Steamboat Springs OB-GYN to deliver the last of more than 2,000 babies next month |

Steamboat Springs OB-GYN to deliver the last of more than 2,000 babies next month

After 20 years and the delivery of more than 2,000 babies, Dr. Leslie Ahlmeyer, front, will deliver her last baby this May. Ahlmeyer will then focus on gynecology and surgery, and, along with her staff at Yampa Valley OB/GYN, will continue to provide women’s health services for all other stages of life.
Matt Stensland

— Some of the fondest memories Dr. Leslie Ahlmeyer has of her two decades in Steamboat Springs include the deliveries of more than 2,000 local babies.

She’s delivered babies at every hour of the day and night and watched a community of infants progress through adolescence and become adults.

“What a privilege it has been to be a part of people’s lives that way,” Ahlmeyer said Thursday, from the couch of her practice’s waiting room, which co-workers joked is like a family living room.

After 20 years as one of the only OB-GYNs in Steamboat Springs, Ahlmeyer is leaving behind the obstetrics portion of her career to focus on gynecological and surgical patients.

Her last delivery is scheduled for the end of May.

“There’s a lot of mixed feelings about this,” she said.

At 57, Ahlmeyer said she’s surpassed the typical age where OB-GYNs forgo the delivering part of their profession, and she’s looking forward to getting a good night’s sleep each night.

For the past 20 years, Ahlmeyer has always been on call either every night, every other or every third night in case an expectant mother goes into labor.

It was not unusual over the years for Ahlmeyer to rush to the hospital for a middle of the night delivery, finish her work and head home for a morning cup of coffee with her husband, Brad Piske.

“I wouldn’t even know she’d been gone,” said Piske, who is quick to recognize his wife’s dedication to her career over all these years.

He shared one memory in which his wife broke her ankle while out of Buffalo Mountain and he had to wheel her into labor and delivery the following day for a birth. She’s also delivered with a broken wrist, he said.

Ahlmeyer said she’s delivered anywhere from 80 to 120 babies each year since opening her practice, Yampa Valley OB/GYN, in 1995.

Since arriving in Steamboat as the second OB-GYN in town, Ahlmeyer said she’s watched the field progress, with the hospital now able to care for premature babies as young as 32 weeks, rather than flying them to the Front Range, and the medical staff having grown significantly.

After her final delivery next month, Ahlmeyer said she’s looking forward to focusing on her other professional duties, including performing surgery using YVMC’s DaVinci surgical robot and continuing to care for women during all stages of their lives other than the delivery of babies.

Ahlmeyer was trained on the robot last November and said she’s the hospital’s leading robotics surgeon.

Without having to be continually on call for deliveries, Ahlmeyer said she’ll have more free time to focus on hobbies such as glassblowing, horseback riding and traveling, particularly to third world countries to provide medical care.

She previously traveled with her family to Nepal to a Buddhist nunnery, where she provided gynecological care for nuns, and is looking forward to planning a trip to Africa in the future.

“I’ve been there a lot of times, but to go and focus medically would be great,” Ahlmeyer said.

As she looks to the future, Ahlmeyer said she’ll be working just as hard to care for the women of the region, while finally being able to enjoy the comfort of an un-interrupted night’s sleep.

To reach Teresa Ristow, call 970-871-4206, email or follow her on Twitter @TeresaRistow

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