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Pre-Delivery

Labor and Birth Planning Appointment

In preparation for your upcoming stay at Altru's Family Birthing Center, you and your family are encouraged to schedule a birth planning appointment. At your appointment, you and your partner and/or family members will meet with one of our registered nurses who will help you individualize your birth plan.

The appointment will include:

  • Family Birthing Center tour
  • Discussion of common procedures
  • Form completion
  • Individualized birth plan
  • Birth certificate information
  • Labor pain management options

To arrange your appointment, please ask your care provider or call 701.780.5474. Appointments are available Monday through Friday, 10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. and are generally one hour in length.

Pregnancy Guide - What to Expect

Your body undergoes significant changes throughout each week of your pregnancy. For more information on what to expect for an upcoming week, select the appropriate link below.

Pregnancy Health & Wellness

It is important that pregnant women take great care of themselves before, during and after pregnancy. Being healthy can make your pregnancy a normal and enjoyable experience and prepares your baby for a healthy entrance into the world.

Nutrition

Your baby's source of nutrition and energy for growth comes directly from you. In addition to eating three balanced meals, healthy snacks can provide the nutrients and energy needed for growth during your pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding.

  • Eat low fat foods that contain carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, fiber, protein and water.
  • Divide what you eat into small meals and snacks throughout the day. This gives you constant energy.

For more pregnancy nutrition and a list of suggested snacks, review the Pregnancy Food Pyramid.

Exercise

Remaining active during your pregnancy provides the energy you and your baby need. The intensity and types of exercise depends on many conditions - stage of pregnancy, level of activity prior to pregnancy, pregnancy conditions, etc. - so it is important to visit with your care provider about what exercise is best for you and your baby.

Pregnancy Wellness & Conditions

Your pregnancy should be closely monitored by a physician or care provider. If you experience any complications or discomfort, share it with your provider.

Family Services

To help your family get a healthy start, Altru's Family Birthing Center proudly offers the resources of our experienced staff and community programs.

Perinatal Home Care Program

Your physician may recommend you for the Perinatal Home Care Program if you have experienced a high risk pregnancy. This program includes scheduled home visits from a professional registered nurse to monitor your condition. Since not all conditions are safe for home monitoring, your physician will make the appropriate referral decision.

Social Work Services

Experienced in the concerns and needs of today's young families, Altru Family Birthing Center's Licensed Social Worker provides families with a variety of resources and information every day. From financial assistance to the Public Health Nursing follow-up program and the Women Infant and Children Program (WIC), these resources can be help to eliminate stress and make the childbirth experience wonderful.

Healthy Families Region IV

Our Birthing Center also works with the staff of Healthy Families Region IV, a home visiting program especially for parents of newborns. Once accepted into the program, families receive different levels of services depending on their specific needs.

  • Immunization scheduling
  • Home child proofing
  • Child development information
  • Recommendations for additional resources

All services from Healthy Families Region IV are free, voluntary and confidential.

For more information about Healthy Families Region IV, call 701.772.7577 or 701.780.5474.

Classes

Altru's Family Birthing Center partners with several agencies and instructors to offer comprehensive information on childbirth, breastfeeding, parenting and family dynamics.

View our events calendar for available classes.