Giving Birth at Rice Memorial Hospital

The Comforts of Home with Peace of Mind

We know that comfort and peace of mind are most important for moms. To ensure that you have everything you need, we offer many amenities, the latest technology, support and education, and expert physicians providing round-the-clock care.

Comforts and amenities

  • Your own private suite throughout your stay
  • Large windows with natural light
  • Private bath with whirlpool tub
  • Comfortable daybed
  • TV/DVD
  • WiFi
  • Family-centered visiting policy
  • Personalized meals delivered to your room

Advanced care and technology

  • Hugs® infant security system
  • Specialized cesarean operating suite on the unit
  • Pain management and epidural anesthesia
  • Level II special care nursery
  • Certified lactation counselors

Planning for Your Baby

During COVID-19, prenatal virtual home visits are available by Kandiyohi County public health nurses. Call 320-231-7800 ext. 2545 to set up a visit.
Current in-person pregnancy and childbirth preparation classes have been canceled until further notice. In effort to prepare you for delivery in the comfort and safety of your home, you have two online options:
Bravo Baby: Labor & Newborn Series - Live Online Video Class
Understanding Birth - online course (complete on your own schedule)
Don't hesitate to ask your doctor any further questions that you may have about birthing options.

We want you and your baby to have the best birth experience possible. Here are a few things you can do in advance to plan for your new arrival:

  • Register for our “Pregnancy to Parenting” classes, a three-part series focusing on pregnancy, delivery, newborns, breastfeeding and more (a tour of our birth suites is also included)
  • Fill out and submit your pre-admission form (pdf)
  • Discuss your birth preferences with your partner and physician
  • Schedule a tour
  • Choose a pediatrician or baby doctor
  • Meet with a lactation nurse
  • Request an estimate of your hospital bill
  • In case of emergency, consider filling out an advance care planning (“living will”). Ask your physician for details, or set up a free counseling session at 320-231-4069.
  • Pack for your stay — consider bringing insurance cards, social security number, photo ID, basic toiletry items, clothes for you to wear home, clothes for your baby to wear home, car seat and baby blankets

The Birth Experience

We know that you’d like to have a birth experience that’s meaningful to you. To make sure this happens, please us know your birth preferences. Several pain relief options are available to you, including epidurals and intravenous pain medications as well as natural pain relief aids like whirlpool tubs and birthing balls. You are also welcome to bring any other support people you’d like to be involved in this memorable event.

After Your Baby Is Born

Once your baby is born, you can:

  • Enjoy skin-to-skin contact with your baby and, if you choose, begin breastfeeding
  • Request to meet with a certified lactation counselor
  • Give your baby his/her first bath
  • Submit your baby’s name for his/her online birth announcement on our website.
  • Receive a tote bag filled with gifts for you and baby, as well as our “Caring Book” for new parents

Going Home

Typically, you can expect to stay in the hospital 1-2 days after a vaginal birth and 2-3 days after a Cesarean birth. Before your baby can leave the hospital, you’re required to install a properly secured car seat. If you plan to use a breast pump (something that’s typically covered by insurance), you’ll want to make arrangements through Rice Home Medical by calling 1-800-637-7795.

If you have additional questions after you return home, please contact us at any time by calling 320-231-4420.

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