WAYNESBORO, Pa. – When Hagerstown resident and Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner Lexi Batey became pregnant and transitioned from well-woman to prenatal care at Summit Women’s Group in Waynesboro, she knew she would be more than just a number.
That’s because the women who would provide her care and guide her birthing experience were the same kind, competent women she works with closely on a day-to-day basis.
While some larger practices can feel more like a business than a patient experience, Batey said Summit Women’s Group in Waynesboro, which uses a midwifery model of care, focuses on individualized care plans tailored to keep both the patient’s wishes and safety in mind.
As a CRNP at the practice, Batey has an advanced nursing degree that allows her to see and treat patients. CRNPs can order laboratory testing; imaging such as X-rays, MRIs and CT scans; and prescribe medications. At Summit Women’s Group in Waynesboro, Batey sees gynecologic patients and obstetrics patients up until delivery.
“The midwives do a great job of giving you your options,” said Batey. “They’ll push for what safely can be done. You have a voice.”
She added that the providers there work together closely to ensure the best possible care.
“It’s a very cohesive team,” she noted, adding, “Summit Women’s Group may be a better fit if a woman desires a more personal pregnancy and birth experience with a close-knit group of providers.”
The birth of her second child under the care of the practice reaffirmed that belief.
When it came time for Batey’s scheduled delivery, Certified Nurse Midwife Jackie Sullivan was on call to guide her care. Batey had a special request, which Sullivan was happy to accommodate.
“I was adamant I wanted to put (my oldest daughter) Reese to bed.”
Once at Waynesboro Hospital’s family birthing unit, Sullivan was present if Batey needed her, but also gave her time to labor in peace with her husband.
“She will do what you want to do. She gives you your space,” explained Batey. “It was such a great experience – I felt very at ease with her.”
Batey said she enjoyed the opportunity to receive prenatal care at her practice and see how each piece ties into the entire pregnancy experience – from the patient’s point of view.
After becoming the patient where she practices, she said she appreciates her skilled colleagues and their knowledge even more.
“I have an even higher respect for the team after the fact.”
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