Wellness

 

Every birth is unique, just like each baby and each mother. Black River Memorial Hospital provides a variety of options when it comes to delivery and pain management.

We want to make your experience as pleasant as possible so you can focus on you—and your new family.

 

 

Hydrotherapy

Our birthing suites feature whirlpool tubs, which are helpful to the laboring mother for a soothing support option.

 

Doulas

A doula (a Greek word meaning "to mother the mother") is a trained female who provides continual labor support, both emotional and physical, throughout the childbirth experience. We have doula-trained staff available for your birthing needs.

 

One-on-One Nursing Care

Our nurses provide one-on-one care throughout your labor and delivery and will also be members of the nursing team caring for you and your baby after delivery.

 

Catering to Cultures

We work closely with each family to honor and meet their cultural needs during the birthing experience. Our Obstetrics Department even has a birthing suite specially designed for the Native American culture.

 

Pain Management

Our pain management philosophy is to provide you with the comfort you need during childbirth. In doing this, we consider all options available, and we work together to choose the option with the least risk for both you and your baby.

One way to bring added comfort during delivery is to have a labor-support person. In addition to your support person, we will provide you with a Registered Nurse who will work one-on-one with you during labor. Studies have shown that having a continuous labor support person can shorten your labor and decrease your need for an epidural or other pain medications.

Still, there may be times when you desire or need pain medication. A narcotic can be administered to help ease pain enough for you to relax and handle your contractions. If pain is more severe, intrathecal narcotics or an epidural catheter may be used to provide stronger pain relief. The decision to use one of these will be made by you, your nurses and your doctor.

 

Aromatherapy/Herbal Therapy

In the Obstetrics Department, we can use essential oils and herbal blends to promote comfort and relaxation during and following the birthing experience

 

Non-Stress Tests

This test checks for fetal well-being prior to delivery. It helps your doctor determine if you need further testing, special care or whether you may need to deliver sooner than planned.

 

Car Seat Inspections

We have certified car seat technicians available to answer questions and help install your car seat according to the Department of Transportation standards.

 

Infant CPR Review

We will help you learn the fundamentals of infant CPR and choking. We highly recommend this for any new parent or infant caregiver. Please call 715-284-3626 if you are interested in receiving a certification in CPR

 

Lactation Consultant

If you experience breastfeeding difficulties, our board certified lactation consultant can provide you with assistance and techniques to make your breastfeeding experience successful.

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