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Lexington Medical Center Offers Doula Training Classes

A doula is a birth coach who offers mothers comfort and reassurance during labor and delivery. At Lexington Medical Center, doulas are part of the hospital staff and are a free service to any woman having a baby at the hospital. Lexington Medical Center is holding classes in 2018 to add new doulas to our team. Learn more about the program in this WLTX interview below.


For information about becoming a Lexington Medical Center doula, call (803) 791 – BABY.

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.

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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.

Three Generations Share June 16 Birthday

What are the odds of a father, son and grandson all having the same birthday – June 16? We’re not sure, but it happened at Lexington Medical Center this week.

Sara Rentz Krisnow gave birth to baby Irby Wayne Krisnow on Thursday, June 16. Baby Irby shares the same birthday as his father, Seth Krisnow, and his grandfather, the late Dennis Krisnow.

Seth, Sara and baby Irby Wayne Krisnow, with a photo of Seth's late father, Dennis Krisnow.

Seth, Sara and baby Irby Wayne Krisnow, with a photo of Seth’s late father, Dennis Krisnow.

Dennis was born on June 16, 1957; Seth on June 16, 1983 and Irby on June 16, 2016.

“I was trying to hold out as long as I could so that I could have the baby on June 16,” Sara said.

Talk about a great birthday present – not to mention a great Father’s Day weekend present.

Sara and Seth live in Lexington. They’ve been married for five years and also have a two-year-old daughter named Olivia. (Her birthday is in February)

“Sara is a very giving and nice person, always spoiling me on my birthday, but I’m pretty sure she can’t top this one,” Seth said.

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What’s more, Sara just happens to be the granddaughter of George Rentz, Lexington Medical Center’s first President & CEO.

Mr. Rentz began that role in 1968, while the hospital was still in the planning stage and hadn’t been built yet. He served as President & CEO for 22 years.

He and his wife are enjoying retirement in West Columbia.

Baby Irby Wayne is Mr. Rentz’s third great-grandchild.

Lexington Medical Center's first President & CEO George Rentz with his granddaughter Sara and newborn great-grandson Irby Wayne.

Lexington Medical Center’s first President & CEO George Rentz with his granddaughter Sara and newborn great-grandson Irby Wayne.

Happy Birthday and Happy Father’s Day to the whole family.