Meet Dr. Philip Clements, OB/GYN

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Meet Dr. Philip Clements, OB/GYN

A strong desire to help people optimize their health and family objectives inspired Dr. Philip Clements to go into medicine. After 6 years of working per diem with Burdett Birth Center, he joined our team as a full-time provider just a few months ago. As a generalist (OB/GYN), with a primary interest in OB, Dr. Clements brings over 25 years in practice, is board certified with the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) and adds a wealth of experience and knowledge to our team. Dr. Clements specifically looks forward to contributing his expertise in carefully managing high-risk pregnancies.

“I’ve had the opportunity over the years to work at Albany Medical Center, St. Peter’s Hospital and Samaritan Hospital and Burdett Birth Center,” he says. “Patients can be confident that they will receive quality care and still be able to have the birthing experience that they desire.”

What Dr. Clements loves most about Burdett Birth Center is that we provide care for women with low-risk pregnancies which allows flexibility in creating the birth experience that expectant mothers are looking for while having the capabilities to handle any issues that arise. He also likes the family culture at Burdett.

“Our doctors and midwives are a strong, close-knit team who work together to provide exceptional birthing experiences for families,” he says. “Burdett Birth Center is also one of the only places in the Capital Region that has Labor, Delivery, Recovery and Postpartum LDRP rooms.”

His advice to women choosing a birth center? “Choose a place where you feel most comfortable because having a baby will be one of the most memorable experiences of your life.”

Aside from practicing medicine and helping families bring new additions into the world, Dr. Clements enjoys many spectator sports and cheering on all of New York’s professional teams.

This profile is part of a series of blog articles about the doctors, midwives, nurses and other providers at Burdett Birth Center. We hope it helps you get to know us a little better.

 

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Deb Griner and Maureen Murphy Share What They Like Most About Delivering at Burdett

Earlier this year, St. Peter’s Health Partners announced that Capital Region Midwifery and its team of licensed midwives have joined St. Peter’s Health Partners Medical Associates (SPHPMA). This is great news for us at Burdett, as this means this outstanding team will continue to deliver here!

The midwives are also happy as well. Deb Griner, CNM, talks about what makes Burdett Birth Center a great place to have a baby in the video below. With large, comfortable rooms, we try our best to create a homelike setting for mothers during labor and delivery. Deb has been a part of the team at Burdett Birth Center, first as a member of our staff from 2012 – 2013. After that, she returned to school and completed her education to become a certified nurse midwife (CNM). You can get to know Deb a little more by reading her provider profile.

For Maureen Murphy, MS, CM, she enjoys working at Burdett Birth Center because we are community oriented with a strong team of nurses, midwives, staff and OB/GYNs. In addition, the nurses are trained in natural births, just like the midwives. She goes into more detail in the video below. In her practice, Maureen is a proponent of providing individualized and culturally-competent care to women and families, all while minimizing technological interventions. You can get to know Maureen a little more by reading her provider profile.

For more information on some of the dedicated, exceptional providers that delivery at Burdett, take a look at our provider series. We hope it helps you get to know us a little better.

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Meet Debra Griner, CNM at Burdett Birth Center

Debra Griner was part of the staff at Burdett Birth Center from 2012 – 2013. It was then after that she decided to return to school and complete her education to become a certified nurse midwife (CNM), which she did through Philadelphia University. She has been a registered nurse (RN) for 32 years and continues her role as a per-diem RN in the Clinical Decision Unit at Samaritan Hospital. She promotes furthering education, which is something that she did when she was in her early 50s.

Fueled by her passion for women’s healthcare and the enjoyment that she gets caring for patients, she also likes to discuss preventative medicine with women and encourages patients to keep up to date with annual exams and recommended screenings.  “I enjoy attending to and encouraging women throughout the labor and delivery process,” she says. “And watching them bring a new little life into the world leaves me full of complete wonder.”

When choosing a birth center, Griner advises expectant moms to choose one that best meets their needs. Do your homework! Take the time to tour the facility, speak with the staff and ask questions. (One great opportunity to do this is by attending BBC’s quarterly Mothers In The Middle program, one of several childbirth education classes that we offer.) Many women embrace the “home-like atmosphere” in the birthing rooms at Burdett Birth Center, making BBC a good choice for women, she adds.

When she’s not working as a CNM or an RN, Griner enjoys shopping, travelling (especially on beach vacations), attending concerts, sporting events and dining out. She has been married for 36 years and has three grown children.

This profile is part of a series of blog articles about the doctors, midwives, nurses and other providers at Burdett Birth Center. We hope it helps you get to know us a little better.

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Meet Shelby Robertson, CNM at Burdett Birth Center

Shelby Robertson started working at Burdett Birth Center (BBC) as a registered nurse (RN) in labor and delivery. Now, she is very excited to be back at BBC and working alongside the wonderful midwives of Capital Region Midwifery. For Robertson, the field of healthcare, specifically nursing, provides extensive opportunities to help others at some of the most vulnerable times in their lives. “It is both humbling and an honor to provide care at these moments,” she says.

Robertson is very passionate about working with families during their prenatal care, labor, and birth to create a focus on the family unit. In addition, she enjoys educating teens regarding healthy lifestyle, nutrition, and safe sex practices to foster strength and confidence. When asked about what she enjoys most about her role today as a CNM at Burdett Birth Center, she responds by talking about what she finds most rewarding, “I love the opportunity to meet a woman and her family at a preconception appointment, or when she first finds out that she’s pregnant, and walk alongside them through their journey to parenthood.”

When choosing a birth center, Robertson recommends that expectant moms know the type of birthing options in their area and see what is the best fit for the birth they are hoping for. “We are fortunate here in the Capital Region to have many options to fit what families are looking for,” she says. She mentions that BBC is a good choice for women because we provide wonderfully supportive staff, experienced physicians and midwives, beautiful birthing rooms, hydrotherapy, and much more.

When Shelby Robertson is not caring for mothers-to-be or educating teens regarding best practices for their health and well-being, she is a parent to two children. Her sweet and energetic seven-year-old son loves to build and makes her living room into an obstacle course. Her sweet five-year-old daughter keeps her on our toes and laughing. “The prenatal care and delivery of my son helped me to find the midwifery model of care and shaped the midwife I was to become,” she shares. “My second birth was everything I had hoped for and helped me regain strength and be an active participant in the birthing process.”

This profile is part of a series of blog articles about the doctors, midwives, nurses and other providers at Burdett Birth Center. We hope it helps you get to know us a little better.

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Meet Pamela Platis, CNM at Burdett Birth Center

Pamela Platis always gravitated toward medicine. She began her career as a registered nurse (RN) in labor and delivery for a number of years. “I found myself thinking ‘There has to be a better way for these women to birth,’,” she says. From there, she went to midwifery school, earning her advanced certification in Nurse-Midwifery (CNM) from SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. Midwifery, Platis explains, is such a unique specialty in itself. Her focus is on midwifery education to teach the next generation of midwives.

Platis has been with Burdett Birth Center (BBC) since the very beginning when St. Mary’s Hospital and Samaritan Hospital merged together in 2011. At that time, we were known as Burdett Care Center. (Our current name, Burdett Birth Center, became official in January 2017.) Since day one, Platis has strived to be a resource for colleagues and patients and a person to rely on. She was a part of the original Perinatal Safety Committee, which has morphed into a department-wide meeting, as safety is definitely something that everyone at Burdett takes to heart. When asked what she enjoys most about her role at Burdett Birth Center, she replies, “The everyday work I do helping families has kept me coming back every day for 25 years.”

When choosing birth centers, Platis offers expectant moms the following advice, “Check Cesarean rates! Also, check facility rules and be sure you can agree with them. Make sure they have options for labor like BBC does.” Indeed, these different options to use in labor to help women get through it are important along with a flexible staff that can work with a variety of personalities. All of these things make Burdett a great place for women to give birth.

When Pamela Platis is not caring for mothers-to-be, new moms and babies, her own teenage daughter keeps her very busy! Her husband, Paul, runs his own Capital Region-based business, Old Saratoga Spice Rubs. Summers in Upstate New York are usually wonderful. For Pamela Platis and her family, they enjoy travelling north to their camp on the St. Lawrence River and spending time on their boat.

This profile is part of a series of blog articles about the doctors, midwives, nurses and other providers at Burdett Birth Center. We hope it helps you get to know us a little better.

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Dr. Ellen Biggers Discusses Role of OB/GYN at Burdett Birth Center

“Burdett Birth Center is a unique birth experience because we try to focus on the individual patient,” begins Ellen Biggers, MD, an OB/GYN with Samaritan who delivers at Burdett Birth Center. “We work hard to make the Burdett Birth Center experience optimal for our patients.”

After delivering her first baby in 1981, Dr. Biggers knew being an OB/GYN was her calling. Now Dr. Biggers practices and promotes focusing on a family care model to best support laboring mothers and their families stating that, “by supporting the family we’re really supporting the woman’s health and the baby’s health, as well.”

Watch this short video to hear more from Dr. Biggers on why Burdett Birth Center isn’t just providing a unique birthing experience, but also how Burdett is equipped, trained, and ready to handle all birthing situations:

This profile is part of a series of blog articles about the doctors, midwives, nurses and other providers at Burdett Birth Center. We hope it helps you get to know us a little better.

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Meet Christopher Bloss, OB/GYN at Burdett Birth Center

“Well I can speak very well to Burdett, because we’ve had our last two children at Burdett,” begins Christopher Bloss, MD, an OB/GYN with Capital Region Women’s Care who delivers at Burdett Birth Center.

As a father and an OB/GYN, Dr. Bloss knows a thing or two about family. And family is the word that comes to mind when he thinks about the relationship between the patients and staff at Burdett.

One thing that stands out about the nursing staff at Burdett to Dr. Bloss? The way in which the care teams prepare mothers and families postpartum. “When patients go home, they’re ready. They’ve got their questions answered and they know what they can expect.”

Watch this short video to hear more from Dr. Bloss and get to know him a little bit better:

This profile is part of a series of blog articles about the doctors, midwives, nurses and other providers at Burdett Birth Center. We hope it helps you get to know us a little better.

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Meet Dina Gottesman, DO at Burdett Birth Center

Burdett Birth Center’s Dina Gottesman, DO, started her medical career in New York City. For her, the contrast between delivering babies at large tertiary care centers and Burdett Birth Center is significant.

“At Burdett Birth Center, the relationship with anesthesia and our nursing staff is so different,” explains Dr. Gottesman. She goes on to describe Burdett’s food policy, availability of birthing balls and hydrotherapy options, and the “different, more-comfortable, mom-in-control” environment.

Get to know more about Dr. Gottesman and hear her favorite part of her role at Burdett Birth Center:

This profile is part of a series of blog articles about the doctors, midwives, nurses and other providers at Burdett Birth Center. We hope it helps you get to know us a little better.

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Meet Linda Balles, a Certified Nurse Midwife at Burdett Birth Center

“I got into midwifery more as a calling,” explains Linda Balles, a Certified Nurse Midwife who entered the profession after the care she received from a midwife during the birth of her first child went “above-and-beyond” her expectations.

“I loved it, and I felt this is something I want to do,” explains Balles about the choice to become a midwife 18 years ago. For Balles, that love continues nearly two decades later – especially when she gets to witness mothers holding their babies for the first time.

In this video, Balles discusses why Burdett Birth Center is an ideal choice for women seeking midwifery care, how Capital Region Midwifery – a practice that she co-owns – works directly with Samaritan OB/GYN, water birth options in the area and more.

This profile is part of a series of blog articles about the doctors, midwives, nurses and other providers at Burdett Birth Center. We hope it helps you get to know us a little better.

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Meet Brijesh K. Tantuwaya, Pediatrician at Burdett Birth Center

For Brijesh K. Tantuwaya, MD, the motivation to pursue a career as a pediatrician was spurred by a desire to work closely with children and families, and to help them to become happier and healthier. He’s been one of three St. Peter’s Health Partners’ pediatricians working with families who deliver at Burdett for one year now, but he brings with him over 22 years of experience in keeping families happy and healthy, including newborn babies.

In his role at Burdett, Dr. Tantuwaya has interests in advocating breastfeeding and safe sleep campaigns for newborn children. Typically, he’ll meet with expectant mothers before delivery to discuss breastfeeding options and answer any questions that come up. For women who have trouble breastfeeding, Dr. Tantuwaya helps to determine and work through roadblocks.  He also works with adolescents and teens, in which he specializes in asthma and respiratory management and ADHD management.

In addition to his special interests in his field, Dr. Tantuwaya wears a few different hats. He mentors and teaches nursing and physician assistant students, and plays a key role in promoting Burdett as a Baby Friendly Birth Center.  He also participates in the Mothers in the Middle program at Burdett and the Journey Through the Body educational program for kids at Crossgates Mall. His favorite part of his role, however, is helping to deliver healthy babies. Witnessing the miracle of life enter the world to smiling family members is what he finds most rewarding as a pediatrician.

Why does Dr. Tantuwaya think Burdett is good choice for families? “In addition to the excellent staff available 24 hours a day, we promote natural births, breastfeeding, skin-to-skin contact right after birth and minimal separation between mom and baby,” explains Dr. Tantuwaya. “We are always open to suggestions and ideas about how we can make Burdett Birth Center a better place for patients, staff, friends and family.” For families who are considering Burdett, Dr. Tantuwaya suggests stopping by for a tour and to talk with staff about how we can make your birth experience the best it can be.

When Dr. Tantuwaya is not at the hospital or on-call, he enjoys keeping fit both mentally and physically, laughing with friends and family and volunteering at his 9-year-old daughter’s school.

This profile is part of a series of blog articles about the doctors, midwives, nurses and other providers at Burdett Birth Center. We hope it helps you get to know us a little better.