Sherry's Story: Physician's Caring Attitude Makes a Difference

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In early 2008, Sherry Upton found out she was pregnant with her fourth child.


Recently relocated to Madison, she started the journey of looking for a new OBGYN. She made an appointment with Brenda Jenkin, MD, a UW Health obstetrician.


Sherry couldn't have made a better choice.


"Dr. Jenkin and her team were very helpful, caring and went out of their way to answer all of my questions and gave clear, informative answers," says Sherry.


In addition to Dr. Jenkin, she also met with nurses Jody Kessenich and Sheri Kvernen.


Sherry had little to no complications with the delivery of her three boys but the case was a little different with her fourth pregnancy.


As the pregnancy progressed, Dr. Jenkin noticed Sherry had a short cervix. With a short cervix, there was a possibility Sherry could have a premature baby. To monitor this condition, they required her to have weekly ultrasounds.


Due to the presence of frequent prelabor contractions, Dr. Jenkin ordered Sherry, at 24 weeks pregnant, to be put on strict bed rest and admitted her to Meriter Hospital.


Sherry credits Dr. Jenkin's foresight and caring attitude. "She was wonderful. Dr. Jenkin made a concerted effort to stop in and see me at least once a week when I was on bed rest. I felt better knowing Dr. Jenkin was a key part of my care."


While on bed rest, Sherry also had to deal with her grandmother's death.


"My grandmother was like my mom and my friend. It was a really hard time for me, especially not being able to leave my room while trying to plan the funeral. Dr. Jenkin and the care team at Meriter were great. They would go out of their way to check in on me and see how I was doing."


At 31 weeks, Sherry was released from Meriter and allowed to go home for the remainder of her pregnancy. Six weeks later, she gave birth to a baby girl. On July 22, 2008, Sarenity was delivered at 6 lbs., 9 ounces.


"Without Dr. Jenkin and her team, I am not sure if I would have made it through this pregnancy. Her caring attitude and willingness to always answer all of my questions helped put me at ease during that difficult time."