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Dee's Testimonial

Dee Hammen has been seeing providers at Ankeny Obstetrics and Gynecology since her first pregnancy in 2008. During her second pregnancy, Dee had high amounts of protein and high blood pressure, which led to pre-eclempsia.

Dr. Curtis Hoegh delivered Dee's first child, Dawson, in September 2008. She knew that for her second child she would return to the great care at Ankeny Obstetrics and Gynecology. The following is a testimonial from Dee written in her own words.

I Wasn't Just Another Patient - They Cared About Me and My Baby

I had been seeing doctors within UnityPoint Health for a number of years, so when I became pregnant with my first child, it made sense to me to make an appointment at Ankeny Obstetrics and Gynecology. I made an appointment with Dr. Whitney Brink. I was extremely excited and nervous to become a parent, so it was reassuring when Dr. Brink treated me with such great care and took time to answer all of my questions. She explained everything to me, and not in medical terms, but in ways that I could understand.

When I was about 20 weeks along in my pregnancy, I met with Dr. Curtis Hoegh for one of my appointments. I found that he was very entertaining to talk to and it seemed that his scheduling worked well for me, so I continued to see him for the remainder of my first pregnancy.

My water did not break with my first pregnancy, and Dr. Hoegh scheduled a C-section and delivered my baby boy, Dawson, on September 1, 2008. I had a wonderful experience with Dr. Hoegh and I knew that I would try to work with him again for my next child.

When I became pregnant a second time, I of course went to Ankeny Obstetrics and Gynecology. I met with Dr. Hoegh and he remembered the details of my first pregnancy. After a few appointments, I then met with Dr. Diana Kaufman, who was a new OB/GYN at the clinic. Dr. Kaufman was very fun to work with. She was laid back, easy to talk to, and I knew I could ask her any questions that I had.

In August, Dr. Kaufman noticed that I had high levels of protein. Because I had also had high blood pressure during some of my visits, she began to watch me very closely and had some tests done immediately to monitor the protein level. After the test results came in, Dr. Kaufman called me and stated that I would be having a baby. I replied with, "Yes, I know I'm having a baby, doctor." She said back, "No, like today. I want you to head over to Iowa Methodist Medical Center and get checked in." I had pre-eclampsia and the baby had to be delivered right away.

Unfortunately, Dr. Kaufman was working at the Ankeny clinic that day and was not able to deliver my baby. Dr. Paul Gisi delivered the baby, and I had never met him before, but he was great. Dr. Gisi performed a C-section and the baby was healthy. Everything went wonderfully.

What impressed me the most out of my experience delivering my second baby was that Dr. Kaufman got off work in Ankeny at 5:00 p.m. and was going to come to the hospital to see if she could deliver my baby. She thought though, that she would be too late, and she was right, I delivered my daughter, Hayleigh, at 5:01 p.m. Dr. Kaufman stopped by the hospital a couple days after I delivered Hayleigh to see how I was doing. She kept tabs on me during my hospital stay even after delivery to make sure that my blood pressure was okay.

I find it remarkable that the Ankeny staff, and the Iowa Methodist Medical Center staff, are able to treat you like a person and not just as a patient. I am sure they see hundreds of women, families and pregnancies each year and yet each doctor knows you by name and is able to recall your pregnancy. I am truly blessed to have met the doctors and nurses at Ankeny Obstetric and Gynecology, they are such amazing people.