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.
Practice Safe Sleep
Altru and Safe Kids promote safe sleeping to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). SIDS is the sudden unexplained death of an infant under 1 year of age. SIDS is the leading cause of death among infants aged one month to one year. Each year nearly 2,300 infants will die from SIDS. Infants who sleep on their stomach are at a greater risk of SIDS than infants who sleep on their backs. Sleeping on soft surfaces, such as couches and soft mattresses, is a significant risk factor for SIDS. Bed sharing with an infant is hazardous and is a risk factor for SIDS. Infants whose mothers smoke during or after pregnancy are at a greater risk of SIDS.
The easiest way to remember how to create a safe sleep environment is to think of the ABC's of safe sleep: Alone, on their Back, in a Crib.
Ways to reduce the risk of SIDS include:
- Back to Sleep
- Always place a baby on their back to sleep.
- Placing an infant on their back to sleep significantly lowers SIDS risk. Stomach sleeping can increase the risk of SIDS nearly 2-12 times as much from babies who sleep on their backs.
- A Firm Sleep Surface
- Never place baby to sleep on pillows, quilts, sheepskins or other surfaces.
- ALWAYS place baby to sleep on a firm sleep surface, such as a safety-approved crib mattress.
- The American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend infant car seats, strollers, swings or slings for routine sleep, as they pose a risk for airway obstruction.
- Do Not Smoke
- Do not smoke before or after the birth of the baby, and do not let others smoke around the baby.
- No Bed Sharing
- Baby should not sleep in a bed, couch or armchair with or without adults or other children, but they can sleep in the same room as parents/caregivers.
- If parents bring the baby into bed to breastfeed, they need to put them back in a separate sleep area when finished.
- Nothing in Crib Other Than Baby
- Keep soft objects, such as stuffed animals and loose bedding out of the crib.
- Do not use blankets, pillows, quilts or crib bumpers in the baby's sleep area.
- Consider using a sleep sack for your baby. These wearable blankets replace loose blankets in the crib that can cover your baby's face and interfere with breathing. Sleep sacks are available for purchase in the Altru Hospital Gift Shop.
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 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.
For more information about Healthy Families Region IV, call 701.772.7577 or 701.780.5474.
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.
- Car 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.