Doubling The Delivery Care in Berlin

ThedaCare Medical Center Obstetrics Providers Deliver Twins

When Jessica Williams decided to deliver her twins at ThedaCare Medical Center-Berlin, she didn’t think twice. Two of her four other children were born at the hospital and she liked the nurses.

“Everyone is so helpful and so nice,” Williams said. “I felt comfortable there.

After her son, G’hrimm, and daughter, Marceline, were born Jan. 22, Williams learned how unique it was. “Everyone was saying how exciting it was to have twins born there,” she said. “I was really surprised at the reaction. I trusted my doctor and the staff. I didn’t think it was a big deal.”

Craig Batley, DO, FAAFP, a family medicine physician who delivered Williams’ twins, said many moms-to-be of twins decide to deliver elsewhere unaware ThedaCare Medical Center-Berlin can handle the deliveries. In addition to Dr. Batley, all the ThedaCare providers who deliver babies in Berlin – David Budde, DO; Cynthia Fisher, DO; Jared Kohlenberg, DO; Joseph Longo, DO; Timothy Roberts, MD; and Michael Shattuck, MD, – can also deliver twins.

“There is a misconception that these higher risk patients cannot be managed prenatally and delivered in a rural setting with same high quality outcomes as seen in larger institutions,” said Dr. Batley, who also delivers babies via cesarean section. “Since I started practicing here, our ThedaCare Berlin providers have delivered 35 sets of twins.”

Williams’ babies were Dr. Batley’s ninth set of twins since he began working in Berlin 13 years ago. “Each and every delivery presents its own unique environment of excitement and twins is no different. Obstetrics is one of the highlights of practice with families allowing me to be a small part of their new arrival,” he said.

Whether it is first-time parents or parents adding to their existing family, Dr. Batley remains focused on his patients. “My goal is to always provide the care necessary to assure the best possible outcomes for both mother and child,” said Batley, who will now provide care to G’hrimm and Marceline.

Williams said her delivery and the care for her twins were ideal. “I am glad I made the choice to have them locally,” she said.

For more than 100 years, ThedaCare™ has been committed to finding a better way to deliver serious and complex healthcare to patients throughout Northeast Wisconsin. The organization serves over 200,000 patients annually and employs more than 6,800 healthcare professionals throughout the region. ThedaCare has seven hospitals located in Appleton, Neenah, Berlin, Waupaca, Shawano, New London and Wild Rose as well as 34 clinics in nine counties. ThedaCare is the first in Wisconsin to be a Mayo Clinic Care Network Member, giving our specialists the ability to consult with Mayo Clinic experts on a patient’s care. ThedaCare is a non-profit healthcare organization with a level II trauma center, comprehensive cancer treatment, stroke and cardiac programs as well as a foundation dedicated to community service.  The ThedaCare Regional Cancer Center in Appleton opened in February 2016. For more information, visit or follow ThedaCare on Facebook and Twitter.