You’ve spent nine months preparing to meet your little one. You’re eager for that new baby smell, the feeling of tiny fingers wrapping around yours, and the warmth of soft cuddles.
Three local moms trusted the OB experts at Tri-County Health Care to come alongside them during this journey and were met with encouragement, compassion and high-quality care.
Carissa Mitchell and Baby Piper
Born March 12, 2019
When Carissa was looking for a place to deliver her first child, Piper, she knew she wanted to use the services of a midwife. She and her father were both born at Tri-County Health Care, so when she learned of TCHC’s Dawn Dahlgren-Roemmich, certified nurse midwife, she knew that’s where she wanted to go. An added benefit was the option to have a water birth.
Being a first-time mom, Carissa wasn’t sure what to expect, but she said her team helped reassure her and normalize the experience.
“I really like Dawn’s nurse, Monica. She gets to know you. She’s a sweetheart and always upbeat,” Carissa said. “I really like Cheryl, the labor and delivery nurse. I graduated with her son, so I already knew her. That was nice. It made it more comforting.”
Carissa’s labor progressed too quickly to have a water birth as planned, but she described it as a fairly easy pregnancy and delivery. She said her husband, Nick, loved the whole experience at Tri-County and that he got a bit “gushy” when they stamped little Piper’s foot.
Carissa also appreciated that she had the option at Tri-County to stay with her provider throughout the pregnancy and have that same provider deliver her baby.
“Dawn knew what I wanted and had a good idea of everything,” she said. “So I didn’t have to say anything during the whole process because Dawn already knew what I was looking for so I could just focus on me.”
Angie Moats and Baby Oliver
Born March 22, 2019
“Being born and raised in Wadena, I always doctored at Tri-County Health Care, so there was no doubt in my mind where I would go,” Angie said of choosing a place to deliver her third child, Oliver. “The thing about Tri-County … everybody knows everybody. You see these people and you know who they are. You have that relationship. It’s a small-town feel. You’re not just another patient coming through.”
Angie delivered her first two children – Madyson, 16, and Bradley, 12 – at Tri-County several years ago, so she had the unique opportunity to experience the various changes and improvements that were made over the years.
She was grateful to find that Tri-County still offered home visits by a nurse after delivery. Because it can be overwhelming for a mother to travel back to the hospital after a birth, Angie loved that a nurse came right to her home to check in and answer any questions.
Angie also thought the same care and attention was given at her prenatal visits.
“You go to so many appointments,” she said. “The fact that they’re so thorough at each appointment is the thing that stands out. It felt like I was the only patient of the day. Any questions or concerns I had were addressed.”
Ashley Voigt and Baby #4
Due in September
Ashley recently moved to the area, and with baby number four on the way, she knew she needed to find somewhere to deliver. She was quickly directed to Tri-County.
“It helped so much that my twin sister lives in town and has gone through all three of her pregnancies with Tri-County,” Ashley said. “It was comforting to know she was so well taken care of, and being in town, there’s the convenience of having a three-minute drive.”
Not knowing any providers in the area, Ashley wanted to stick with the one her sister knew, Bobbi Adams, M.D. From the moment Ashley made her first phone call to Tri-County, she felt comfortable with her choice as she was congratulated, encouraged and helped through the process.
“It was such a wonderful feeling because the moment that I called, I was really nervous about not knowing any providers,” she said. “As soon as I asked, they said, ‘Absolutely, she’s taking new OB patients.’ It was a huge relief.
I was really excited to be cared for the way my family members were cared for.”
Ashley’s three other children were born in Fargo, so she’s been surprised by some of the differences between large hospitals versus small facilities. One of the most notable was the option to have her doctor care for her throughout the pregnancy and also deliver her baby, an option she’s never had before.
“That is something that’s really special. From start to finish, I know that she’s going to be with us,” she said. “I feel very cared for. I feel like they’re very knowledgeable, especially Dr. Adams, knowing from the moment she touches my belly of how many weeks I am. She’s just great, and her nurse is just as wonderful. They’re a dynamic duo.”
Ashley said she had to clear up a little confusion because the staff was so used to caring for her twin sister, Amber. But the fact that they knew and recognized Amber only amplified for Ashley the friendly, small-town feel.
Ashley said her family is ready for the baby to arrive, but in the meantime, she hopes to take advantage of the free classes available to moms, including prenatal yoga and Tri Aquatics Moms Course.
At Tri-County Health Care, we don’t just deliver babies. We deliver love that will last a lifetime.
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