Calmar family chooses midwifery for a personalized birth experience

Released: 05/09/18

Allanda and Mike Gehling of Calmar choose midwifery care for the birth of their three daughters.

Seven years ago, Allanda and Mike Gehling of Calmar, IA, were anxiously awaiting the arrival of their first daughter, Emaleigh. As new parents-to-be they were unsure of what was about to take place, or when, but with the care from Emily Young Johnson, CNM, Winneshiek Medical Center Certified Nurse Midwife, their nerves were eased with Young Johnson’s confident, soothing and comforting actions throughout their pregnancy and delivery.

“We are so blessed to have had Emily as our midwife for the pregnancy of our first child,” shares Allanda, “as well as being a part of the journey for our second and third deliveries.” Allanda and Mike have three daughters, Emaleigh (7), Isabelle (5) and Addison (1). “With Emily as our provider, each pregnancy went well; she was approachable, compassionate, flexible in her schedule and dedicated to serving our needs. I’ll always cherish the memories of my most recent pregnancy, as Emily let my older two daughters help her at my appointments and in the hospital after Addison was born. The girls truly felt they were involved and such special big sisters.”

Young Johnson’s practice focuses on women’s health and midwifery care at WMC’s Decorah, Ossian and Mabel Clinics. “The role of a midwife in the birth of a child is to provide family and women-centered care, concentrating on physical care, as well as emotional and social support,” says Young Johnson. “I listen and get to know my patients during their visits, so I may assist them in making informed decisions about their health care, according to their cultural values and personal preferences. I deeply enjoy being a resource, counselor, partner and provider to my patients throughout their lifespan.”

Allanda, a Loan Officer for Luana Savings Bank located in Ossian, was able to conveniently see Young Johnson in the Ossian Clinic for most prenatal appointments. “The care I received from those in the Ossian clinic was excellent. As a small community we are very fortunate to have such a great set up so close to home.”

“I can’t say enough good things about Emily. Throughout each labor and delivery she was right by my side, consoling me with her positive attitude and caring touch,” says Allanda. “The care she gave to my children following delivery was incredible; she will always have a great impact on our family.” To schedule an appointment with Emily Young Johnson in the Decorah, Ossian or Mabel Clinic, please call 563-382-2911.

Emily Young Johnson, CNM

Emily Young Johnson, CNM

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