Pregnancy Care

Pregnancy Care

HeartOfWhatWeDo_WEB_400x300Having a baby is an exciting time in your life – and at Lakeland, we want to make it a healthy time. Whether this is your first baby or you are continuing to build your family, our experienced physicians and clinical staff are here to help you every step of the way.

Care During COVID-19

At Lakeland we are practicing new safety protocols to ensure you and your baby are protected. If you are anxious about getting pregnant, there are ways to be more prepared. To start, many prenatal appointments are being conducted virtually. And, if your pregnancy needs more specialized care our obstetric teams work closely with you to determine what’s best for your situation. No matter when the time is right, this year or next, we’re ready.

 

Safe, High-Quality Care

Spectrum Health Lakeland is proud to have received the Perinatal Care Certification in recognition of how our team works together to provide safe, high-quality care for mothers and babies, from pregnancy through the first days of life. We are among only eight health systems in the United States that currently hold this designation, and is the first to receive the certification in Michigan and in the Midwest. 

Blue Cross Blue Shield has recognized Spectrum Health Lakeland as a Blue Distinction Center+ for Maternity Care. This designation honors healthcare facilities with demonstrated expertise and a commitment to quality during the delivery episode of care, which includes both vaginal and caesarean section births. On average, Blue Distinction Centers+ are also 20 percent more cost-efficient than non-Blue Distinction Center+ designated health care facilities. 

Choosing a Provider

Before your baby is even born, it is important to establish a relationship with your obstetrician, or ob-gyn, who will give you the information and support you need to help you and your baby have a happy, healthy pregnancy. After your baby is born, selecting a pediatrician is the next important step in your child’s healthcare. We are happy to help you find an obstetrician or a pediatrician to best meet your family’s needs.

Planning for Delivery Day Costs

Help reduce your delivery day stress by connecting with a patient financial advocate at Spectrum Health Lakeland. Our services are offered free of charge and can be done virtually or over the phone. Learn more.

Home-like Atmosphere 

The birth of a new baby is a much anticipated and wonderful experience. The BirthPlace at Lakeland is designed to make the arrival of your little one the most comfortable and joyous experience possible. Our BirthPlace provides a warm, home-like atmosphere for patients and their family members throughout the spacious labor and delivery rooms, postpartum rooms, and newborn nursery.  

Get Prepared 

The Lakeland continuum of care includes a wide variety of educational classes that focus on the needs of your family from pre-conception through delivery and new infant care. All classes within the Lakeland Expectant Parent Program are offered free of charge, but pre-registration is required. 

Birthing Suites

When it is time to deliver your baby the comfortable, family-centered birthing suites at the Lakeland BirthPlace feature the latest in technology with plenty of space for your family and loved ones. Our caring and experienced labor and delivery professionals will give you the information and support you need to help you feel relaxed and confident before, during, and after your delivery.

Breast Feeding – The Healthiest Choice

Good for babies – great for mothers. The health benefits of breastfeeding for both mother and baby have been widely researched and proven. Learn more about the programs, services, and products offered by the Community Health and Wellness Department to help make the breastfeeding experience beneficial for both you and your baby.

Going Home

Once you’ve returned home with your baby, a nurse will call you within the first few days to offer support and answer any questions you may have about the care of your baby. For specific questions or concerns, contact your pediatrician’s office to schedule an appointment.

Related Documents

Why Choose Us?

New mothers throughout Southwest Michigan and beyond share their birthing experiences at Spectrum Health Lakeland.

Continue Watching

Physician video profile: Nicole Phillips, MD (Plastic Surgery)

Nicole Phillips, MD, is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon at Stonegate Plastic Surgery.

Check-Up: What is breast reconstruction?

Plastic surgeon, Nicole Phillips, MD, discusses how breast reconstruction can dramatically improve a woman’s appearance, self-confidence, and overall quality of life.

Breast reconstruction: Shelly Morlock "A restored sense of confidence"

A small, cancerous lump in Shelly Morlock's right breast required a mastectomy along with a full course of chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

Plastic Surgery Secrets (Ginard Henry, MD)

Plastic surgeon, Ginard Henry, MD, answers questions and address concerns people may have about plastic surgery.

Wound Center: Carolyn Drier “The Path to Healing”

Carolyn Drier suffered a fall in the parking lot that resulted in a small lesion on her knee. After her wound would not heal she scheduled a visit to the Lakeland Wound Center in Niles.

Menopause: Navigating the Change (Ashley Dupuis, DO, FACOOG)

Ashley Dupuis, DO, discusses the early years transitioning up to menopause, what to expect, and specific symptoms.

Check-Up: Postpartum Depression is Not Your Fault (Meredith Sheldon, MA, LLPC)

Southwestern Medical Clinic counselor, Meredith Sheldon, talks about why women may experience postpartum depression and how treatment can help people cope.

Lakeland BirthPlace: Matt and Kristin Ross “A Wedding Day Delivery”

Kristin Ross was attending her sister's wedding when something unexpected happened: her water broke.

Provider Video Profile: Tatiyana Stankovic, NP (Plastic Surgery)

Tatiyana Stankovic, NP, cares for patients at Stonegate Plastic Surgery. She is trained in a wide spectrum of surgical and non-surgical procedures designed to enhance the face, body, breasts and skin.

Provider Video Profile: Sheena Lader, PA (Plastic Surgery)

Sheena Lader, PA, cares for patients at Stonegate Plastic Surgery. She is trained in a wide spectrum of surgical and non-surgical procedures designed to enhance the face, body, breasts and skin.

© Spectrum Health Lakeland 2020