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.
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.
Healthy Families of North Dakota
Lutheran Social Services Healthy Families provides free, voluntary home visitation services to support overburdened expectant parents and parents of newborns in creating a safe and healthy home. To improve the health and well-being of mothers, fathers, infants and young children, our paraprofessionals offer education and assistance with parenting, child development and reducing family stressors.
- Child Health and Safety
- Development Screenings
- Infant Care and Nutrition
- Parenting Skills
- Positive Parent-Child Interaction
- Pregnancy Wellness
- Stages of Infant and Child Development
- Stress Reduction Techniques
- Support Networks
How to Participate
You can participate by completing the following document which allows Healthy Families to review your needs and determine which plan is suitable. Click the Healthy Families Screening and Referral Tool and open with Adobe. Once you have completed the form click the Submit button within the form to email it to the staff of Healthy Families.
For additional details and information, please refer to the Healthy Families website.
New Parent Support Program
The New Parent Support Program is a Air Force Base program for expecting parents to help adjust to life with a new infant. This is a voluntary, in home program developed specifically for expectant parents.
- Care Seat Safety Checks
- Education on pregnancy and all aspects of baby and toddler care
- Free home or office visits by a registered nurse
- Free books, videos, calendars and handouts for parents
- Free brief counseling services for couples
- Referrals to community resources
How to Participate
You can participate by completing the following document which allows New Parent Support Program staff to review your needs and determine which services are right for you. Click the New Parent Support Program Form and open with Adobe. Once you have completed the form click the Submit button within the form to email it to the staff of the New Parent Support Program.
Right Tracks of North Dakota
The North Dakota Department of Human Services now has available a free developmental screening program for your baby. Right Tracks consultants can meet with you in the privacy of your own home and can provide services.
- Information on child growth and development and stimulating your child's development
- Developmental Screens for your child/children less than 36 months of age
- Information and referrals about resources to Local, State and National Organizations
- Information on various childhood concerns; such as sleep, toileting, managing behaviors
How to Participate
You can participate by completing the following document which allows Right Tracks to review your needs and determine which services are right for you. Click the Right Tracks Form and open with Adobe. Once you have completed the form click the Submit button within the form to email it to the staff of Right Track of North Dakota.
For additional details and information, please refer to the Right Tracks Brochure or contact one of the following offices.