Having a baby at Black River Memorial Hospital

Black River Memorial Hospital is excited to share in the celebration of bringing new life into your family.

Our Obstetrics Department offers innovative birthing options, advanced care and is equipped to handle any emergency care necessary. Our experienced staff is trained in labor support, the Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP), Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS).

The beautiful rooms in the Obstetrics Department are designed to handle your entire stay including labor, delivery, recovery and post-partum care.

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To see the Obstetrics Department  for yourself, call 715-284-1329 to schedule a private tour. Or, take a virtual tour.

Check out our Childbirth Education Classes and other parenting resources:

Class Information & Registration


Note: Please print and complete this form and bring it with you to your pre-delivery appointment or the hospital's OB Department at 715-284-1329.

Benefits of childbirth education classes:

  • Prepare for what to expect during the labor and delivery process.
  • Build confidence in the body's ability to give birth and decrease anxiety.
  • Support partner tips for the big day.
  • Pain relief options, including: massage, relaxation, positioning, breathing and medication.
  • Family Beginnings Birthplace tour.
  • Get questions answered about the birthing process.

This class is held the second Friday evening and Saturday morning of February, April, June, August, October and December. Cost is free.

*All class participants will have a chance to win a car seat!

The online childbirth education course offers the opportunity to complete the childbirth class at home. Educational information and a course booklet are available for purchase at the OB Department. 715-284-1329.

During a single session evening class, you will learn the benefits of breastfeeding for mom, baby and the family. This class is held the second Tuesday of January, March, May, July, September and November. Cost is free.

Innovative Options

Our birthing suites feature whirlpool tubs, which are helpful to the laboring mother who desires this as a soothing support option.

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 several doula-trained staff available for your birthing needs.

One-on-One Nursing Care
At Obstetrics Department, our nurses provide one-on-one care throughout your labor and delivery and will be members of the nursing team caring for you and your baby following delivery.

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.

Massage Therapy
Our Obstetrics Department offers massage therapy to help provide relaxation and comfort during their stay.

Catering to Cultures
We work closely with each family to honor and meet their cultural needs during the birthing experience. In fact, our Obstetrics Department has one birthing suite specially designed for the Native American culture.

Advanced Care

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

External Fetal Version
If your baby is in the breech position during the latter part of pregnancy, your provider may be able to safely turn your baby around prior to delivery.

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 are able to review the fundamentals of infant CPR and choking with you. Please call 715-284-1312 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.

Your Birth Plan

Having a baby is one of life's most personal experiences, and we believe you should have options for delivering and caring for your baby. That's why we schedule an individual birth planning session prior to your baby's birth.

This one-on-one meeting with an experienced OB nurse is an opportunity for you to discuss special needs and requests, and for our staff to work with you to accommodate these requests. We also will talk about your expectations for delivery and prepare you for any unexpected changes such as Cesarean birth.

Please fill out the birth plan below prior to your pre-delivery visit.

NOTE: Please complete this form and bring it with you to your pre-delivery appointment. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the hospital's OB Department at 715-284-1329, call your doctor or visit www.maternitywise.org for general information on maternity care.

Pain Management

Giving birth can be a challenging, yet very fulfilling experience. Still, many women fear it because of the anticipation of pain.

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 physician.

In 2012 and 2013, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recognized our Obstetrics staff for Quality in Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care.

Car Seat Safety Checks

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Make sure your child is riding safely!

Stop in to have your car seat and/or booster seat checked for FREE!

Certified Passenger Safety Technicians are available
at 715-284-1329.

Appointments are encouraged.


Pregnancy Tool

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Available for: iOS or Android
Price: Free

• Due date calculator
• Fetal development images
• Pregnancy check-list
• Videos
• Nutrition guide

Note: BRMH has not validated the accuracy of this tool and it should not replace the experienced advice of your doctor.