For expectant mothers, we offer:

  • Vaginal Deliveries and C-Sections
  • Personalized obstetrics care plan for each individual patient
  • Certified Lactation Counselors
  • Skin to Skin Bonding is a focus immediately after delivery
  • Prenatal classes that prepare you to deliver and care for your baby
  • Opportunities to build relationships with the doctor and nurse who will be by your side on the delivery day


Dr. Brian Darnell

Dr. Jennifer Rice

Dr. Lisa Mullen

Free prenatal classes

It is important that your questions are answered when you are expecting a baby.  And most people have a ton of questions before the big day of delivery.  So, we offer free prenatal classes to our patients.  Registered Nurses and Lactation Consultants present the information in a relaxed and open atmosphere.  Talk with your doctor and nurse about getting signed up for our classes.

Cesarean delivery

At JCHC, there is a fully staffed and competent surgical team available 24 hours a day, and all of the Obstetric doctors are all fully qualified to do your C-Section.  You will have three doctors, several nurses and surgical techs in the room for your C-Section.  Your husband or significant other is warmly welcomed into surgery to witness the birth of your child.

Skin-to-skin bonding

According to Jeannette T. Crenshaw, writing for the Journal of Perinatal Education-

'What mothers and babies need most after birth is each other, with unlimited opportunities for skin-to-skin care and breastfeeding. When health professionals respect, honor, and support the physiologic need that mothers and babies have for each other after birth, they also improve the short- and long-term health outcomes for mothers and babies.'

At JCHC, we couldn’t agree more.  That is why we make it a priority in both C-Section deliveries and Vaginal deliveries to encourage skin to skin bonding moments between mom and baby as soon as possible.

Certified Lactation Counselors

Breastfeeding is a priority at JCHC and we want you to be able to make informed decisions when it is time to breastfeed your baby. That's why we offer free lactation services to all our moms and babies.

Our goal is to offer compassionate, patient-focused care using up to date research.  One of our highly trained certified lactation counselors will provide individualized, one on one counseling designed to meet the needs of you and your baby.

Lactation services are available before and after your delivery through the hospital and the clinic.  Please contact the clinic at 684-2228 to speak to a lactation counselor or for further questions.  If you have questions after clinic hours, please contact a nurse at the hospital by calling 684-5521.

  • Available before, during and after delivery
  • Individualized instruction and care
  • Free service
  • We use the latest in research based information

CLC's are members of the health care team who can provide knowledge and counseling about optimal and sub-optimal breastfeeding.  CLC's understand that breastfeeding decisions are made by the mother, who may have values and goals different from the counselor.  A counseling approach is used to gather information and provide appropriate support to the mother and her family.  CLC's work as part of the health care team, assuring appropriate referrals and recommendations.  CLC's are qualified to provide education, counseling and clinical management.

-- The Center for Breastfeeding, Healthy Children's Project

Testimonials about JCHC Obstetrics

Recently, I had a student who delivered her baby in your facility.  She could not stop raving about the wonderful care she received.  Thank you for making birth a positive, wonderful experience for moms, dads and babies.  I will definitely be sharing this wonderful experience with future students!

--Laura Simpson, Birth Boot Camp Instructor - Sheridan Wy

Dr. Rice, Crystal, Heidi and Surgery Crew,

Thank you all for your detailed care for our family during the pregnancy and birth of our daughter, Chloe. We felt that we were always in the best hands and received top notch care.  Although it was a long process that ended with a C-Section, we could not be more pleased with the outcome and how we were treated.  We were very impressed with all the help we received with breast feeding, and felt that you all helped to prepare us as new parents.  Thank you for all that you do!

Regards – Lauren and Cody Collins

I first came to JCHC in the fall of 2014.  I was three months pregnant and was not receiving the type of care I felt was of high quality at the time.  My concerns were dismissed and I was treated like a policy number in another facility.
It wasn’t until I made an appointment with Dr. Lisa Mullen that my entire experience shifted.  I was a first time mom experiencing a difficult pregnancy and I was terrified.  I knew from the moment I was in Dr. Mullen’s presence that I would be seen as a person first – not a number or a patient file – and I was no longer fearful.
Dr. Mullen is someone with a uniquely gentle spirit who listens with intention, demonstrates compassion, and empathizes with your fears and concerns.  She’s the kind of doctor who will hold your hand during labor and tell you, “you’ve got this”.  These are traits largely missing from the general healthcare landscape.
My family and I have been so impressed with the care she’s provided, along with the rest of the members of JCHC – medical practitioners and staff alike – that we recommend your facility to everyone we know.  It is more than worth the 34 mile drive from Sheridan – even while in labor!  JCHC is the barometer by which other facilities should be measured.  Thank you for your constant care and love.

Sincerely,  Dr. Erin Nitschke

Our experience was excellent, all staff members were very helpful and friendly.  Myself and our daughter both received excellent care.

From the very first day I found out we were expecting I was a nervous wreck.  As a nurse, I knew very well that bad things could happen, and do happen.  My husband and I were overjoyed with the news we were going to have a baby and couldn't wait for our first visit.  We chose Dr. Mullen as our provider, and felt very lucky that we would have such great care with someone who is so passionate about their work.  From that first visit on, she took the time to listen to my fears and calm my nerves, even with many phone calls in between appointments, and for that I thank her!  The nursing staff at the clinic was also so wonderful about listening to my endless "what if's" more times than I care to admit.  When the big day finally came, it was an evening and I wasn't really even sure I was in labor so we went in just to check.  Sure enough, we were admitted and ready to get started on the next big chapter of our lives.  The care we received from that moment on, and all of the support through laboring my first born, was absolutely wonderful.  I felt so supported and encouraged, even when I felt like giving up and asking for an elective C-section.  We were gifted a healthy baby girl, the best gift one could ever receive. I'll never forget those moments of my life that started me on my journey to motherhood and the awesome team of care providers that shared the road with us!  Thank you Dr. Mullen and all of the nursing staff both in the clinic and in the hospital for such a wonderful experience.  We can't wait to do it again sometime.


Tanja Horner RN, CLC

Home Health and Hospice

Dear Board and Team at JCHC

I want to say thank you to the amazing team that helped throughout pregnancy and delivery.  This includes: Dr. Rice and the fabulous clinic team, Nicole Ferguson, Heather Gilbert, Mary Litzel, Jeff Edstrom,(and I am sure others I am forgetting!)  Buffalo is so blessed to have such an amazing team.  I always felt like my daughter and I were in the best of hands!  We are so blessed to have such wonderful healthcare providers!

Shanda, Manny, Ellisin and Quinn Rodriguez

I chose to have my baby at JCHC because I work with these people every day, and I trust them with my life and the life of my new baby.  It was also important to me to have my doctor present for my delivery because we developed a close relationship during my pregnancy.  Lastly, I enjoy the fact that since the physicians are family practice doctors, I can take my entire family to one place!

Brandi Hart

Why primary care and family medicine?

Family Doctors are trained in all areas of medicine.  They can diagnose and treat the full range of problems that people usually bring to their doctors.  OB, Pediatrics, Emergency and Geriatric care are all part of Family Medicine.

Your family doctor knows when to treat you, and if necessary, when to bring in another doctor for specialized care.  Especially when you are pregnant, having someone who takes care of your whole family, knows your life and health history, AND can care for the other routine things that come along the way is a real help.

When you talk to people who have had a Family Doctor care for them during pregnancy and delivery, they overwhelmingly say that they felt much more of a personal connection with their physician.  Many speak of having more time with their doctor for education, questions and care before, during and after delivery.

To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors who deliver babies, call the Family Medical Center of Johnson County ((307) 684-2228 and begin your journey with us.

Why Johnson County Healthcare Center?

JCHC offers a full range of medical services. We offer 24 hour emergency care, hospice and home care. We also have a surgical suite, deliver babies, and offer laboratory, radiology, physical therapy, respiratory care and have all of the diagnostic equipment needed to offer full service care. In addition to our 7 Family Physicians, JCHC employs 1 General Surgeon and 3 Physician Assistants on active staff. Visiting specialists see patients in our clinic regularly. Specialties covered in Buffalo include Cardiology, Orthopedics, Neurology, Radiology and Vascular Care.

What about safety?

  • Our full team is always on standby, should any complications arise
  • Three doctors are present during any C-section at JCHC to ensure you and your baby receive the most comprehensive possible care
  • Every one of our obstetrics doctors is trained in pediatric and obstetric life support

The doctors at JCHC are fully trained and qualified to do regular vaginal deliveries and perform C- Sections.  A surgical team and two other doctors always assist in the operating room for a C-Section, and they are always on standby when a patient is in labor.
All JCHC Obstetric doctors are trained in Pediatric Life Support, Obstetric Life Support, and CPR, and are able to handle emergencies - even if one happens in the delivery room.

And, when there is a bigger issue, or you need a higher level of care, our Family Doctors will send you on to the very same specialists that any doctor in the region would call upon.

And because our doctors have good relationships with specialists from all over our region, they don't hesitate to call on them for advice, to transfer care, or just to reassure you.

(307) - 684-2228