Birth Planning

Having a baby is one of life's most personal experiences. We believe you should have options for delivering and caring for your baby. That is why we schedule an individual birth planning session prior to your baby's birth. This is an opportunity for you to discuss special needs and requests and for our staff to work with you to meet those needs. We also will talk about your expectations for delivery and prepare you for any unexpected changes such as Cesarean birth. A hospital checklist will be helpful in planning for your big day.

Online Birth Plan Form

Please complete the Birth Plan 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 or call your doctor.

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. Below are some of the services we can provide during your birthing experience.


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.

Support Person/Birth Champion

You will be able to have a support person/birth champion with you during your labor and delivery. Studies have shown that having continuous labor support can shorten your labor and decrease your need for an epidural or other pain medication.

One-on-One Nursing Care

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 after delivery.


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

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.

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. 

Aroma/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

Other Services

  • 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.

  • Car Seat Safety Checks

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

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.

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