Midwife Delivering at Appleton Medical Center

April 12, 2012

Becky Kahler-Thyssen of Women’s Care Expands her Service Offerings

Expectant mothers delivering at Appleton Medical Center now have the option of using a midwife.

Becky Kahler-Thyssen, a nurse practitioner and midwife who has been with Women’s Care of Wisconsin since 2009, is now delivering babies at Appleton Medical Center.

Midwives are experts in pregnancy and health education – a combination that perfectly matches the needs of many women, Kahler-Thyssen said.

“Many women choose to use a midwife during childbirth so they can experience a process that is as natural as possible,” she said. “I’m usually at the patient’s bedside during labor providing guidance, nurturing, and encouragement. It is very comforting for a woman to have someone they have come to know and trust at their bedside when they are feeling very vulnerable.”

Studies show that women who choose to use a midwife often have shorter labors and a lower occurrence of interventions, such as a cesarean, Kahler-Thyssen said. She said most women can use a midwife unless there are complications in the pregnancy, such as severe pre-eclampsia.

“Our obstetricians who specialize in high-risk pregnancies would be a better choice if there are complications with the pregnancy. We have a real team approach at Women’s Care. We all work together to provide the best care possible for our patients,” she said.

Kahler-Thyssen received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the Bellin College of Nursing and her master’s degree in nursing with a specialty in midwifery from the Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing in Hyden, Kentucky. Certified by the American College of Nurse Midwives, she completed her clinical preparation at Gunderson Lutheran Medical Clinic in La Crosse.

Kahler-Thyssen’s care for women goes beyond pregnancy and childbirth. She sees patients ranging in age from their teens to their 70s and conducts annual exams and works with women on any concerns they have concerning their gynecological health.

“Being a woman myself, I think it’s important to provide women with as much information as possible and then let them make the decision that’s right for them,” Thyssen said.

AMC is a 160-bed acute care hospital that opened in 1958. In addition to general medical and surgical care, services include the Appleton Heart Institute, a fully staffed emergency department, pediatrics, birthing services, a comprehensive cancer center, and ThedaCare Orthopedic Care, which integrates orthopedics, sports medicine, outpatient rehabilitation and other services. Appleton Medical Center is an accredited Chest Pain Center by the national Society of Chest Pain Centers.

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