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Laborist Program

Laborist Program

Our capacity to care continues to grow. Why does this matter? Because we connect outstanding doctors with a team of resources and technology to help them do their jobs even better - putting your mind at ease during the most unexpected of situations.

Launched at our Mishawaka Campus in February 2013, our Laborist Program is the first of its kind in Northern Indiana. Offered through The Family Birthplace, this specialized program consists of board-certified OB/GYNs from OB/GYN Associates of Northern Indiana (OBNI), who are onsite in the middle of the night and on weekends. Should the need arise, our Laborists provide the highest level of care to pregnant and laboring moms through:

  • immediate, onsite consultations

  • emergency management 

  • assistance in delivery

The Laborist Program does not change the relationship between the patient and her regular OB/GYN physician. Rather, the role of the Laborist is to provide timely, advanced care for patients who arrive at the hospital with emergent needs.

Click here to learn more about the Laborist Program.

Coupled with 24-hour dedicated OB anesthesia services and 24-hour access to a Neonatologist to attend difficult births, SJRMC and OBNI are proud to set a new standard for access to specialty OB services and high quality care in our region. The Mishawawka Campus also has the ability to provide immediate diagnosis and care for newborns who need extra attention in our Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

Meet our Laborists:
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Michele L. Ashton, MD, FACOG

Tracy Swetz Byrne, MD, FACOG

Leonard R. Ferguson, MD, FACOG

Kelly Wayne McGuire, MD, FACOG




Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center  |  5215 Holy Cross Parkway, Mishawaka, IN 46545  |  574-335-5000

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