PRINCETON — Even during times of crisis, the cycle of life involving births continues. Now, for those who wish it, a local obstetrician’s office offers women an alternate choice in women’s care.

Certified Nurse Midwife Sandy Cottle, who started working at Dr. Brandon Lingenfelter’s practice in February, said last week, “I was working as a labor nurse at Charleston Women’s and Children’s Hospital when one of the doctor’s I worked with suggested that I study to become a midwife. I went to Baylor College of Medicine to get certified and I served in Charleston for 26 years before I came here.”

Through mutual friends, she said, she made contact with Lingenfelter, who had expressed needing an alter`native to traditional women’s care.

“Everyone I’ve met here has been so very nice,” she said.

Her practice, she added, offers Princeton Community Hospital and Lingenfelter’s practice different options when it comes to women’s care and childbirth.

“Midwives offer a variety of services. We do anal exams, breast exams, pap smears and so forth . We provide these services from childbirth to adulthood including lived births and water baths. My specialty is hospital services.,” Cottle said.

“I’m really loving it. I can’t imagine doing anything differently. I can’t really express how well people have treated me. I can’t wait until things settle down and I can get really started,” she said.

Lingenfelter added, “We felt that the area needed a female provider. The hospital had fielded five-10 calls a week asking about it. We’re very impressed with Sandy, she’s very personable and we’ve addressed a large need when she came to the area.’

To date, he said, Cottle has done eight to 10 deliveries since she arrived.

“They function as a regular provider, except where surgical intervention is needed,” he said.

For more information, call Dr.Lingenfelter’s office at 681-282-5597.

Jeff Harvey is a freelance reporter and columnist for the Princeton Times. Contact him at delimartman@yahoo.com

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