Welcome, and congratulations to you and your growing family! We’re honored to care for you and your baby during this special time.
When it comes to the birth of your baby, we’re committed to providing you with the resources, support and personalized care you and your baby deserve from the moment you find out you’re expecting.
Sleepy Eye Medical Center offers a variety of services for you and your baby before, during and after birth. These services promote a healthy pregnancy and safe delivery as well as ongoing care following the birth of your child.
One of our four local, family physicians trained in obstetrics will work with you to ensure that your birthing experience is everything you want it to be.
Our ultimate goal is a healthy pregnancy and safe delivery for you and your little one.
Once you become pregnant, schedule an appointment to begin your prenatal care at our Sleepy Eye, Morgan or Comfrey Clinic.
Throughout your pregnancy, we offer many services and resources to support the needs of you and your developing baby:
- Prenatal classes in the spring, fall and winter.
- Ultrasound testing
- Fetal non-stress testing
- Complementary one-on-one visit with our Lactation Counselor
- Nutrition counseling, when needed
Our private birthing suites were specially designed for you and your family’s needs.
Rooms feature an easily adjustable labor bed, full bathroom with whirlpool tub, sleeper chair or couch, TV and birthing ball. Wireless is also available if you plan to use your cellphone or another electronic device. Please ask your nurse for the wi-fi access code.
During your stay, dads or birth partners are welcome to sleep in your suite on a sleeper chair or couch.
While comfort items including a toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, Kleenex, soap and lotion are provided, you may find the following items helpful during your stay:
- Nursing/support bra
- Comfortable, loose-fitting clothes
- Comb, hairbrush, hair ties
- Contacts, contact solution
- Toiletries*Optional items include toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, slippers for walking hallways, breast pump, nursing pillow, tablet or iPad and camera.
- Optional items include toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, slippers for walking hallways, breast pump, nursing pillow, tablet or iPad and camera.
For Dad or Birth Partner:
- Tablet or iPad (wireless)
- Book to read
- Money for vending machines
- Going home outfit (weather appropriate)
- Blanket or cover for car seat
- Car seat with base installed in vehicle (required)
- Swaddle/receiving blankets*Optional items include sleepers, hats, mittens and socks.
- Optional items include sleepers, hats, mittens and socks.
You will receive a complementary gift bag that includes a plush robe, Halo® Sleepsack®, breastfeeding cover-up and additional breastfeeding supplies.
The Sleepy Eye Medical Center dietary department offers complementary in-room meals to you and your birthing partner during your stay. In most cases, meals are served at 7:40 a.m., 11:40 a.m. and 5 p.m. You may choose your preferred food items from our select menu.
Vending machines are also available in the break room located across the hall from the Clinic Reception Desk.
Siblings, grandparents, family and friends are welcome to visit the baby in your room. Visitors should sign in at the nurses station when they arrive. Anyone with a cold, fever, flu or other illness should not visit. Unannounced visitor restrictions may be put into place due to certain circumstances or local health alerts.
Labor and Delivery
Labor and Delivery
Several weeks before your due date, consider packing a bag of items that you plan to bring with you to the hospital. We want you to feel as comfortable as possible during your stay with us and understand that a favorite pair of slippers or robe can make you feel more at home.
If you arrive at the hospital during regular business hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.), please enter through the main entrance and register at the clinic reception desk. Outside of regular hours, you can enter through the main entrance or ER entrance but will need to dial the nurses station in order to gain access into the building. Proceed to the nurses station to register. A courtesy call to let us know you are on your way is appreciated.
Once you’re registered, you will be partnered with a nurse who will take you to your room, ask you a series of detailed questions, and assess your vital signs and progress. Your nurse and provider will work with you to coordinate a care plan that best meets the needs of you and your baby. In the time leading up to your baby’s delivery, your care team will answer any questions you may have, review your birth plan (if you have one), discuss your options and support you in any way possible.
Pain Relief Options
We offer a variety of pain relief methods including breathing techniques, medications, epidurals and intrathecals. You can discuss these options with your provider or nurse at any time before or during labor.
Sometimes C-sections are planned and other times they’re not. Whatever birth experience awaits you, our goal is a safe delivery for both mom and baby.
A C-section is a surgical procedure during which the baby is delivered through an incision in the mother’s uterus and low abdomen. A mother may anticipate a scheduled C-section if she has already had one during a previous delivery, or if her doctor determines that it would be the safest route for delivery of the baby because of complications during the pregnancy. An emergency C-section may occur if the delivery team determines that a vaginal delivery will not be safe for a laboring mother and/or her baby.
When might a C-section be needed?
- There is a problem with the placenta or umbilical cord
- Your labor is not progressing
- The baby (or babies) are in an abnormal position
- The baby is not getting enough oxygen
- The mother has a specific health condition
- You have had a previous C-section
In most cases, anesthesia is provided by a regional block (spinal), which makes only the lower part of your body numb. This allows mom to be awake for the delivery. In some emergency cases, general anesthesia is necessary. With general anesthesia, mom is unable to hear, see or talk.
Recovery from a C-section will usually be more difficult than with a vaginal delivery. You will need time to rest and recover. Asking for help during the first few weeks at home with your new baby can be helpful.
C-sections are performed by Dr. Adam Armbruster, Dr. Karlyn Armbruster and Dr. Venkata Murthy.
Mom & Baby Care
Mom & Baby Care
Once your baby has arrived, our goal is to support you on your journey as a new mom and family. We offer you a variety of tools as you prepare for your transition home.
Our staff will complete several screening tests for your baby shortly after birth, including the following:
- Blood test
- Critical Congenital Heart Defects screening
- Hearing screening
All babies are screened, even if they look healthy, because some medical conditions cannot be seen by just looking at a baby. Detecting these conditions at or soon after birth is important for healthy development and growth.
Complementary Lactation Visit
During your hospital stay, you will be offered a one-on-one consult with our certified lactation counselor. She will provide you and your baby support and resources as well as answer any questions or concerns you might have. Additional counseling is available on an as-need basis.
To learn more about our lactation services, contact our International Board Certified Lactation Counselor, Chiloe Kotte, RN, at 507-794-3691 ext. 3282 or by email, [email protected].
When your child is born at Sleepy Eye Medical Center, you will receive a commemorative birth certificate celebrating your child’s birth. Legal birth certificates can be obtained at the Brown County Court House in New Ulm, MN.
Preparing to Go Home
From providing baby bath demonstrations to showing little siblings how be gentle with their baby brother or sister, our staff will help your family adjust to life with a newborn.
Classes and Support
Classes and Support Groups
Our prenatal classes help you prepare for the physical and psychological changes associated with pregnancy, birth and parenthood. We offer a class in the spring, summer and late fall/winter.
Topics that we go over include:
- Changes during pregnancy
- What to pack and what to expect at the hospital
- Pain management options
- Kick counts and serious symptoms to report
- Breathing and relaxation techniques
- Infant safety and newborn care
- Real vs. false labor, premature labor
- Complications and interventions
- Support person role
- Tour of the hospital
- And more!
We offer classes in the spring, summer and late summer/fall. For more information and to register, please contact Amanda Christensen, RN, at [email protected] Classes are free of charge to Sleepy Eye Medical Center patients.
Breastfeeding Support Group
At Sleepy Eye Medical Center, we encourage breastfeeding but respect your choice when it comes to feeding your baby.
To provide ongoing support for breastfeeding moms in the weeks and months following birth, Sleepy Eye Medical Center offers a Breastfeeding Support Group. Pregnant moms are also welcome and encouraged to attend. The group meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. in the Lower Level at Sleepy Eye Medical Center.
Some concerns addressed during support group gatherings include milk supply, teething, breastfeeding and returning to work, pumping and more. Meetings are facilitated by our International Board Certified Lactation Consultant but driven by the conversations initiated by moms.
To learn more about our lactation services, contact Chiloe Kotte, RN, IBCLC, at 507-794-8478 or [email protected]
Sleepy Eye Medical Center offers a Toddler Group to provide ongoing support for parents and their growing toddlers. Come play and explore with your toddler, share and hear experiences from other parents, and learn about your toddler's health, growth and development.
This free group is for 1 to 3-year-olds and their parent(s) and typically meets from 6-7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month. Location varies depending upon activities planned and weather/season. Event updates are regularly posted on the SEMC Facebook page. Registration is not required.
Toddler Group is facilitated by Katie Bloedow, RN, and Leah Fischer, but driven by the interests of toddlers and conversations of parents.
To learn more about Toddler Group, contact Katie Bloedow, RN, [email protected] or Leah Fischer, [email protected]
We are happy to offer tours of our hospital and birthing suites to expecting families. To schedule a tour, complete the form below and we will contact you. We look forward to meeting you!