed,” she said.

Abram Drzycimski holds his baby
brother, Noah. Baby Noah has eight
brothers and sisters to love on him.

She was “very grateful” for their experience with the Promise midwifery team.

“Pam was a breath of fresh air – so much more down to earth and with many tricks up her sleeve,” Kate said with a smile. “She was able to better address many of my past issues with pregnancy, delivery and postpartum. I always felt in control of my own care – not badgered into certain decisions but guided through the process. And the true and sincere compassion for you as a patient that both her and Kari show is nothing short of phenomenal.”

When Kate held her newborn baby in her arms for the first time, she said it was a little different than with her other births.

“I can’t put my finger on it because it has always been amazing,” she said. “I spend that last half hour of birth totally disconnected – it seems – from everything, just focused and lost in the overwhelming task of delivering a baby. When it is finally over, and I am suddenly aware of all that is around me, and that includes a precious new life, it is a moment to remember. And when that moment includes the dim lamplight of your own room, with the quiet voices of just a few, it is truly incredible.”

Now, baby Noah has eight older brothers and sisters to love on him: Will, 17; Liam, 15; Abram, 13; Josiah, 11; Addie, 9; Elias, 8; James, 6; and Helen, 3.

“All are in love,” Kate said. “It was so nice to have unlimited time and to let a few come in to meet and greet throughout the morning – so much better than a rushed hospital visit with all the kids at once.”

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.


BEHIND THE NAME:
Kate and Mark Drzycimski were having a hard time coming up with a name for a boy after having six other “amazing sons” in their family.

Noah David
So this time, Mark took on the task of coming up with a boy’s name and Kate a girl’s name.

As he pondered the name, he got a lot of input from their other children.

“He eventually declared he had made a decision and was keeping it a secret,” Kate said. “This is really not like him, and I found it amusing and happily agreed to wait until the baby came.”

She said she will long remember the unveiling of the name:

“So, who is this child?” I asked my husband minutes after birth.

“Noah David.”

“David for the seventh son?” I ventured. (In the Bible, David was the seventh son of Jesse.)

“Yes,” he replied. And with his characteristic half-joking but mostly serious expression, he answered my unspoken question. “And Noah for the state the world is in.”

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.