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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.

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.

Lexington Medical Center Welcomes Andrea Garrick, MD

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to welcome Andrea Garrick, MD, to the hospital’s network of care. Dr. Garrick will practice obstetrics and gynecology at Lexington Women’s Care, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice. Lexington Women’s Care provides comprehensive obstetric, gynecologic and diagnostic services for women in all stages of life.

Andrea Garrick, MD

A magna cum laude graduate of the College of Charleston Honors College in Charleston, South Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, biology and chemistry, Andrea Garrick, MD, earned her Doctor of Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. While there, she became a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society.

Dr. Garrick then completed her obstetrics and gynecology residency at Georgia Regents University in Augusta, Georgia, and received several awards and honors, including Intern of the Year, consecutive Resident Teaching awards and a certificate for Global Women’s Health.

Dr. Garrick has experience providing general obstetric and gynecologic services ranging from outpatient care and surgery to routine visits and complicated consultations. In addition to this training, she served as co-investigator in a research study during her residency to evaluate the effect of support group participation in women with gynecologic cancer.

Dr. Garrick is accepting new patients.

Lexington Women’s Care
155 North Hospital Drive, Suite 300
West Columbia, SC 29169
(803) 936-8100

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