Birth Workers

ATHENS AREA BIRTH WORKERS

The following is meant to be a comprehensive list of Athens area birth workers, and is in no way intended to endorse any particular provider. If you are seeking recommendations, we suggest you attend a Birth Circle meeting and ask attendees for input.


BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT:

Michele Biddlestone BS, IBCLC
Offering breastfeeding consultations as well as Breastfeeding 101 and Breastfeeding for Working Mothers classes monthly.
OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital
740-592-9364
mbiddlestone@obleness.org

 

Ebb & Flow Lactation Services

Julie Gladney, BS, LPN, IBCLC, RLC

740-818-8871

ebbnflowlactation@gmail.com

ebbflowlactation.wordpress.com

 

Holzer Gallipolis

Breastfeeding Class – Third Tuesday of the month
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Holzer Gallipolis – Conference Rooms ABC

 

La Leche League

Cassie Meek, 740-707-2519 (Athens county)
Sherri (740) 274-0835 (Athens county)
Jackie (740) 590-9994 (Athens County)
Jennifer (740) 645-3269 (Jackson area)
Charla (740) 416-9133 (Middleport area)

http://www.athenslll.com/

La Leche League Facebook page

http://www.llli.org/

 

Liz Tompkins

Lactation Consultant at Holzer

740-331-1293

et192899@yahoo.com

 

WIC – breastfeeding peer counselors
740-677-4002


CHILDBIRTH CLASSES:

The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth
We teach you how to be healthy and low risk, using relaxation for labor and your birth partner as your “coach.”
Holly Poulson, AAHCC
Marietta, OH
740-376-0446 or hpoulson@suddenlink.net

Esali Birth
Childbirth Education, Local & Online Classes, Workshops & Seminars, Monthly [free] Breastfeeding Café. Information & Support for Every Beautiful Birth from Home to Hospital.
Danielle Bergum
Parkersburg & Ravenswood, WV
304-482-4729, 304-273-4190 or info@esalibirth.com
www.esalibirth.com

Holistic Birth
Provides multiple levels of birth education, from consultations to workshops to on-going class series. Designed to support all mothers, regardless of both their location and/or preferences.
Laura Post
Athens, OH
740.594.YOGA or theholisticmama@gmail.com; www.holistic-birth.com

Lamaze® Childbirth Classes

Let your body guide you through labor, no matter where or how you choose to birth! Includes education on breastfeeding and newborn care. Courses monthly; private classes and income-based assistance available. Rachel Szostek Athens, OH 765-977-3817, szostekrachel@gmail.com, www.cradledinjoy.org

O’Bleness Memorial Hospital Childbirth Classes

Childbirth Education: Understanding Birth eClassLearn from your PC! An online class for expectant parents to use from the comfort of home. Covers pregnancy, labor, comfort techniques, birth and newborn care. Self-paced with interactive activities. Available for 45 days after receiving class code.

Register by phone: (614) 4-HEALTH

OhioHealth: $75 / couple

https://www.ohiohealth.com/classes/


DOULAS (BIRTH ATTENDANTS):

Crysta Bourdon, Doula
Marietta, OH
740-568-0134 or crystabourdon@yahoo.com

 

Kailyn Browning, SBD

Certified Stillbirthday Doula

740-818-5039

KailynBrowning.SBD@stillbirthday.com

Support for birth in any trimester and support in any outcome.

 

Lauren Genter, Doula and Monitrice

Athens, Ohio

614-940-2919

ancientroots@live.com

 

Catherine Lachman, Postpartum Doula
Athens, Ohio
clachman@gmail.com

 

Melanie Linscott, DONA Birth Doula-in-Training
(740) 448-7415 or (740) 590-6716
Melanie_Athens_Doula@hotmail.com

 

Laura Post, Doula
Athens, OH
740-594-YOGA or theholisticmama@gmail.com; www.holistic-birth.com

 

Rachel Szostek, (DONA)

Athens, OH 765-977-3817

szostekrachel@gmail.com www.cradledinjoy.org

 

Jackie Warmke, CD(DONA)
Athens, OH
(740)590-9994
jackiechloe@yahoo.com


DOULAS IN TRAINING:

Catherine Lachman, DONA Birth Doula-in-Training
(740) 592-9636 , (740)856-9565
clachman@gmail.com

 

Hannah Stewart, toLabor Professional Birth Doula

Athens County, Ohio

facebook.com/junobirthandwellness

(614) 361-7365

junobirthandwellness@gmail.com

 

Katrina C. Velempini, DONA Doula in training
Athens, Ohio
740-274-2985
krissie210@yahoo.com


MIDWIVES:

Erica Andrews, DEM
Laughing Moon Midwifery
217 Columbus Rd. Athens Ohio, by appointment
Holistic, mother-centered homebirth care in Athens, Ohio and surrounding areas.
Visit laughingmoonyoniverse.com to learn more.

Sue Campbell, CNM, 740-589-3139

Hospital births in Athens and Gallipolis; sees patients at Holzer Clinic in Athens.
740-589-3100

 

Lauren Genter, student midwife

Assisting with home births in the Athens area. Over 10 years experience.

614-940-2919

ancientroots@live.com

 

Angelita Nixon, CNM
Full scope midwifery specializing in homebirth and water birth, VBACs supported.
304-757-9006 or www.anmidwife.com

 

Marlene Waechter, CPM
D. Livery Services specializing in homebirth, VBACs, twins, waterbirths, hospital doula or monitrice.
740-710-1218 or marlenecpm@frontier.com

 

Piper Woods
Over 30 years of experience helping families with homebirth, prenatal care, childbirth classes and breastfeeding.
740-698-6243 or 740-590-0730


OBSTETRICIANS

Athens, OH

  • Holzer Clinic, 740-589-3139

Catherine Coats, DO

Dennis Merski, DO

Laurel A. Kirkhart, MD  (delivering in Gallipolis only)

  • Athens Medical Associates, LLC (formerly River Rose OB/GYN), 740-594-8819

Kathleen Bertuna, DO

Jane Broeker, MD

Jody Gerome, DO

Jack Chan, DO (prenatal only, not delivering)

Michael Clark, DO (prenatal only, not delivering)

Jack Ramey, D.O. (prenatal only, not delivering)

Lancaster, OH

  • Fairfield OB/GYN and Associates, 740-653-9411

James Guenther, D.O.

  • OB/GYN Associates of Lancaster, Inc., 740-653-5088

Laurel J Santino, M.D.

Sarah L Froman, M.D.

Brian Leve, M.D.

Sheri Dodds, CNP

  • J Scott Delong, M.D., 740-687-2229
  • Paul E. Detty, M.D., 740-653-5959

Logan, OH

  • Hocking Valley Medical Group 740-385-9614
    • Dr. John Waltz
    • Amanda Davis, NP

Marietta, OH

  • Marietta Gynecologic Associates, 740-374-3622
    • Curtis D. White, M.D.
    • Warren L. Cooper, M.D.
    • Todd R. Myers, M.D.
    • M. Paula Galupo, M.D.

Parkersburg, WV

  • Parkersburg Gynecologic Associates, 304-424-2035
    • Michael Shockley, M.D.
  • Curtis White, D.O., 740-423-3222
  • Lisa Casalenuevo, D.O. 304-424-2165
  • Womencare Associates, 304-424-2088
    • Thomas Durnell, M.D..
  • Heather Irvin, M.D. 304-865-5065
  • Peter Filozof, M.D., 304-485-2387

Sharing Practitioner Feedback

There are several options about giving feedback when you don’t receive the kind of care you would like for yourself or your baby.  Some options include, but are not limited to:

— If your caregiver is a nurse, you might be able to ask to talk with her directly, perhaps with your partner present and a colleague of the person’s present as well.  You could also contact the nurse manager of the hospital’s labor and delivery unit.

— If your caregiver is a practitioner, you might talk with him or her directly, perhaps with your partner present and a colleague of the person’s present as well.  You could also follow up with the practice at which the practitioner works.  If you don’t feel that the situation has been resolved, you can let the state medical board know.  For more information in Ohio, go to     www.med.ohio.gov.  In West Virginia go to www.wvdhhr.org/WVbom.

— If your caregiver is a midwife, you might talk with her directly, perhaps with your partner present and a colleague of the person’s present as well. If you don’t feel that the situation has been resolved, you can alert your state’s midwifery organization. For Ohio, see www.ohiomidwives.org.

Of course, you can always vote with your feet and not return to a practitioner.  If you want to continue to be seen by the other practitioners at a practice, you might choose to remain with a practice but refuse to be seen by a particular care provider.  However, working with the person and his or her colleagues and the boards who certify a practitioner provides more thorough input and feedback to the larger community about possible care concerns.