Franciscan opens midwifery center in Crown Point • Northwest Indiana Business Magazine

Franciscan opens midwifery center in Crown Point

The Franciscan Physician Network Center for Midwifery
The Franciscan Physician Network Center for Midwifery is open in Crown Point and staffed by certified nurse midwives (from left) Heather Jackson, Jessica Jenkins, Lori Oxley and Shannon Markle. (Provided by Franciscan Health)

The Franciscan Physician Network Center for Midwifery in Crown Point recently joined the health system's network of physicians and care options.

Patients can seek care for pregnancy, menopause and wellness, among other services, at the center in the Medical Arts Building adjacent to Franciscan Health Crown Point, 297 W. Franciscan Drive, Suite 103B. Franciscan Health Crown Point also offers maternal fetal medicine specialists and emergency obstetric care, along with general maternal care.

Four certified nurse midwives will staff the center, including Shannon Markle, Heather Jackson, Jessica Jenkins and Lori Oxley.

“Franciscan Health Crown Point has consistently built and broadened our services to meet the needs of the community by advancing technology such as our robotics program, broadening our expertise as evidenced with our partnership with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital for neonatal intensive care services, and now, expanding our choices for women’s services through our midwifery center,” said Franciscan Health Crown Point President and CEO Daniel McCormick, in a press release.

Franciscan also plans to open another midwifery office at Franciscan Point, 12800 Mississippi Parkway in Crown Point.

Franciscan Health Crown Point's Family Birth Center was recertified by the Indiana State Department of Health in 2022 as a Level III obstetric and neonatal level of care facility. Lurie Children’s neonatologists staff the NICU through a partnership with Franciscan that began last fall.


  • Heather Pfundstein

    Heather Pfundstein is the managing editor of Northwest Indiana Business Magazine and She is an award-winning journalist with more than 25 years of experience in Northwest Indiana and northern Illinois newsrooms. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from Southern Illinois University. She has worked for the magazine since 2018.

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