Tag Archives: gynecology

Ask the Lexington Medical Center Clinician: What’s A Midwife?

Darci Putnam, CNM, MSN, is a certified nurse midwife at Lexington Women’s Care West Columbia, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice. She answers a lot of questions from community members about what midwives do.

Q: What’s a certified nurse midwife?
A: A certified nurse midwife is an advanced practice registered nurse who provides comprehensive health care for women throughout their lives. Lexington Women’s Care has a staff of CNMs at its West Columbia location.

Q: How does someone become a CNM?
A: The CNMs at Lexington Women’s Care West Columbia have earned a master’s degree in nursing and completed rigorous clinical training. CNMs also graduate from an accredited midwifery education program and passed a national certification exam.

Q: Do midwives only care for pregnant women?
A: No. Midwives offer care to women from adolescence through menopause.

Q: What kind of gynecologic care does a midwife provide?
A: We care for women in all stages of life. Midwives provide routine well-woman exams, family planning and contraception, preconception counseling and problem-focused visits.

Darci Putnam

Q: Does using a midwife mean natural childbirth?
A: No. CNMs support a patient’s wishes for her birth experience. We participate in many deliveries at Lexington Medical Center with mothers who use medication to control pain during labor and delivery, including epidurals. We also have patients who would like to have natural childbirth, and we work with them to achieve that goal. We realize that every patient is different and unique.

Q: Do you offer at-home deliveries?
A: Some midwives participate in at-home deliveries. But like many other CNMs across the country, Lexington Women’s Care’s midwives only deliver babies at Lexington Medical Center.

What’s New At Lexington Women’s Care

Lexington Women’s Care has provided comprehensive women’s health services – from routine care to specialized treatment and surgery – for more than 40 years. And now the practice has even more to offer its patients.

On September 18, Lexington Women’s Care West Columbia moved into its new office in Lexington Medical Park 3 on the hospital’s main campus. The practice, located in Suite 300, features four labs, four ultrasound rooms, education and Centering™ rooms, and two procedure rooms. Suite 300 occupies the entire third floor of Lexington Medical Park 3. 

Lexington Women’s Care is also growing to meet the needs of patients throughout the Midlands. Sandhills Women’s Care joined the physicians, nurse practitioners and midwives at Lexington Women’s Care as Lexington Women’s Care Sandhills on September 18. Douglas M. Addy, MD, FACOG; Jully A.F. Aguirre, MD; Thomas C. Austin, MD, FACOG; Crystal Y. Johnson, MD, FACOG; and Jennifer B. Linfert, MD, FACOG, will continue to care for their patients at the practice’s Northeast Columbia office and will relocate their West Columbia office to Lexington Women’s Care West Columbia.

“The quality and personalized care Lexington Women’s Care has provided for more than 40 years is now more accessible throughout our community,” said James E. Estes, MD, an OB/GYN at Lexington Women’s Care West Columbia.

Lexington Women’s Care also welcomed two physicians. Andrea Garrick, MD, joined the practice in August. She will care for patients at Lexington Women’s Care West Columbia and Lexington Women’s Care Lexington. The practice welcomed Bert Hutchinson III, MD, to Lexington Women’s Care West Columbia on September 18. He has provided comprehensive obstetric and gynecologic care to women in the Midlands for more than 30 years. He previously practiced at River Bluff GYN.

“Our doctors share the same philosophy on the best ways to deliver quality, consistent care that is tailored to each patient’s needs,” said Dr. Estes.

With Lexington Women’s Care West Columbia moving to its new location in Lexington Medical Park 3 and the additions of Lexington Women’s Care Sandhills, Dr. Garrick and Dr. Hutchinson, the practice can continue to provide customized care for women throughout the Midlands for years to come.

For more information about Lexington Women’s Care services or to find a location, visit LexingtonWomensCare.com.

Lexington Women’s Care West Columbia
Lexington Medical Park 3
155 North Hospital Drive, Suite 300
West Columbia, SC 29169

Lexington Women’s Care Irmo
1 Wellness Blvd., Suite 203
Irmo, SC 29063

Lexington Women’s Care Lexington
Lexington Medical Center Lexington
811 West Main Street, Suite 209
Lexington, SC 29072

Lexington Women’s Care Sandhills
233 Longtown Road
Columbia, SC 29229

Lexington Medical Center Cook and Pharmacy Technician Deliver Baby in Hospital Lobby

January 13 was no ordinary work day for Jennifer Bandy and Yolanda Butler.

Jennifer is a cook at the Park Café inside Lexington Medical Park 1 at Lexington Medical Center. Yolanda is a pharmacy technician at Lexington Oncology, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice.

L to R: Yolanda Butler, Jennifer Bandy, Danielle Tilson, Baby Serenity and Byron Stewart

Just before sunrise, they heard shouts for help from the building’s entrance.

Running toward the door, they found Danielle Tilson of Batesburg about to deliver a baby. Her fiance Byron Stewart was by her side.

“Everything was happening so fast,” Jennifer said. “I knew we had to do something.”

Yolanda stepped in right away.

“I was reassuring Mom that everything was OK,” she said.

Minutes later, the café cook and pharmacy technician delivered baby Serenity Stewart in the lobby. They laid the little girl on tablecloths from the café and a blanket from Danielle and Byron’s car.

“She started blinking her eyes and moving – and that was a good feeling because we knew she was OK,” Jennifer said.

They learned Danielle and Byron were on their way to a hospital in downtown Columbia from their home in Batesburg, but didn’t think they could make it in time. So the couple pulled up to the Lexington Medical Park 1 entrance at Lexington Medical Center – the first entrance they saw on the hospital campus. Early in the morning, hardly anyone was there – except for the Park Café staff and Yolanda, who just happened to come into work early that day.

Serenity is the couple’s fourth child. Everyone is doing well.

The couple is thankful for Jennifer and Yolanda’s quick response and willingness to help. They say they will bring Serenity back to the hospital to meet them one day.