“To trust someone with your children is to trust them with your most valued possessions. I am the proud mother of two beautiful children (son age 2 (25mo) and daughter 6 weeks) both of which were delivered by Robin. In fact, she was also the first to ever hear each of their precious heartbeats within me. Needless to say she holds a special place in my heart. Upon first meeting Robin I was overcome by her genuine joy and excitement for her profession. It was clear that her calling was more than just delivering babies – it was to care for the women she served on a physical, emotional, and spiritual level. She lives up to her calling each and every day, and surrounds herself with colleagues and a staff that do the same.
I was fortunate to have two very easy pregnancies with the occasional minor irritants of pregnancy, yet I always had many questions/concerns. Whenever I would ask a question I was always answered with a very clear, educated and compassionate answer. Never was I made to feel as if my questions were frivolous or unimportant. Throughout both pregnancies Robin and her peers gave me the extra confidence to go through with my natural birth plan. I always knew I was in good hands and that they were there for the safety of me and my children.
During my most recent delivery I labored almost entirely at home, staying in phone contact with Robin as my labor progressed. I never will forget the confidence in her voice as she told me to go ahead and have dinner with my family, that I knew what I was doing, and to call her when things intensified. I love that she knew me well enough to trust me with what my body was telling me. While being admitted at the hospital I was progressing rather quickly, which made it difficult for me to answer the nurse’s questions. Having cared for me throughout my pregnancy Robin was present to help answer many of my medical questions. This allowed my husband to support me throughout my contractions, and she was able to offer subtle yet necessary advice to aid in my breathing. I never will forget only four or so contractions before I started pushing; she was sitting in my room in a rocking chair just smiling. The calmness that she carried with her filled the entire room and created a peace within me. Moments later she delivered my beautiful baby girl. As I previously stated, Robin will forever and always hold a special place in my heart. Her and her colleagues offer care that is above any available in the medical profession.”
–Molly Ranshaw, Covington, Ky.
“A chance encounter almost eleven years ago has turned into one of the most wonderful experiences of my life!
Early in my first pregnancy, Robin Centner joined the OB practice in which I had been a patient. As usual, they scheduled me an appointment with her so that I could familiarize myself with everyone in the office. I thought, a midwife? Why would I need a midwife? Going that route wasn’t typically my style, however, I thought I would give her the benefit of the doubt. So, I went into the appointment with an open mind, very curious as to what she did and how it differed from that of a doctor.
When I walked out of the office that day, I knew I had found something/someone very special. It was an eye opening experience that I was glad to have given the chance. I had a whole new outlook on midwifery and on myself and how I wanted or hoped my pregnancy would proceed.
I chose the midwives for my subsequent pregnancies, births and now for my yearly care… Hats off to all of the midwives for all that they do!”
–Heather Ragan, Villa Hills, Ky.
I started my journey into motherhood over four years ago, I made the wise decision to have a midwife. I’m so glad I did because the level of care and concern was above and beyond anything I ever expected. The midwives I seen through all three of my babies were awesome to say the least. I know through all my pregnancies I asked a million question and they always answered my questions and put my mind at ease. I always felt confident and reassured after leaving the office and labor was no different. Elisabeth erdman-Palmer delivered all three of my babies and she is more than a midwife she is family now. The concern she showed me each birth was astounding. I had three very different labors and each time she knew exactly what I needed. I know I was ready to give up with my first after 29 hours of labor but she cheered me on and her energy gave me the drive I needed to push, my second child got “stuck” and any mom that’s been through that knows just how scary it can be but once again she was poised and cheering me on, needless to say my baby was born healthy with no problems and that’s because of her knowledge and intuition. My third baby was bittersweet cause I worried so much about what ifs especially since my second child got stuck and my first child had just been diagnosed with autism I was on a emotional roller coaster but it made it so much easier to have such great midwives caring for me and my baby she was born sunny side up a week early and no problems. I would strongly recommend midwives over doctors any day I just feel like you get more personal care. I obviously love this group of midwives through 3 hospital and two states I’d still follow them anywhere.
I started my relationship with Elisabeth during the birth of my first son. I was 32 weeks pregnant when I went into labor unexpectedly. My labor progressed quite quickly at a hospital that delivers only full-term babies. By the grace of God, Elisabeth was my labor and delivery nurse, comforting and coaching me every step of the way. Because of her actions, I was able to remain calm and collected throughout all of the chaos during delivery.
Fast forward two years later…I was pregnant with my second child at a routine visit with my midwives when I recognize a familiar face-Elisabeth’s! Her last name was different and I didn’t realize she had become a CNM with the practice since my first delivery. I was more than thrilled to have her care for me during my second pregnancy. Since I had my first at 32 weeks, she recommended that I receive extra care, as well as progesterone injections to help prevent another pre-term baby. The prenatal care that I received by her, as well as her partners, was beyond amazing. At my 35 week check, she knew, just by the look on my face, that something was bothering me. Well, when I went into labor a week later, I called Elisabeth personally. By the forces of a higher power, she was on call that weekend. I was blessed to have her coach me through and delivery my daughter for my second time around. The delivery was beautiful. I felt sad that I wouldn’t have frequent visits with Elisabeth anymore, but I’d only see her once a year for exams, and the occasional picture exchange on Facebook.
A couple of years went by, and much to my surprise, I found out I was expecting my 3rd! After sharing the results with my husband, I immediately sent Elisabeth message with the exciting news. Coincidentally, she had just changed practices with her CNM partners, and they were in the process of opening a brand new office with The Christ Hospital. Overwhelmed with so many emotions, I was relieved to know I would be in great hands for my third pregnancy, as well. She immediately scheduled the first appointment with her and I was on my nine month journey of pregnancy. Knowing my history of preterm births, she was deeply involved in my prenatal care. Over the 5 years, we had developed a close bond that went beyond that of just a patient. She was quick to respond to any message I would send with concerns or questions regarding my pregnancy. At 38 weeks I sent her a message regarding contractions and questioning if I might be in labor. She immediately calls me (I think to hear my voice during contractions) and advises me to go into the office to be checked out. Turns out, I was indeed in labor, and was sent to the hospital. Guess who was on call? Elisabeth meets me in my room and supports me through the rest of my labor. I was even lucky enough to have Mandy join us that night. I chose to deliver this one without any pain medication, and I honestly don’t know if I would have been that strong and focused if it weren’t for my amazing midwife. Everything about my final delivery was incredible, but I didn’t expect anything less.
Every woman deserves a midwife, especially Elisabeth and her partner CNMs at The Christ Hospital. My experiences with them have put me at ease, knowing they have been there for me every single step of the way. It’s way more than a patient/doctor relationship. I truly feel like Elisabeth was put in my life for my children, and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. I HIGHLY recommend these midwives to any woman, whether she is expecting or not.
-Jillian Thiel-Hurtt, Fort Thomas, Ky.
As Birth Doula, I have come to learn that one of the most important items for an expectant family to check off the list is to find a care provider that they truly trust will support them in all ways, shapes & forms, through thick & thin. A couple of weeks ago, I had the absolute pleasure of supporting one of my Mamas during her Birthing Time while Mandy Dolhover, CNM was on call. Throughout her pregnancy, my client RAVED about Mandy and my business partner has always been raving about Mandy, so when I found out that I would finally get to meet her & attend a birth with her, to say I was excited was an understatement.
It was after midnight and shortly after we got our client settled in, Mandy came into the room with such a friendly confidence, calm and blissful attitude. She stayed in the room for most of the Birthing Time and helped to hold a sacred, safe & peaceful place for the laboring woman. We also had the immense pleasure of Shauna joining us as well for a couple of hours! They would both often sit next to our client on the bed and whisper words of confidence & encourage her to trust & listen to her body. What I loved is that everything that Mandy did was deliberate & calm. When our Mama started saying that she was feeling the urge to push, Mandy calmly got the area ready while still being attentive to the needs of the Mother and it was also wonderful that while she got the room set up, it at no point felt “medical”. We had the flameless candles arranged, lavender aromatherapy going on & the beautiful baby boy could not have been born in a more peaceful, supported, loving way.
In an world where the media has constantly told us that birth is scary, painful and full of swear words & epidurals, it was amazing to see a birthing experience so opposite, natural, instinctual and supported. I am looking forward to working with these amazing Midwives again in the future!
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