Dr. Sheila Drnec is an obstetrician/gynecologist with Mercy Clinic Women's Health - Fenton. She earned her doctor of osteopath degree from Des Moines University in Des Moines, Iowa and completed an OB/GYN residency at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Michigan. With extended family in St. Louis, Dr. Drnec visited often an even worked a summer at Six Flags St. Louis when she was in college.
Did you always know you wanted to be a doctor?
No, I didn't always know I wanted to be a doctor. I started in another career working in research and had a significant life event that changed my path. While working with an international non-government organization in Kathmandu, Nepal, through my graduate studies at UC-Davis, I realized my life’s work should be more directly with people. Upon returning home, I completed a Masters in Science in Nutrition at UC-Davis, and switched to medical school.
What drew you to the OB/GYN specialty?
Obstetrics and gynecology is a wonderful specialty because we serve as primary care physicians, surgeons of the pelvis and assist with the most amazing aspect of life - labor and birth. OB/GYN often attracts a certain personality type with acute attention to detail, high standards for precision and accuracy, balanced with a keen sense of compassion for others - which are all characteristics that resonate with me.
What made you want to join Mercy?
I considered the decision to join Mercy one of the most important decisions of my life. Moving from another state, my husband and I wanted to choose a diverse city to raise our twins and I wanted to choose a hospital dedicated to growth and the care of patients over profits as well as one in which I could grow and be happy through retirement.
St. Louis has many draws and Mercy was definitely one of them. I was sincerely impressed with the attention Mercy provides for Women’s Care, as evidenced by the low-risk Mercy Birthing Center Midwifery Care. It's the best low-intervention birthing center I have ever seen. (For those who would want a home-birth atmosphere, this is the place to go.) Most OB/GYN doctors are cautious when it comes to the idea of home births. The American Cogress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists published a Committee Opinion with data from home births showing a twofold increase in perinatal death, and a threefold increase in neonatal seizures or other neurologic dysfunction. The soothing atmosphere of the Mercy Birthing Center is an excellent choice for those desiring a “home birth” in a safe environment. It's separate from the Labor and Birth suites, but if there is an emergency, the mom and baby can be taken quickly to the L&B suites. This attention to detail and “compassionate care and exceptional service” is what made me want to join Mercy.