Pregnancy & Birthing Services
The birth of a child is a wonderful event in the lives of women and their families. As this can also be a stressful time for you and your loved ones, Tri-County Health Care offers a warm, family-friendly environment to help you feel at home during this momentous occasion.
Throughout every step of your pregnancy journey, our dedicated Tri Baby Beginnings experts will be there to provide you with the resources, support and knowledge you need, culminating in as smooth a delivery as possible. Take a moment to browse through our available resources.
Preparing for Labor
Amazing experiences happen at Tri-County Health Care each day. Babies are born, moms show courage, dads are humbled and siblings are blessed with a new brother or sister. You see, in Tri Baby Beginnings, we’re not just women’s health experts. We’re moms and dads just like you. We love that new baby smell as much as you do, and we understand your expectations and concerns as an expectant mother.
Our experienced Tri Baby Beginnings team consisting of family practice providers, OB/GYNs, certified nurse midwife and labor and delivery nurses would be honored to help with one of the most important moments in your life – the birth of your child. From our homey, family-friendly hospital and delivery rooms to our team members taking ample time to truly get to know you, with Tri-County Health Care, you can rest assured you’re more than just another statistic or expectant mother on a schedule. We are here for you, whether you need personalized prenatal care, regular checkups or friendly group support. That’s the Tri-County Health Care promise.
Hospital Birthing Center
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. With the perfect blend of professionalism and compassion, our fully certified providers, OB/GYNs, nurse midwife and nurses are available to answer any and all questions you may have, as well as be there with you throughout your pregnancy journey.
Prenatal Education: Tri-County believes prenatal and breastfeeding education is the most effective way for new parents to prepare for the childbirth experience. One-to-one education is offered to moms during clinic visits with an experienced OB nurse.
Prenatal Yoga: Prenatal yoga helps to reduce stress and anxiety while increasing your strength and flexibility, which are beneficial for childbirth. Tri-County Health Care offers this weekly class free of charge to all expectant mothers.
Car Seat Checks: Tri-County promotes the use of car seats to keep your young children safe while riding in a vehicle. As a result, we offer free car seat checks at the Wadena clinic, hosted by nationally certified child passenger safety technicians.
Safe Place for Newborns
Tri-County Health Care 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 or urgent care facility during its hours of operation in Minnesota or an ambulance dispatched in response to a 911 call – no questions asked.
Click here for more Safe Place information and resources.
Sarah Riedel, OB Supervisor provides a virtual tour of our OB rooms for expectant mothers.
What we're really delivering is love that will last a lifetime.
Families Start Here
Dawn Dahlgren-Roemmich, CNM
Loves making the journey of pregnancy to birth a joyous event for the family.
Shaneen Schmidt, M.D.
Patients are part of her family.
Laura DuChene, M.D.
Loves being a Mom and physician.
Heidi Olson, M.D.
Being a mom has made her a better physician.
Pregnancy, Birthing Options and Obstetricians
It's All About Relationships
Your chosen provider will plan to be with you through every pregnancy milestone – including delivery. Our providers are accepting obstetrical patients and understand the trust and confidence needed to make your relationship a success. When patients see their providers throughout the pregnancy and develop a solid relationship, the delivery is a more personal experience.
Click on the links below to find out more about our dedicated providers:
Tri-County Health Care offers a choice in your birthing experience with expertise in obstetrics. Patients who prefer a prenatal experience with a specialist have the option of experiencing care from a certified OB/GYN in a team approach with a Tri-County family practitioner. Please click below to learn more about our dedicated OB/GYNs:
Certified nurse midwives deliver hands-on care from prenatal to postpartum, as well as a full range of primary health care for women from adolescence to beyond menopause. They take a holistic approach in their practice, meaning they look at the whole picture of your care, including mental health, socioeconomic status, family dynamics, workplace conditions and your general mood toward your health. Click to learn more about our certified nurse midwife, Dawn:
Our Pregnancy & Birthing Services
At Tri-County Health Care, we believe big things come in small packages. That beautiful little baby growing inside you is the perfect example. Modern and mighty, Tri Baby Beginnings offers a thorough family obstetrics program to help mothers and families through every step of the birthing process from the first checkup to at-home visits.
Our facility offers three fully modern, comfortable and safe birthing suites. Each features a large tub and a warm home-like environment to make your stay with us as comfortable as possible.
Gifts for You
Families who deliver with Tri Baby Beginnings can expect special gifts such as:
- Date night on us
- TEN free visits to the Maslowski Wellness and Research Center
- Choice of prenatal or postpartum massage
- Choice of case of diapers or infant car seat
- Meals for birth partners
- Complimentary home visit up to 60 miles away by a Tri-County nurse
Labor 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.
- Intrathecal injection – A shot is given in your back that numbs the area of pain for two to three hours and gives immediate relief. You will need to stay in bed after having the shot.
- Epidural – This is placed in the same area as the intrathecal injection, and then a catheter is threaded in. This allows a continuous epidural drip to run and give pain relief until your baby is born. You will need to stay in bed until the effects wear off. (Intrathecal injections and epidurals are often used together.)
- Spinal or general anesthesia is used for Cesarean sections.
- Water births – Our team has been specially trained to assist mothers with water births. Laboring or giving birth in a warm-water tub can help take the edge off the pain and give mothers a little more control over their bodies.
- Nitrous oxide – Your labor and delivery team members are specialists in using nitrous oxide (laughing gas) for pain relief. It is gentle to laboring mothers. The effects are immediate and powerful enough to help with painful contractions. You are in control of how much or how little you use, and the medication fades from your system within minutes.
Other pain relief options include giving narcotics intravenously and using our tubs for comfort during your labor.
Tri-County Health Care offers a 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 breastfeeding, to the importance of self-care, care of baby at home, and so much more. The pregnancy guide covers a full spectrum of care from the moment a woman finds out she’s pregnant, to caring for baby at home.
As a mother with Tri Baby Beginnings, you receive exclusive access to a free mobile app that’s available on your smartphone, tablet or desktop. You’re treated to text, images, videos and tools on a variety of topics to keep you informed through every step of pregnancy and beyond.
Features of the app include:
- What to expect at each stage of pregnancy
- 40 weekly milestones with push notifications
- Overview of the labor and delivery process
- How to care for your newborn
- Trackers for feedings, diapers, measurements and more
- Tips for breastfeeding
- And more!
When you begin your care with Tri Baby Beginnings, simply give your email address to one of your nurses at your intake appointment. They will sign you up for the app and help you get started.
High Blood Pressure and Preeclampsia During and After Pregnancy
The Blue Band Initiative is an effort to alert health care providers about a patient’s risk for preeclampsia. Patients at risk will wear a blue wrist band during pregnancy and after delivery of their baby. If you have been asked to wear a blue band, keep it on until your provider takes it off or tells you to take it off. Many complications of preeclampsia can be prevented. Tri-County Health Care is working to raise awareness of preeclampsia in our communities by using the blue medical alert bands.
What is preeclampsia?
Preeclampsia is a serious disorder that can affect many organs (brain, kidneys and/or liver) in your body. Preeclampsia usually happens in the last half of pregnancy. Most often, it occurs after 20 weeks. It can also occur up to six weeks after the baby is born.
Preeclampsia can cause:
- High blood pressure
- Protein in the urine
- Organ damage
Signs and Symptoms of Preeclampsia
- Swelling of face or hands
- A headache that is severe or will not go away
- Seeing spots or changes in vision
- Pain in the upper right area of your belly
- Nausea or throwing up
- Sudden or rapid weight gain
- Trouble breathing or feeling short of breath
- Heartburn that will not go away
- Decreased urination or none
- High blood pressure
- Chest pain
If you notice any of the symptoms of preeclampsia listed above, you should seek medical attention. Get a ride to your closest emergency room or call 911 and report the symptoms you have been experiencing.
*It is important to let health care providers know if you are pregnant or have recently been pregnant.
What are the risk factors for preeclampsia?
- First pregnancy
- A history of preeclampsia in a previous pregnancy
- Family history of preeclampsia
- History of high blood pressure
- History of kidney disease
- If you are 35 years of age or older
- If you are carrying more than one baby
- Have certain medical conditions such as diabetes, bleeding disorders, or certain auto-immune conditions
- BMI over 35
- Had fertility treatments
What are the risks for my baby if preeclampsia occurs?
- Premature delivery
Long-term risks of preeclampsia
Preeclampsia can cause serious health problems for you and could have lifelong impacts. Women who have had preeclampsia have increased risk of heart disease, heart attack and stroke, and high blood pressure.
If you had preeclampsia once, it increases your risk of preeclampsia with future pregnancies.
Wearing a Blue Band
- Leave the blue wristband on until your health care provider takes it off or tells you to take it off.
- Keep your follow-up appointments with your health care provider, even if you are feeling well.
- Expect your first follow up from the hospital in 3-5 days for a blood pressure check.
- Continue your prescribed medications as directed.