Individualized obstetric care is provided by a highly skilled and diverse team of nurses and physicians.

Services provided in the Family Birthing Center include labor and delivery (including C-sections), post-partum care, and well newborn nursery care. The Center features a state-of-the-art centralized fetal monitoring system and a secure, limited-access nursery.

Skilled Staff 
The family birthing center is staffed by experienced registered nurses who are all certified in neonatal resuscitation. Lactation consultants and childbirth education courses are available.

Southwest Memorial Hospital Family Birthing  Center is open 24 hours a day.

Preparing for your visit: (PDF Worksheet Download)

Epidurals and 24/7 anesthesia are available. Epidural anesthesia is the most popular method of pain relief during labor. Women request an epidural by name more than any other method of pain relief. More than 50% of women giving birth at hospitals use epidural anesthesia. As you prepare yourself for “labor day,” try to learn as much as possible about pain relief options so that you will be better prepared to make decisions during the labor and birth process. Understanding the different types of epidurals, how they are administered, and their benefits and risks will help you in your decision-making during the course of labor and delivery. For more information on this subject, visit http://americanpregnancy.org/labor-and-birth/epidural/.

To help you become informed about you and your baby’s health during pregnancy:
• Questions & Answers about your Maternity Stay
• Obstetrics Packet: Providers, Birthing Center, Nurse Partnership
• Packing List
• Marijuana and Your Baby
• Medication List
• ACOG (American College of Obstetrics & Gynecologists): How to Tell When Labor Begins
• ACOG: A Partner’s Guide to Pregnancy
• ACOG: Morning SIckness: Nausea and Vomiting of Pregnancy
• ACOG: Bleeding During Pregnancy
• ACOG: Car Safety for Pregnant Women, Babies and Children
• ACOG: Tobacco, Alcohol, Drugs and Pregnancy
• ACOG: Prenatal Development – How Your Baby Grows During Pregnancy
• ACOG: Back Pain During Pregnancy

Erin Schmitt, DO, MPH, FACOG

Erin Schmitt, DO, MPH, FACOG

Southwest Medical Group, Market Street
Obstetrics & Gynecological Surgery

20 South Market Street, Suite 1,
Cortez, CO

Dr. Schmitt is an OB/GYN, specializing in obstetrics and minimally invasive gynecological surgery. She is Board Certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She graduated with honors from University Of New England, College Of Osteopathic Medicine in 2009, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and in 2010 with a Master of Public Health. Dr. Schmitt is accepting new OB and gynecology patients at Southwest Medical Group, Market Street.

Procedures include:

  • Minimally invasive surgery (laparoscopy)
  • Adnexal surgery (ovaries)
  • Cervical biopsy including colposcopy and conization
  • Sterilization
  • Repair of prolapse
  • Hysterectomies: vaginal, laparoscopic, abdominal
  • Hysteroscopy

To establish care as a new patient contact Southwest Medical Group Market Street at 970.565.4291.

Dr. Jeff Chamberlain

Jeff Chamberlain, MD

Obstetrics, Gynecology

Dr. Jeff Chamberlain grew up in Edmonton, Alberta, in western Canada. He received his BA in philosophy from Asbury College, in Wilmore, Kentucky, and then his master’s degree in physiology and biophysics from Georgetown University, in Washington, DC. He attended medical school at the University of Kentucky, receiving his MD in 2007. He completed his OB/GYN residency also at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Chamberlain practiced for 4 years in Kentucky, alongside his father, also an OB/GYN. In 2015, Dr. Chamberlain, his wife Maureen, and their young family re-located to Durango. Since then, he has been practicing gynecology and obstetrics in Durango, Pagosa, and Cortez. Dr. Chamberlain is a Fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and has been board certified since 2014.

Dr. Chamberlain is excited to be caring for women and their families in Southwest Colorado. When he’s not in the hospital or clinic, he enjoys exploring the mountains on skis, bikes or hikes with his wife and 3 young children.

*Dr. Chamberlain is currently operating out of multiple facilities as-needed.

Kameo Smith, DO

Kameo Smith, DO

Southwest Medical Group, Chestnut Street
Family Medicine, Obstetrics, Pediatrics, Women’s Health

118 N. Chestnut Street,
Cortez, CO

Medical School: Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
Residency: Greeley, Colorado
Directed a community health center in Socorro, New Mexico

Now accepting new obstetrical patients.

Marcelyn LePique, MD

Marcelyn LePique, MD, OB/GYN

Southwest Medical Group, Market Street
Obstetrics, Women’s Health

20 South Market Street, Suite 1,
Cortez, CO

Dr. LePique grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and went to college in St. Louis at Washington University on a full scholarship. She attended medical school at the University of Colorado, receiving her MD in 1986. She did her residency at St. Joseph Hospital in Milwaukee Wisconsin where she delivered LOTS of babies (over 10,000 to date)! Dr. LePique practiced for 10 years in Alaska, where she was Chair of the OB/Gyn Department, Chair of the OB Risk Management Committee, and also a Clinical Professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. LePique is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and has been Board Certified since 1993.

Dr. LePique loves pregnant women, and pregnant dogs. She has been a breeder of Golden Retrievers since 1980. When she is not delivering babies or puppies she likes to spend time with her husband, train and hike with her dogs, and swim. She is also an avid reader and a St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan.