Consistent with our family centered approach, we provide a type of nursing care called "mother-baby" care. This special approach means that the same nurse, skilled in the care of both mothers and infants, will care for you and your baby.
With mother-baby nursing, the nurse cares for the family according to their needs. You and the nurse may decide to keep your baby in your room throughout your entire stay and/or send baby to the nursery for portions of your stay. This type of care is flexible and focused on what is best for both baby and mother. The nurse is available to educate and support new parents, which is an important part of each family's care during their stay.
Breastfeeding and Lactation Consultants
It is strongly encouraged to breastfeed your baby. The lactation consultants at Altru have trained our mother-baby nurses to assist you with breastfeeding throughout your stay. They are available to answer any questions once you've gone home.
Benefits of Breastfeeding
Your breastmilk is made specifically for your baby and breastfeeding provides many benefits to the mother as well.
- Your body provides just the right amount of nutrients.
- Breastmilk changes to meet your growing baby's needs and is easy to digest.
- Breastfeeding leads to less colic, constipation and diarrhea, as well as decreasing the chance for asthma, food allergies, ear aches, colds and eczema.
- Breastfeeding saves money.
- Night feedings are quick and convenient.
- Breastfeeding helps restore your figure. Weight loss can be easier, and it helps your uterus return to its normal size.
- Breastfeeding can establish a strong bond between mother and baby.
Nutrition when Breastfeeding
When breastfeeding, the mother needs to eat a variety of healthy foods just as when you are pregnant. Breastfeeding does require 500 extra calories a day, which allows your body to make the milk required by your baby. Stay hydrated with eight to ten glasses of water a day and ask your partner for emotional support and encouragement.
For various reasons, you may need to use a breast pump. They are available for purchase and to rent from Altru's durable medical equipment store. The store is located on the first floor of the hospital.
For more information on available breast pumps, call 701.780.5822.
To help you announce the good news of your baby's birth, you have the option of placing your newborn's picture and birth information on the online Baby Gallery.
Birth announcements are posted for approximately 30 days and are free of charge. The information is only posted with permission and can be removed at any time by calling 701.780.1519.
Cheers To Mommyhood
Have you heard? Labor is hard work. At Altru, we like to help new parents celebrate this achievement.
When you move to your post-labor room, you'll find a celebratory treat waiting for you, including:
- a cupcake for two
- sparkling cider
- a cosmetics bag
- and more
It's the perfect setting for you and your loved ones to sit back, relax and enjoy your new bundle of joy.
Altru's Family Birthing Center is honored to be a part of your birth experience and is equally excited to watch your new family flourish at home.
Your length of stay depends on several factors and will be a decision between you and your physician. During your stay, we will provide items necessary for the care of your baby (diapers, wipes, soap, clothing and formula if needed). Upon discharge, you will need to provide a going-home outfit and appropriate car seat for your baby.
Going home with your new baby is an exciting time. It can also be a time filled with anxiety, questions and uncertainty. Altru's Family Birthing Center will continue to equip you with knowledge to care for your new family.
During your first few days at home, one of our care coordinators will contact you. The care coordinator will answer any questions or will refer you to an appropriate resource.
After your baby is born, we'd like to continue to provide you with convenient and applicable information for your new family.
Delivered directly to your email inbox, you will receive timely information on infant and family health and wellness topics, tips, events and community offerings related to your new stage of life.
To sign up to receive information on your family's health, select the Community Events and Information eNewsletter from our Altru eNews subscription list.
Altru's Family Birthing Center partners with several agencies and instructors to offer you the most comprehensive information on childbirth, breastfeeding, parenting and family dynamics. Participation in the following community education classes is recommended.
- Baby Care Basics
- Sibling Preparation
- Breastfeeding Information
- Boot Camp for New Dads
- Mommy Care Basics
- Child Passenger Safety Made Simple
- Heartsaver CPR Infant & Child/Adult
View our events calendar for available classes.