Sylvia’s Story: WMMC is my Partner for Life’s Miracles

Sylvia Gelbach with family

When it came time for Sylvia and Austin Gelbach to deliver their baby Olivia, they knew they wanted to partner with Western Missouri Medical Center’s (WMMC) Obstetrics Department. Here is Sylvia and Austin Gelbach’s story.

“There was no question as far as another hospital that we wanted to go to,” Sylvia said. “[WMMC] offered excellent nursing staff, and we felt comfortable. We were happy with the care that we received throughout the entire process.”

WMMC works with each patient to create a unique birth plan centered around the patient’s wants and needs. When it came time to develop Sylvia’s plan, the staff at WMMC discussed options with Sylvia to meet her needs.

“[WMMC] gave us a bunch of options whenever it came to pain, if I needed to be induced, or if I wanted to do a natural birth,” Sylvia said. Sylvia also stated that the WMMC staff gave her various tools and resources about childbirth. With this knowledge, Sylvia and Austin said they could research their best delivery option.

“You’re going to learn a lot,” Austin said when talking about WMMC’s birth plan development. “It’s going to make you excited to go through this whole process.”

In addition to providing resources before delivery, WMMC also provides childbirth classes for free to ensure patients have access to the information they need during labor.

A memorable aspect of Sylvia’s delivery was the state-of-the-art birthing suites at WMMC.

“My favorite memory was the [whirlpool tubs],” Sylvia said, smiling. “It was a lifesaver whenever it came to my labor. I was in labor for about 13 hours!”

In addition to the whirlpool tubs, WMMC’s Obstetrics Department offers five labor-delivery-recovery rooms, 13 postpartum rooms, and four antepartum testing rooms. We also have a state-of-the-art operating room equipped for family-centered cesarean sections. And, we provide accommodations for spouses or those supporting mothers during labor, maintain a Level 1 nursery, and offer lactation consultants and pediatric care for newborns.

Let Western Missouri Medical Center become your partner for beautiful new beginnings. Just like Sylvia and Austin, our family medicine physicians, OB/GYNs, and Certified Nurse Midwives provide excellent care for new and experienced parents. See how we can help your family by calling (660) 262-7514 or email us.