Moms & Dads
Right here is where the amazing happens each day. Babies are born, moms show amazing courage, dads are humbled and siblings are blessed with a new brother or sister. You see, at Tri-County Health Care we're not just women's health experts, we're moms and dads. We love that new baby smell as much as you do and we understand your expectations and concerns as an expectant mother. Our experienced team of OB/GYNs, family practice physicians and nurses would be honored to help with one of the most important moments in your life – the birth of your child.
Family Friendly Hospital
We understand the birthing experience is unique for each and every woman. With this understanding, we view the role of our providers and staff as crucial in discovering how best to guide and assist women through prenatal care, labor, delivery and care after delivery.
Families Start Here.
Dr. Shaneen Schmidt, M.D.
Patients are part of her family.
Dr. Laura DuChene, M.D.
Loves being a Mom and physician.
Dr. Vickie Dennis, M.D., OB/GYN
Always wanted to deliver babies.
Dr. Benjamin Hess, M.D.
Delivering babies is a great joy.
Dr. Heidi Olson, M.D.
Being a mom has made her a better physician.
Make an Appointment: 218-631-1100
Toll Free: 800-880-3627
Prenatal Education & Lactation: 218-631-7538
Labor & Delivery: 218-632-8770
It's All About Relationships
Your chosen physician will plan to be with you through every pregnancy milestone – including delivery. Our physicians are accepting obstetrical patients and understand the trust and confidence needed to make your relationship a success. When doctors see their patients throughout the pregnancy and develop a personal relationship, the result is better outcomes for everyone.
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What We Offer
At Tri-County Health Care, we believe that big things come in small packages. That beautiful, little baby growing inside you right now is the perfect example. Modern and mighty, Tri-County Health Care offers one of the most thorough family obstetrics programs in the area, helping mom and family through every step of the birthing process from your first check up to at-home visits.
Our Family Birthing Center offers three, fully modern, comfortable and safe birthing suites. Each features a large whirlpool tub and a warm home-like environment to make your stay with us as comfortable as possible.
Gifts for You
Families who deliver at TCHC can expect other gifts such as:
- Date night on us
- TEN free visits to the Maslowski Wellness & Research Center
- Choice of prenatal or postpartum massage
- Choice of case of diapers OR infant car seat, with inspection by a certified car seat practitioner
- Beautiful mommy bag and baby tote with gifts and necessities
- Meals for birth partners
- Embroidered fleece baby blanket
- Complimentary home visit by a TCHC nurse
- "Gift of Motherhood" pregnancy calendar
- Sibling stickers
Pain Relief Options
We realize the birth of your child will be one of the most important experiences in your life, which is why we are committed to making this event as safe and comfortable as possible for you and your baby. Intrathecals are an injection in your back that numbs the area of pain for 2-3 hours and gives immediate relief. Epidurals are placed in the same area and a catheter is threaded in. This allows a continuous epidural drip to run and give pain relief until your baby is born. Often intrathecal and epidurals are used together and both of these options will require you to stay in bed. Other pain relief options include giving narcotics intravenously and utilizing our whirlpools for comfort during your labor. Spinal or general anesthesia is used for cesarean sections.
Safe Place for Newborns
Every baby deserves a home. Tri-County is a "Safe Place" for your newborn and for yourself. A Safe Place means you have the option of leaving your unharmed newborn (up to seven days old) at the emergency room of any hospital, an urgent care facility during its hours of operation in Minnesota, or an ambulance dispatched in response to a 911 call—no questions asked. No one will be turned away.
The hospital will care for your newborn and provide medical attention until your baby is placed in an appropriate home. At Tri-County Health Care, your confidentiality is assured. No police will be called, and with the exception of a few basic inquiries, no questions will be asked - not even your name. Simply go to the emergency room of any Minnesota hospital. Tell an emergency room personnel that you want your baby left with a Safe Place.
When you're scared, it's easy to think you are all alone—but you are not alone. There are many people ready and willing to help you. Don't wait until your baby is born. Wadena County Social Services is ready now to connect you with the help you need for yourself and your baby. Ask for the Intake Worker at Wadena County Social Services at 218-631-7605 or Social Services at Tri-County Health Care at 218-631-3510.
Babies left with a Safe Place; and many other children need a loving home. Would you consider opening your heart and home and becoming a foster parent? If so, contact Wadena County Social Services at 218-631-7605 and ask for the Intake Worker.
Tri-County believes prenatal and breastfeeding education is the most effective way for new parents to prepare for your childbirth experience, and to gain information on how best to care for yourself and your baby after he or she arrives. Prenatal education is offered to all obstetric (OB) patients that visit any of our six clinics. One-on-one education is offered to new moms during clinic visits with an experienced OB Nurse. We are here to assist you through every step of your OB journey and to help you meet your educational needs.
NEW Pregnancy Guide
Tri-County Health Care is also proud to roll out its new pregnancy guide for Moms who receive their obstetrics care and deliver at Tri-County. Full of facts, tips and information for expectant Moms on subjects ranging from what to expect during pregnancy, delivery and breast feeding, to the importance of self-care, care of baby at home, and so much more. The new pregnancy guide covers a full spectrum of care from the moment a woman finds out she’s pregnant, to caring for baby at home.
Pre-Birth Sibling Education
As much as a new baby can change your world, he or she also has a huge effect on siblings. A Tri-County Health Care sibling tour can be arranged. The tour is designed to help prepare your child to welcome home a new baby. Your child's tour will include:
- A tour of mom's hospital room
- A small gift is given to the sibling to celebrate the birth of the new baby.
This class focuses on breastfeeding techniques and its benefits. Is it required? No. Can it be unbelievably helpful in teaching you the ins and outs of breastfeeding? Absolutely. It is taught by a one of Tri-County Health Care's experienced lactation counselors. This class is held the Tuesday following the weekend class session. Even after learning what a perfect latch is, breastfeeding is a learned process and one that will require you and your baby time to develop. Learning as much as you can before baby is born can be extremely beneficial in those first few days.
Birthing Experience Classes
Childbirth education classes are offered for women during their last three months of pregnancy. The prepared childbirth class is dedicated to new parents; however, it is also a great refresher course. The one-day Saturday session stresses the following: when to go to the hospital, breathing and relaxation techniques used during labor and delivery, infant feeding, tour of the TCHC birthing suites, preparation for the birth experience, newborn care, home safety, infant CPR, car seat safety, other child-related safety concerns and care for mom after delivery and more. This comprehensive class will help prepare expectant parents for all aspects of their birth and help to create a positive birth experience. Prepared childbirth classes are instructed by Tri-County Health Care OB labor and delivery nurses. All mothers who attend will be given a free package of newborn diapers.
Tri-County Health Care offers an infant massage class for parents and babies called "Infant Massage—For a Better Beginning." The classes are free of charge. Infant Massage classes will also be held the first three Thursdays in January, March, May, July, September and November from 6:30 - 8 p.m. in the Cafe Conference Room at Tri-County Health Care.
The instructor is massage therapist Carla Johnson who is Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and is a certified educator of infant massage through Infant Massage USA.
The classes focus on the instruction of massage techniques for mother, father and/or support person on their newborn to pre-crawling infant. Classes will also include theory and practicum of infant massage, and how to deal with special problems such as colic, gas or constipation.