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.
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.
Benjamin Hess, M.D.
Delivering babies is a great joy.
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.
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.
Safe Place for Newborns
Every baby deserves a home. 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. 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 on you, 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 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 can 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.
Take the first steps; call us at 218-631-3510.
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 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.
Customized one-on-one sessions go over 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, breastfeeding, home safety, infant CPR, car seat safety, other child-related safety concerns and care for mom after delivery and more. This helps prepare expectant parents for all aspects of their birth and help to create a positive birth experience.
Prenatal yoga helps to reduce stress and anxiety while increasing your strength and flexibility, which are beneficial for childbirth. It also helps improve sleep, decrease lower back pain and helps you learn breathing techniques that assist you during labor and delivery.
Tri-County Health Care is excited to offer this weekly class free of charge to all expectant mothers. Class size is limited to 10 people and pre-registration is required for each class. Prenatal Yoga is taught by Pam Doebbeling, certified prenatal yoga instructor and registered nurse with 20 years of experience. Attendees can bring their own yoga mat, or one will be provided. All experience levels are welcome.
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.
Car Seat Checks
TCHC promotes the use of car seats to keep your young children safe while riding in a vehicle. As a result, TCHC offers free car seat checks at the Wadena clinic. Nationally certified child passenger safety technicians will make safety recommendations and evaluate your child’s car seat, how well the child fits in the seat and how well the seat fits in the vehicle. They also check for expired or recalled seats. Each check lasts approximately 30 minutes per child/seat.
If your child has outgrown their seat or if it is expired, recalled or damaged, TCHC will replace your seat at no charge.* Seats are provided courtesy of Tri-County Health Care, Walmart and the Tri-County Health Care Auxiliary. To make an appointment, call 218-631-3510. For more information, call 218-631-7538.
*Children who are not a TCHC patient or who have not visited a primary care provider at any of TCHC’s clinics in the last year may still make car seat check appointments but are not eligible for a free car seat.