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

Services 
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.

Hours 
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

Southwest Medical Group, Market Street
Obstetrics & Gynecological Surgery

20 South Market Street, Suite 1,
Cortez, CO
970-565-4291

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 originally from Massachusetts and received her training in Portland, Maine. Dr. Schmitt was a health volunteer for over 2 years in the Peace Corps in Togo, Africa after college which became the most influential pieces of her life that directed her into healthcare. She knew she wanted to practice obstetrics because she enjoyed being a part of such an important and special part of a woman and family’s life and wanted to be able to provide care in those special moments.

As a 3rd year medical student, she worked with a physician in New York who had a wonderful community practice where realized how much she loved the spectrum of care for women of all ages. She developed a passion for operating as well during her years of training, and knew she wanted to be immersed in a community and provide care for women. Dr. Schmitt feels it’s so important to live in the community where she practices because it is critical for women to have care, close to home.

Dr. Schmitt completed her residence in Shiprock, New Mexico and worked there for 4 years. She is passionate about caring for underserved populations. Through her travel around the world, she developed a special appreciation for meeting new people, learning about different cultures and having new experiences. She has been a part of mission trips to Peru where she did gynecological surgery and was able to travel back to Togo to reconnect with the community and see familiar faces.

In her free time, she and her husband love to travel and have visited Indonesia and Israel. She enjoys running, yoga and skiing and is looking forward to ski season. Together they have a new baby boy, Liam, who was born earlier in 2017.

Dr. Schmitt is accepting new OB and gynecology patients at Southwest Medical Group, Market Street.

About OB/GYN

Obstetrics is all healthcare related to women that are pregnant. Prenatal, birthing plans, post partum care. OB’s can take care of higher risk moms. Gynecology is all women’s health not related to pregnancy. Pap smears, pelvic pain, ovarian cysts, hysterectomies, menopause, incontinence, and more.

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.

Francis Goldshmid, MD

Southwest Medical Group, Market Street
Obstetrics

20 South Market Street, Suite 1
Cortez, CO
970-565-4291

Francis Goldshmid, MD is a family medicine physician who is fellowship-trained in surgical obstetrics. He is originally from Philadelphia, PA, and is a first generation Russian-American. He attended medical school at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX and completed his family medicine residency at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, TX. He then completed his maternal-child health fellowship at the same institution, during which time he also spent some months providing surgical obstetric services overseas in Uganda. Soon after, he met his partner, Kelsey Anderson, RD, LD, CNSC, and after both practicing in the very rural west Texas town of Alpine for the last year, they decided to relocate to the greener pastures of the beautiful Four Corners area. He is fluent in Russian and near-fluent in Spanish. His interests outside of medicine include making music, long-boarding, exploring nature, organic chemistry, and Buddhism. He and his partner are absolutely thrilled to be working with Southwest Health and to have the honor and privilege of caring for the patients here.

He will practice alongside Marcelyn LePique, FACOG, Kameo Smith, DO, and Erin Schmitt, FACOG, MPH, DO. To schedule an appointment, contact us at 970-565-4291.

Kameo Smith, DO

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

118 N. Chestnut Street,
Cortez, CO
970-564-9777

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

Kameo Smith, DO grew up in Loveland, Colorado and attended medical school in Pomona California at the Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. She completed her residency in Greeley, Colorado. She directed a Community Health Center in Socurro, New Mexico. She has 2 dogs, loves to read, travel, scrap book, and watch the Broncos.

Smith said for many patients, prenatal care can feel routine, These appointments help doctors and nurses build stronger relationships with patients.“When people aren’t comfortable for whatever reason, they are more anxious,” Smith said. “So I think making a patient feel comfortable and at ease with something that is a very natural process is extremely important.”

Smith says when she counsels patients about what to expect in labor, she tells them to keep their options open. In her experience, things don’t always go as planned, but that doesn’t mean they don’t go well.

“It’s one of those things in life you have very little control over – and that is OK,” she said. “You have to be flexible, and respond to things as they change so you can have a safe outcome for everyone. Communication is a huge part of that.”

Now accepting new obstetrical patients.

Marcelyn LePique, MD

Marcelyn LePique, MD, OB/GYN Obstetrics and Gynecology

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

20 South Market Street, Suite 1,
Cortez, CO
970-565-4291

Dr. LePique is an obstetrician and gynecologist in Cortez, Colorado. She 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.