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OB triage center opens to care for expectant mothers

Is it time for your baby to be born? When expectant mothers, who are at least 20 weeks pregnant, arrive at St. Cloud Hospital, they will be welcomed into the newly expanded and enhanced OB Triage Unit. Scheduled to open Jan. 7, the triage area is located just off the Center elevator on the third floor, next to the Family Birthing Center.

If experiencing signs of labor, women should check in with Patient Access staff (Admitting/Registration) at the hospital’s South entrance before going to the OB Triage Unit to be assessed. If in labor, patients will be admitted to Labor and Delivery in the Family Birthing Center based on the physician’s direction.

About the OB Triage Unit:

• Six private rooms provide dedicated space for each patient and family member

• Nurses with specialized OB training provide rapid assessment

Family members and visitors will be able to enjoy a roomy lobby equipped with comfortable seating, a large-screen television, and an ice/water dispenser.

St. Cloud Hospital’s Family Birthing Center wants babies to have the best possible start. Our physicians support and manage all types of births. They work closely with our Perinatology Clinic and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The Family Birthing Center is located next to the NICU to keep new moms close to their babies if the newborns require specialized intensive care.

When to go to OB Triage Unit:

Pregnant women should go to the Patient Access area (Admitting/Registration) and then OB triage if experiencing:

• Contractions that are strong and regular, every five minutes, lasting 55-60 seconds

• Leaking fluid

• Decreased fetal movement

• Bleeding, more than “show” or spotting

• Unusual concerns and are not comfortable at home

In-house obstetrician coverage

Your provider can reach one of our board-certified obstetricians 24 hours a day. They are available to consult on your plan of care or referral to St. Cloud Hospital in emergencies or when your physician is detained.

Case management

Case managers assist with high-risk pregnancies. These registered nurses have special training in prenatal, high-risk obstetrics, labor, delivery and postpartum care. If you have complex needs, a case manager will assist in coordinating your care – before, during and after your delivery. A case manager will work with you and your provider to create a personalized birthing plan. You can reach a case manager about planning for the birth of your baby at (320) 251-2700, ext. 53525.

Our Family Birthing Center cares for women in Central Minnesota with both high-and low-risk pregnancies. Each year, we bring nearly 3,000 little miracles into the world.

Call the St. Cloud Hospital Family Birthing Center at (320) 255-5745 to let us know you are coming.