Pregnancy Care

Pregnancy Care

Carly EdingerHaving a baby is an exciting time in your life – and at Lakeland, we want to make it a healthy time. Whether this is your first baby or you are continuing to build your family, our experienced physicians and clinical staff are here to help you every step of the way.

Safe, High-Quality Care

Spectrum Health Lakeland is proud to have received the Perinatal Care Certification in recognition of how our team works together to provide safe, high-quality care for mothers and babies, from pregnancy through the first days of life. We are among only eight health systems in the United States that currently hold this designation, and is the first to receive the certification in Michigan and in the Midwest. 

Blue Cross Blue Shield has recognized Spectrum Health Lakeland as a Blue Distinction Center+ for Maternity Care. This designation honors healthcare facilities with demonstrated expertise and a commitment to quality during the delivery episode of care, which includes both vaginal and caesarean section births. On average, Blue Distinction Centers+ are also 20 percent more cost-efficient than non-Blue Distinction Center+ designated health care facilities. 

Choosing a Provider

Before your baby is even born, it is important to establish a relationship with your obstetrician, or ob-gyn, who will give you the information and support you need to help you and your baby have a happy, healthy pregnancy. After your baby is born, selecting a pediatrician is the next important step in your child’s healthcare. We are happy to help you find an obstetrician or a pediatrician to best meet your family’s needs.

Tour Lakeland’s BirthPlace

The birth of a new baby is a much anticipated and wonderful experience. The BirthPlace at Lakeland Health is designed to make the arrival of your little one the most comfortable and joyous experience possible. Our BirthPlace provides a warm, home-like atmosphere for patients and their family members throughout the spacious labor and delivery rooms, postpartum rooms, and newborn nursery. 

Tours of the BirthPlace are available for expectant parents. For more information click here.

Attend Classes for a Bright Beginning

The Lakeland continuum of care includes a wide variety of educational classes that focus on the needs of your family from pre-conception through delivery and new infant care. All classes within the Lakeland Expectant Parent Program are offered free of charge, but pre-registration is required.

Labor and Delivery

When it is time to deliver your baby the comfortable, family-centered birthing suites at the Lakeland BirthPlace feature the latest in technology with plenty of space for your family and loved ones. Our caring and experienced labor and delivery professionals will give you the information and support you need to help you feel relaxed and confident before, during, and after your delivery.

Breast Feeding – The Healthiest Choice

Good for babies – great for mothers. The health benefits of breastfeeding for both mother and baby have been widely researched and proven. Learn more about the programs, services, and products offered by the Community Health and Wellness Department to help make the breastfeeding experience beneficial for both you and your baby.

Going Home

Once you’ve returned home with your baby, a nurse will call you within the first few days to offer support and answer any questions you may have about the care of your baby. For specific questions or concerns, contact your pediatrician’s office to schedule an appointment.

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Two Special Birthdays, Taleah Adams
May, 2019
Physicians: Benjamin Wood, DO; Alissa Conklin, MD; Dustin Hall, DO

The nurses and doctors were constantly checking on me to make sure I was ok. I felt so supported the entire time.

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Finally a Family of Three, Michelle Coy
Apr, 2019
Physicians: Kenneth Kaufmann, MD; Eeka Marshall, MD

I am so thankful for the care I received at the Niles BirthPlace.

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1 in 80,000 Odds, Nafitiri Mills
Mar, 2019
Physicians: Alissa Conklin, MD; Benjamin Wood, DO

The way they care for the babies is so genuine.

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A Wedding Day Delivery, Matt and Kristin Ross
Mar, 2019

Trust your care team, they’ve done this a lot, they know what they’re doing.

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No Complications, Sasha Thompson
Nov, 2018
Physicians: Alissa Conklin, MD

Dr. Conklin explained what we needed to do and why. She was the warmest doctor I’ve ever met.

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A Miracle Birth, Lucia Higgins
Nov, 2018
Physicians: Alissa Conklin, MD

Dr. Conklin made it all very personal while still ensuring both the baby and I were safe.

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A Birth-Day Blessing , Amanda
Aug, 2016
Physicians: Alissa Conklin, MD

I was able to hold my daughter for the very first time — that moment is one I will cherish for the rest of my life.

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Connecting in a New Place, Jenny Ryan
Sep, 2015
Physicians: Alissa Conklin, MD; Bobbi Brown, CNM

New to the area and pregnant with her third child, Jenny was nervous about finding medical professionals who she could relate to. Her fears vanished when she found a personal connection at BellaNova Women's Health.

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A Gentle Welcome to the World , Torey Schultz
Sep, 2015
Physicians: Heidi Grabemeyer-Layman, MD

Thanks to the staff at the BirthPlace, the birth of my second child was a completely different experience for me, both physically and emotionally. 

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A Love That Knows No Boundaries , Sharon Beck
Aug, 2015

The fact that the staff at Lakeland made it possible for me to witness the birth of my first son means everything to me

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