When Holly Fronk, 35, of Kunkletown, learned she was expecting her first child with her husband, Nate, in June 2021, she started her search for personalized comprehensive OB care close to home.
“I knew right away that Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Pocono was the best choice,” says Fronk.
The offices were 25 minutes or less from her house, making weekly appointments easy to get to. And after years of working in health care, she also knew she wanted a midwife (a certified nurse-midwife or CNM), who would be by her side to provide her pre- and postnatal care, as well as support during labor, and more.
“They work hand in hand with the doctors to help you with your birth plan and expectations, delivering complementary care,” Fronk says. “It means you get more monitoring, more personal interaction and a different human touch throughout your journey to becoming a mother.”
She felt confident in LVH–Pocono, which has had an established midwifery program for over 10 years.
“If you want someone who has studied women in childbirth as a nurse at the level of a nurse practitioner and is truly a professional at delivering babies, a midwife is right for you,” Fronk says. “They take their time with you. I knew a lot about midwives in advance, and I had complete peace of mind about it.”