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Pastoral Services


We realize that childbirth is a memorable and spiritual experience for most. Because of that, a trained chaplain from Altru's Pastoral Services is available 24 hours a day to provide support to you and your family. Additionally, access to the chapel, located on the second floor of the hospital, is available for prayer, meditation, and quiet time for families.

To contact Altru's Pastoral Services or members of the Pastoral Services staff, call 701.780.5300 (between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.) or 701.780.5000 (after hours). Your nurse is also available to coordinate a chaplain visit.


The lactation consultants at Altru Family Birthing Center recommend several books, resources and guides on breastfeeding.

  • A Nursing Mother's Companion (Kathleen Huggins)
  • Breastfeeding: A Parent's Guide (Amy Spangler)
  • The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding (Le Leche League International)
  • Altru's Breastfeeding Information Class (see our event calendar for available sessions)

For more information, contact Dee at 701.780.5467.

Safe Haven for Infant Abandonment

A North Dakota law enacted in 2001 allows parents to safely abandon an infant without fear of prosecution at any hospital. Altru Hospital has been designated a Safe Haven for these infants.

Infants up to one year of age can be safely abandoned at Altru Hospital with any Altru employee at anytime.

Parents with questions regarding Safe Haven can call 701.780.5345 (24-hour call) and ask for the Social Work Department.

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