Discharge & Family Support
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.
During your first few days at home, one of our experienced nurses will contact you. The nurse will answer any questions or will refer you to an appropriate resource.
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 help to eliminate stress and make the childbirth experience wonderful.
Community Resources and Programs
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.
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.