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SCKMC Announces Partnership with Birth and Wellness Center

South Central Kansas Medical Center is proud to announce our new collaboration with Sunflower Birth & Family Wellness in order to expand the number of women’s health services provided in Cowley County.

October 16th, 2020

The incoming midwives group is operated by Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM) Tarena Sisk and Jamie Harrington and will undergo a change of name to South Central Kansas Midwives, and will have privileges at SCKMC and Ark City Clinic starting November 2nd under the umbrella of South Central Kansas Healthcare.

Sisk and Harrington had been in the process of developing the freestanding birth clinic since 2018, and had their grand opening this past Labor Day. The two previously attended the Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing, known today as Frontier Nursing University. While attending this graduate program, Tarena and Jamie learned the necessary skillset to be able to set up a certified birthing center. Harrington, an active maternal and infant researcher and professor at Wichita State University, was convinced that our area displayed a great need for more comprehensive women’s healthcare options. “Certified nurse-midwives offer a safe option for women seeking gynecological and/or pregnancy care. Our birth center and clinic offer that care in a comfortable, non-judgmental environment. If additional care is necessary beyond our expertise we work closely with a network of other providers and physicians. We hope to bring more families to the community seeking midwifery and birth center care which will provide sustainability for our rural hospitals.” said Sisk.

While the practice of midwifery has a long-engrained place in human history, Certified Nurse Midwives are somewhat of a rarity for rural areas, and rural maternity center availability has been on the decline in recent years. Sisk and Harrington’s partnership with South Central Kansas Medical Center will give Cowley County women more control of their pregnancy and birth experience without having to travel long distances to receive comparable, personalized care. According to the American Association of Birth Centers, 9 out of 10 women who entered labor planning a birth center delivery achieved a vaginal birth. The C-section rate for low-risk women who chose to give birth at a birth center is only 6% compared to the 27% national average. Certified Nurse Midwives provide more than safe birth options as well. Tarena and Jamie will be able to provide critical long-term well-woman care, including;

Family Planning Services and education,
Gynecological Care,
Wellness Care,
Perimenopause and Menopause care,
Preconception, Prenatal, and Postpartum care,
Birth Services, including pain management options.

Providing these options will allow women to have access to safe, high level care and will give them the ability to choose which options are best for their specific circumstances. “Our birth center was established with the goal to build a safer network of maternal and infant health services for our community and to give families more birth choices. Certified nurse-midwives have masters and/or doctorate degrees, are licensed and board certified. We can prescribe medication and are trained to handle emergencies. Midwifery and birth center care improves outcomes and families have a choice of either a birth center birth (if low risk and meet criteria) or hospital birth with our midwives. We also have a community space for small classes and support groups.” said Harrington.

If you have questions or would like to set up a consultation with the South Central Kansas Midwives, please visit us online at www.sunflowerbirthcenter.com or call the Ark City Clinic at (620) 442-2100. You may also contact the birth center clinic directly at (620) 301-1274.

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