These medical professionals go by many names: the gynie, the OB, the baby doctor, or even the baby catcher
Maybe you are thinking about becoming pregnant, or you already are (congratulations!). Perhaps you are new to the Champaign-Urbana area, or perhaps your doctor has retired or moved. No matter why you are seeking a new provider — and regardless of your age or stage — rest assured, there are no shortage of high-quality gynecologists and obstetricians in our community.
Whenever we ask our readers for recommendations for Ob/Gyn health providers, the answers usually number in the hundreds and warm our hearts to read. We are indeed fortunate to have such well-loved doctors, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and midwives in our community.
Please remember that providers may change, may not be accepting new patients, may not have privileges at all hospitals, and may not be a good fit for every person… so be sure to do your own research!
Chambanamoms.com does not endorse or recommend medical professionals; all opinions expressed below are those of individual chambanamoms.com readers.
A few more details and definitions:
- “Obstetrics” (the “Ob” in “Ob/Gyn”) refers to the care of patients throughout pregnancy and during delivery. “Gynecology” refers to the care of patients with vaginas when they are not pregnant.
- “FACOG” = Fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. In order to earn this credential, a doctor (MD or DO) must first earn board certification in Ob/Gyn and then meet additional criteria relating to current Ob/Gyn practices.
- Other abbreviations used below: “PA” = Physician Assistant; “NP” = Nurse Practitioner; “CNM” = Certified Nurse Midwife
Many of these providers are based at the Christie Clinic in Champaign on University or the Champaign Surgery Center at the Fields; some may have hours in other Christie locations
Laura Darko, MD “One of the best human beings I’ve ever met.” “Dr. Darko delivered my daughter and was a sense of calm we all needed during the super rapid delivery!”
Juliana Garr, MD “She really listens and is very responsive to questions.” “Her vibe is always so calming to me.”
Kathryn Getty, APN, CNP “She’s always receptive to questions and makes sure you understand her answers. She also has a great sense of humor.”
Tamara Helfer, MD “She always takes her time with me.” “She’s incredibly knowledgeable, personable and funny. She really explains things well and listens. She got me through my high-risk twin pregnancy.”
Cathy Hinton, CNM “Love Cathy Hinton.” “The midwives at Christie were wonderful supports!”
Candace McGregor, MD “Had her for my first and now my second. She’s amazing!” “She truly listens and shows genuine compassion.” “She is absolutely fantastic. Very thorough, very conscientious, and very kind and easy to talk to.” “Very relatable.” “She never rushes through an appt and explains all options.”
Katy Scheiding, APN, FNP-BC “She’s the best!”
Sarah Winter, MD “Loved Dr. Winter.”
Sarah Young, MD, FACOG “Amazing, caring, knowledgable, professional, awesome, compassionate.” “She was so laid back and easy going and never made me feel pressured into anything.” “She is the sweetest person ever and did a great job at helping calm my nerves after some concerning test results with a twin pregnancy.”
Most of these providers are based in the Carle Urbana South Clinic; some may have hours in other Carle locations
Danielle Berger, NP “Approachable, flexible, and listens to your concerns/needs”
Tiffani C. Dillard, MD “I had to have a procedure done and she came in and held my hand as they put me to sleep. It was touching.” “Dr. Dillard saw me though a bad outcome and she was totally present and compassionate and all around wonderful.” “Absolutely love Dr. Dillard.”
Jessica Dyer, NP “Love her!”
Nancy E. Fay, MD (Gynecology only) “She’s an amazing GYN. Not everybody is having a baby, so she’s a great choice for a lot of people.” “Love her for my reproductive med needs!” At Carle Urbana on Windsor
Michael Hennesy, MD, FACOG “Very thorough, kind, and patient. Explains things very well. Did great with my c-section!” “He has made me feel comfortable at all of my appointments and taken his time to explain things and answer my questions.” “He was great for both my pregnancies.”
Aubrey Hudson, PA-C. “She is FANTASTIC!” “She was such a calming presence during a seemingly stressful and scary time!” ” I just love her honesty & straightforward attitude!” “I love Aubrey and truly credit her with “finding” my breast cancer. She recommended I have a baseline mammo at 37, which showed a pea sized tumor.”
Jeremy Johnson, MD, FACOG “Dr. J is AMAZING! He’s patient, kind, caring, & thorough. I ended up developing severe Preeclampsia & HELLP Syndrome & his care was top notch. With my second pregnancy he took all of my concerns & symptoms seriously.” “Dr. Johnson stayed THREE hours past his day’s end to make sure I got the procedure I needed that day (so I could go on vacation the next day). The man is a saint!”
Beverly London, MD “Proactive, caring and listened well.”
Dana Morrison, MD, FACOG “I’ve had her for two babies. She’s one of the best doctors I’ve ever had. She always listens and gives great guidance.” “She has incredible bedside manner and actually listens and can relate!” “Super down to earth, responsive, and chill – just my style.”
Ifeanyirochukwu Opoku, MD “She’s very warm and communicative.” “She delivered my twins – while she was pregnant with twins!!! I appreciate her so much!” “She is so wonderful and skilled. I recently had my second baby 3 weeks ago and Dr. Opoku was on top of things since my first appointment.”
Ismail Oshogwemoh, DO, FACOG “Dr. Oshogwemoh at Carle has been great! I got moved to him amidst some chaos with gestational hypertension when I couldn’t be with the midwives anymore. I’m just going to stay with him now. He definitely has a relaxed approach so if that’s your vibe, I recommend.” “I saw him for menopausal issues. He’s great.”
Jamie Pruitt, NP “Love her!”
Anna Lisa Schmitz, MD “Dr. Schmitz was amazing! She also stayed on until I delivered my daughter at 2 a.m. on Good Friday when she wasn’t required to. I can’t even begin to express the gratitude my husband and I have for her and the Carle team that took care of us the entire time!” ” She’s awesome.” “She’s kind and thorough.” “Caring.” “She is absolutely meant to be an OB- we love her!”
Midwifery at Carle (various locations) “I had wonderful births with them and I always left their office lifted up and encouraged.” “I love all the midwives at Carle.”