Hello! I’m Sharon Ransom, MD. I’m an OB/GYN with Parkview Physicians Group – Midwest Community Health Associates (MCHA) in Bryan, Ohio. What do you want to know about your wonderful, beautifully created body? That’s exactly what I want to talk with you about on my blog. It’s a conversation. A new freedom. A new dialog.
I joined the Parkview Physicians Group –team in September 2012 and as the newest member of the obstetrics and gynecology team, I’m looking forward to serving the community of women and their families in northwest Ohio, northeast Indiana and southern Michigan.
I have lived and worked in the Midwest for most of my life, primarily Michigan and Indiana. I attended medical school at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan and completed my residency training in Lansing, Michigan.
Prior to joining the PPG – MCHA, I worked primarily in northwest Indiana and provided care for women in the communities of Hobart, Merrillville, East Chicago, Munster, Valparaiso, and Schererville.
I came of age in the city of Detroit amid the dynamic and historic cultural era that produced great cars, great music and places like the Ford Rotunda and Greenfield Village. Despite my intention to become an English teacher, I experienced several pivotal events that drew me to healthcare for women.
The first event occurred during my freshman year at Michigan State University. I was fortunate to meet a group of women who formed an off-campus organization called the Women’s Information Service. Our ad hoc social activism focused on creating awareness among our community by providing free information on healthcare, legal issues, sexual abuse, childcare, and employment.
The second event was the eye-opening experience of childbirth. Through my personal experiences, I became interested in birth and midwifery. Along with several women from the northern Michigan communities of Leelanau County, I helped to establish an organization called the Michigan Midwives Association. My interest in birth led me to a community known as “The Farm” in southern middle Tennessee. I was able to work for two years with Ina May Gaskin and the wonderful team of midwives who served their community and beyond.
During my time at The Farm, I was confronted with an important decision and decided to listen to my intuition and pursue the dream of becoming an obstetrician/gynecologist.
I have come to realize that the world is made of many different families which form small communities that grow into villages, towns and cities. Healthcare is a vital aspect for women and their families in all communities no matter how small.
Traveling has allowed me to reach out to distant communities and has broadened my experiences in women’s healthcare. I have developed the International Partnership for Reproductive Health, a non-profit organization focused on cervical cancer screening in Ethiopia. My year in New Zealand taught me that no matter where in the world we live, quality healthcare is provided when physicians listen to the women they serve.