Sidney Health Center welcomes first baby of 2018
January 4, 2018
Joshua David Pewonka was the first baby born at Sidney Health Center in 2018.  Kira and Brock Pewonka of Sidney welcomed their baby boy on January 1 at 8:44 p.m.  He weighed 9 pounds 5.2 ounces and measured 20.4 inches long.  Joshua joins big sisters Jade and Keirstyn and big brother James.


As the first baby born at Sidney Health Center in 2018, Joshua and his parents received a gift basket full of baby items valued at more than $300 from the Sidney Health Center Caring Corner Gift Shop Volunteers.  

Although Joshua was the first baby born in 2018, 2017 was a busy year for the obstetric department.  In the past year, 180 babies were delivered at Sidney Health Center.  Ninety-two of the babies were girls while eighty-eight were boys.  Although the average number of babies born per month was 14, June was a busy month with 25 births.  

Sidney Health Center’s female Obstetrician Gynecologists provide essential obstetrical services to women living in the MonDak region including preconception counseling, genetic screening and diagnosis as well as management of both low and high risk pregnancies through delivery and follow-up care. Dr. Lisa Ross and Dr. Maula Tambi have been practicing in Sidney since summer 2016. 

The Sidney Health Center obstetric and newborn units feature Labor, Delivery, Recovery, Postpartum (LDRP) rooms. These rooms are equipped with Jacuzzi tubs and Hill-Rom birthing beds. During labor, options for pain medication are offered. A trained and experienced OB and Nursery Staff is available 24 hours a day.

The obstetric department also offers a One-Day Childbirth Class four times per year with the first one in 2018 scheduled for February 10 in the hospital classroom from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Registered nurse instructors will review the following topics: relaxation, anatomy and physiology of childbirth, types of delivery, anesthesia, breast feeding and child care.  The session is free of charge; however, donations up to $25 are gladly accepted to cover expenses.

Another option for those parents, who cannot attend conventional prenatal classes or would like home-based education, is the eLearning Childbirth Education Program.  It may also be used as a “refresher” course or to reinforce what you learned in class.  The interactive web-based program includes animated illustrations, videos and voice-overs and can be viewed on a PC, Mac or mobile devices.  More information about this web-based class is available through the Sidney Health Center OB Clinic.

If you would like more information about the Sidney Health Center obstetric department, please call (406) 488-2146 or visit us online at To make an appointment with Dr. Ross or Dr. Tambi, please call their office at (406) 488-2577.