Temporary Visitor Restrictions
During these uncertain times with the COVID-19 pandemic, getting you the care you need is of utmost importance to us. Learn more about the temporary visitor policies and care team adjustments.
Individualized care and comfort are emphasized at the Froedtert Menomonee Falls Hospital Birth Center. You and your family will have room to move about in our spacious labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum (LDRP) suites, and our staff will provide the support you need during your first hours and days of parenthood.
You and your doctor will decide when it is time for you to come to the Birth Center. When you arrive, a registered nurse will assess your contractions, check your baby and ask questions about your health, pregnancy and labor thus far. Your support person will be able to stay at your side through most of your assessment.
During labor, a registered nurse will monitor your labor and baby. Your nurse can also help you with pain relief. Pain relief options include massage, a warm shower, moving/repositioning, IV medication and epidural anesthesia, administered by a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA). (CRNAs are available 24/7.)
If a C-section is needed, we have two conveniently located C-section suites. One support person may stay with you throughout the C-section.
Most births are uncomplicated, but should complications arise, you’re in good hands. All of our nurses are certified in neonatal resuscitation, and neonatologists (physicians who specialize in the care of newborns) are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
After You Give Birth
You may be exhausted, exhilarated — or both — after delivery. Registered nurses will continue to monitor your condition, while other health care personnel attend to your baby’s initial needs. As you bond with your baby, we strongly encourage “kangaroo care” — skin-to-skin contact between parent and child — as it’s been shown to regulate babies’ heart rate, breathing and temperature.
You’ll be able to remain in your room throughout your hospital stay; your support person is encouraged to stay as well. Your baby will remain in your room too, with staff available to provide assistance and answer questions as needed.
If your baby is premature or needs extra care, he or she may spend time in our Level II Special Care Nursery. Our Special Care Nursery includes private rooms, with space where mom and dad can hold, cuddle and spend time with their baby.
Froedtert Menomonee Falls Hospital Birth Center Classes
Childbirth and newborn care classes are offered as a three-night series or a Saturday express class. We also offer a one-session refresher class for parents who are delivering for a second time and a breastfeeding class. All classes include a tour of the Froedtert Menomonee Falls Hospital Birth Center.
If you don't have time to come to an in-person class, we offer two online classes - "Childbirth and Newborn Care" and "Breastfeeding." You can learn at your pace and include your support people. You will have access to the class for 90 days, and it is available from any device connected to the internet. Interactive exercises include videos, helpful tools, checklists and trackers. To register for online classes, please call 414-805-3666.
Visitor Restrictions and Care Team Adjustments
We are taking precautions to keep you and your family safe in our Birth Center during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of these precautions may evolve unexpectedly over time, as continued guidance from the CDC shapes our policies moving forward. At this time, we are taking the following steps and ask your assistance in complying with them.
- We are currently allowing one visitor per patient. Those with you must be healthy. Anyone with symptoms of a fever, runny nose, cough and/or shortness of breath will not be allowed.
- Please bring everything you need with you. Movement in and out of the Birth Center will be greatly limited.
- In an effort to prevent the possible spread of disease from our hospitals to our clinics, we will temporarily be moving to a “hospitalist” model. This means there will be one doctor from our group at the hospital delivering obstetric care each day. Depending on the day, your primary obstetrics provider may not be at the hospital to be involved in your delivery and postpartum care. If this is the case, please be assured that your doctor will be informed and consulted about your care.
We appreciate your support and know that this situation may be frustrating and unsettling. Hopefully these changes in our practice will be short-lived, but we are in agreement that your health safety is our primary goal at all times.
Please call us if you have any questions or concerns surrounding COVID-19 in your pregnancy. We look forward to continuing to serve your health care needs.