ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano Construction Update
Primary care doctors who deliver precious newborns vital at Shawano
By Dorothy Erdmann, CEO, Shawano Medical Center
Delivering babies at hospitals is no tiny business. Just two generations ago, our grandmothers were laboring and delivering at home, attended by other women and a doctor who made house calls—if he could get there. Today, women have many choices about health care during their pregnancies and deliveries. In the midst of their many options, one choice has been quietly disappearing: the primary care doctor who is certified and experienced in delivering babies.
The Shawano area is unique in the region because we haven’t let those especially caring doctors disappear from our midst. We are proud to count 12 primary care doctors on staff at Shawano Medical Center who practice obstetrics—the care for moms-to-be and delivery of their babies. Located across four clinics in Shawano, Clintonville, Tigerton and Keshena, these doctors play a key role in the beautiful births of about 300 babies at our hospital each year.
What does it mean to be a primary care doctor who practices obstetrics? It means you are willing to take late night calls for patients in labor. You feel a special kind of re-energizing joy from bringing new life into the world. You share this part of your patients’ lives with them and care for their whole person. You stay tuned in to the emotional, mental, and physical changes of your new patients so you can pick up on signs of distress.
Because doctors from many area clinics will be welcome at the new ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano, we hope to see our doctors supervise these deliveries in a beautiful new setting next year. The new medical center, under construction at County B and Highway 22, will feature whirlpool labor tubs; bigger, brighter rooms; and the safety of having the surgery department right around the corner.
Not very many communities our size can say that they have so many highly qualified primary care doctors who also practice obstetrics. We are fortunate to maintain a culture of caring for the whole person, and the whole family, through all stages of life. It is a privilege to be part of so many sweet new beginnings.