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Baby & Me Tobacco Free Program

Altru Health System offers the nationally recognized smoking cessation program, Baby & Me Tobacco Free. This program encourages and supports pregnant women to quit smoking prior to the delivery of their new baby, to remain smoke free and reduce the burden of tobacco use on the pregnant and post-partum population.

Women who take part in the program are asked to pledge to do these things:

  • Participate in the four prenatal quit smoking sessions.

  • Quit smoking and stay quit during pregnancy.

  • Take a monthly breath test to show she is tobacco free.

  • Stay smoke free after baby is born to receive a monthly voucher for free diapers for up to 12 months.

The goal of the program is to reduce the damaging effects of smoking on the unborn child which include prematurity, low birth weight along with maternal health issues which arise during pregnancy related to smoking. Following birth, the goal is to reduce the damaging effect of exposure to secondhand smoke on the newborn along with others living in the household. For more information about the Baby & Me Tobacco Free program at Altru Health System call 701.780.3642.

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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