Obstetrics & Gynecology
Obstetrics & Gynecology (OB-GYN)
- Birth Control
- Fertility Resources
- General Gynecology
- Prenatal Visits
- Provider Choices
- Services and Procedures
- The Birth Center
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Caring for your family in labor
The Birth Center, part of Owatonna Hospital, is conveniently located on the same floor as where your prenatal appointments will take place. The Birth Center is equipped to provide care during labor, delivery and recovery (LDR). There is a newborn nursery located directly behind the nurse’s station.
Upon your arrival to the unit, you will be assessed by a nurse who will share information with your provider. This assessment may include taking your vital signs (temperature, pulse, respiration rate and blood pressure), feeling your abdomen for strength of contractions, doing a vaginal exam to check for cervical dilation, placing you on an external fetal heart monitor to assess fetal heart rate and frequency of contractions, drawing laboratory tests and asking questions about your current and past health.
Ongoing assessment and evaluation of your labor progress occurs with communication of this information to your provider as needed. You may remain on the fetal heart monitor throughout your labor or you may only have this used intermittently, depending on the health and welfare of both you and your baby. Some providers order an Intravenous (IV) access to be started for their patients. Ice chips or clear liquids will be provided during labor, depending on your providers orders.
It is our goal to make your entire stay a positive one for you and your family. You can assist us by letting us know about any special requests or concerns you may have during your stay.
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Labor and Delivery
The labor and delivery suite allows for labor and delivery care in the comfort of your own private room.
After your baby is born
After your baby is born, you will move to a post-partum suite located just down the hall from where you delivered. Here you will recover and receive care in your own private room.
The nursery is available if you are in need of a break and is located only steps away from each of the birthing suites. The nursery is monitored by nursing staff around-the-clock to provide the safest environment for your baby.
The family lounge is always available to your visitors.
Each birthing suite has it's own private bathroom.
A person refrigerator and microwave are located in each of the post-partum suites for your convenience.