Safety for baby

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Recently, patients completed surveys about their visits to Tri-County Health Care. Mothers took the opportunity to rate their care and share details and stories about the staff of Tri-County Health Care. This story is just one of many examples of the exemplary care commonly associated with Tri-County Health Care. In terms of birthing services, safety for babies is priority number one. Because of this, we are always looking for ways to innovate while providing a comforting environment. 

Safety for baby

My baby was born without my doctor in the room. He came so fast that it required a rapid response, and all available staff rushed to help. A new OB nurse, Salma, helped me deliver my baby before others arrived. She was fantastic and calm throughout the process. My doctor made it in shortly after to finish the delivery. Then a tornado came through town the next night, and we were rushed to safety. It was a very eventful birth and hospital stay!

Safety for baby

In may 2022, a powerful storm passed through Wadena causing massive damage to local infrastructure.

The care I received was top-notch from start to finish. The scheduling staff worked diligently to make my appointments fit into my schedule. The prenatal nurses took excellent care of me during my pregnancy. They ensured that I had all the necessary tests and procedures and prepared me for my preferred delivery experience. The nurses also helped me sign up for prenatal yoga and an aquatics course. They even provided me with a free car seat and assisted in the installation!

All the nurses took amazing care of us, even during the bad storm. In the end, it was a happy and memorable experience. I could go on for days about how incredible all the staff were throughout my journey!

Our mission is to help you

Tri-County Health Care prides itself on providing quality care for everyone, including safety for the mother and her baby. Bringing new life into the world is a cherished duty that our obstetrics staff embraces each day. In conclusion, we thank this patient for her kind words.

If you would like to learn more about our birthing services or schedule an appointment, please call 218-631-3510.


Meyer: Motherhood and movement

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Over the summer, I gave birth to my fourth child. As a healthcare professional, I’m fortunate to have easy access to care almost all the time. However, this doesn’t make childbirth any less intense. I had a great team that worked with me every step of the way by helping me feel empowered. This experience has me thinking about my life and motherhood a lot. From my perspective, having children is one of the great joys of life, but it can be scary and come with many sleepless nights. Even with all the challenges it brings, it’s worth it in the end.

I know many expecting mothers out there are going through the not-so-fun phases of pregnancy. The sore back, the kicking, and nausea can be a tough, debilitating time. As a provider and a mother that has gone through this several times, I would like to offer some advice. Every child is different. Things that work for one child might not work for the other. You will know your child best, but you need the help of others to get to that magical day of birth. You’ll also need a support system before and after the baby finally arrives. Even the best moms need help, don’t be afraid to ask.

Secondly, get up and move! Whatever kind of exercise you can do, do it! It will give you strength and energy. It’s also a good habit to continue after the baby is born. It’s good for you and sets an example for your son or daughter as they get older.

Health first

Alison Meyer, APRN, FNP

Alison Meyer, APRN, FNP

My last bit of advice is to rest when you need to. Pregnancy is emotionally and physically strenuous, so listen to your body and get a full night’s rest. I know cutting down on late-night TV can be challenging, but it will make pregnancy much easier.

Remember to build your support system, sleep and get moving! Also, motherhood is much easier with a care team in your corner, so check in often.


Alison Meyer, APRN, FNP 

Tri-County Health Care

Navigating through Grief: a mother’s journey of losing a child

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By: Jil Fiemeyer

So, they say life is written in chapters. I can’t count the chapters in my life, but I most certainly know the chapter that changed my entire story.

Jil & her daughters - Katie, Jane & Anna

Jil & her daughters – Katie, Jane & Anna

In August of 2011, our family was plunged into an existence I never knew was possible. One where bald children seem more normal than those with hair, where my child laid in a hospital bed while others are out playing in the sun, where Jane hurt so much she couldn’t even cry, and yes, a world where children also die.

Jane was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at the age of seven – when she was a second-grader at Wadena-Deer Creek Elementary School. What appeared to at first be symptoms of ear infections or maybe even Lyme Disease, within weeks was confirmed as that dreaded “C” word, CANCER. On September 6, 2013, Jane earned her angel’s wings just 13 months after her diagnosis, just weeks before her ninth birthday.

Losing a child is the lonliest, most desolate journey a person can take. It’s a club that no one wants to belong to and it’s a club that can feel very lonely at times. From my journey, here are a couple tips that I believe can help give support those grieving on a sacred journey they never wanted to take:

  • Remember our children – no matter how old, or young they were when they died. If you see something that reminds you of my child, tell me. And, when we speak our children’s names or relive memories, relive them with us, don’t shrink away. If you never met Jane, don’t be afraid to ask about her. One of our greatest joys is talking about our children.
  • Accept that you can’t fix us. We appreciate your support and hope you can be patient with us as we find our way. We will learn to pick up the pieces and move forward, but our lives will never be the same.
  • Know that there are at least three days a year we need a time out
    • Birthdays are especially hard, our hearts ache to celebrate our child’s arrival into this world, but we are left becoming intensely aware of the hole in our hearts instead.
    • Then there’s the anniversary of the date our child became an angel.
    • And mother’s day. Even though our children are in heaven, we are still mom.
  • Realize that we struggle every day with happiness. It’s an ongoing battle to balance the pain and guilt of outliving your child with the desire to live in a way that honors them and their time on this earth. As bereaved parents we are constantly balancing holding grief in one hand and a happy life after loss in the other.
  • Accept the fact that our loss might make you uncomfortable. Our loss is unnaturnal, out-of-order; it challenges your sense of safety. You may not know what to say and do. We will never forget our child and I would at least rather lose it because you spoke Jane’s name and remembered my child, then try and shield ourselves from the pain and live in denial.
  • Grief is the pendulum swing of love. The stronger and deeper the love, the more grief will be created on the other side.

We all must find our own way, our own journey through grief. We must travel THROUGH the pain, because walking around it is impossible and sitting in it is dangerous. Having the support of friends and family won’t take the pain away, but it will make the journey not so lonely.

Jil speaks of Jane’s last days recently at a women’s event in Bertha…

About the writer: Jil Fiemeyer is a Wadena native and a Communications Specialist on the marketing team at Tri-County Health Care. She is the mother of three beautiful girls and enjoys each and every day of being their mom. Since her daughter’s Leukemia diagnosis and her death, Jil has learned first-hand the effects of grief and how it manifests around the ones you love. As her way to heal, Jil enjoys writing and has recently started talking to groups about grief, grief recovery and living your best life despite all the struggles that life has to offer.


*Tri-County Health Care has started a “Parents Who Have Lost a Child” support group to help those in the area affected by the loss of a child. They meet the second Monday of the month from 5:30 – 7 p.m. in the Wesley Conference Room at Tri-County Health Care. Click here to learn more…