Pregnancy & Birth

What is Obstetrics?

Obstetrics deals with the care of pregnant women, the unborn baby, labor and delivery and the immediate period following childbirth. The obstetric provider ensures that mother and child get the best prenatal care to ensure labor and delivery is accomplished without complications and that should intervention be needed, it is done quickly and safely.


The medical specialty of obstetrics has made pregnancy and childbirth a life changing event to be embraced with confidence knowing that modern medicine has made the process safe and predictable.


Charles Cunningham, MD, FACOG

(641) 782-3944

Family Medicine/OB

Karen Krogstad, MD

(641) 782-2131

Midwife Services

Heather Foresman, CNM, WHNP, APRN

(641) 782-3944

Pregnancy & Birth at Greater Regional Health

Finding out you are pregnant can be an exciting but nerve-wracking time. Our providers are here to help you every step of the way.

Greater Regional offers a variety of options when it comes to obstetric services. Patients may choose from ob-gyn, family medicine, or midwife services for their pregnancy and birth journey.

We provide obstetric care from preconception counseling and infertility services, through delivery, and into the postpartum period.


Our obstetric providers will ensure both mother and baby are safely guided through all phases of pregnancy and childbirth. Whether the baby is delivered vaginally or through a planned or emergency caesarian section, our providers are trained to handle any change that is presented during the natural, but sometimes complex process of childbirth. If a C-section is needed, our Surgery Center is down the hall from the Birthing Center.


We offer prenatal classes, breastfeeding resources and individual teaching to help you and your baby get the best start possible.


Following delivery, we focus on the health of the mother and child, ensuring that both make the transition into routine daily life.

Our Providers

Charles Cunningham, MD, FACOG
Karen Krogstad, MD
Heather J. Foresman, CNM, WHNP

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Contact Us

OB/GYN and Urology Clinic

First Floor Medical Arts Plaza

1700 W. Townline St

Creston, IA 50801

Primary Care Clinic

Second Floor Medical Arts Plaza

1700 W. Townline St

Creston, IA 50801

Greater Regional Birthing Center

Lactation Consultant



8 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Prenatal & Breastfeeding Classes at Greater Regional Health

Come join our in person class "The Gift of Motherhood," an in depth journey through the last trimester of pregnancy, labor, delivery, postpartum, and breastfeeding. This class includes a birth video and tour of labor and delivery taught by Jill John, Director of OB. The class also includes information on breastfeeding, presented by our International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Tricia Williams. The best time to take the class is when you are at 28 weeks or after and you can bring your support person!

Classes are located in the Medical Arts Plaza Conference room. Classes are from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Contact Jill John, (641) 782-3669, for more information.

2022 Classes-

November 5th, 2022

2023 Classes-

January 28

March 11

May 13

July 15

September 16

November 18th

Meet Our Providers


Charles Cunningham,

"I wholeheartedly believe that communication is the key to good healthcare."


Karen Krogstad,

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Heather Foresman,

"I want to empower women to plan and get the best care for women's health problems.