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What OB Services are available at CMMC?
CMMC has a labor and delivery, postpartum and nursery unit which is fully staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We are able to provide care to pregnant women, including those with prenatal complications (preterm labor, increased blood pressure, etc.), those having a vaginal delivery or scheduled or emergency c- sections. We provide postpartum care for new moms. CMMC has a Level I nursery, but do provide some services that Level II nursery's provide such as the ability to manage newborns with minor breathing problems, feeding difficulties, or newborns that may require IV antibiotics. This is done in consult with Neonatologists in Great Falls or Billings. Transport to those facilities is arranged if necessary.
What physicians in Lewistown provide OB services?
There are three Family Practice Physicians who provide OB services: Dr. Bennett, 535-6289, Dr. Comes, 535-1515 & Dr. Marchion, 535-7791.
Dr. Tom Key is a Perinatologist from Great Falls who visits Lewistown on a regular basis to help provide care for women with high-risk pregnancies.
Are childbirth classes available?
Free of charge! Classes are offered in January, April, July and October. Class format is 3 classes, once weekly, from 7-9 pm. Classes are held at CMMC in conference room #1.
Classes are taught by CMMC OB nurses with discussions on topics such as stages of labor, delivery, and postpartum care as well as breastfeeding and newborn care. Powerpoint presentations, videos, a tour of CMMC’s OB department and plenty of time for questions are just some of the things these classes provide.
Do not miss this opportunity to prepare for your upcoming birth event! For exact dates and to register for class, call the OB department at (406)535-6286.
Central Montana Community Breastfeeding Group Meetings:
The Central Montana Community Breastfeeding Support Group provides an opportunity to gather; with the guidance of a Certified Lactation Specialist, to share stories and offer support to each other in a warm, nurturing, and baby-friendly environment.
Meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month at 10:00 am in the Lewistown Library upper level meeting room.
Sponsored by: The Central Montana Health District Nutrition & Physical Activity Program (406)535-3983
Contact the OB Department at 535-6286 or OB Educator at 535-2081.
Breastfeeding education and support is also available by Certified Lactation Consultants.
What is available for pain management during labor?
We encourage all our mothers-to-be to attend Lamaze Prepared Childbirth classes. By attending these classes you can be prepared for what will occur during labor and learn breathing methods to help with the management of the pain of labor. Pain medications are also available if you desire. Let your nurse know if you desire pain medication. All pain medications need a physician order so your nurse will need to contact your physician if you desire pain medications. Pain management can include pain medication given to you in your IV or intrathecal narcotic pain medication. Instillation of intrathecal medication is a newer technique but it is performed in much the same manner as an epidural. An injection of a narcotic is done into the cerebral spinal fluid within the intrathecal space using much the same technique as is done with an epidural the risk of toxic effects and the risks of getting "too high" are minimal because of the small dose necessary. Ask your physician or nurse for more information.
What should I bring to the hospital?
Here is what we provide:
- Large insulated mug for ice water
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Kotex pads
- Disposable stretch underwear to hold pads in place
- Cleansing squirt bottle
- Nightgowns & bathrobes while here
- Diapers/clothes for baby while here
You will need to bring shampoo and conditioner, going home clothes for you and the baby, baby blankets, infant car seat and any personal items you may want. DON"T FORGET your camera. Remember though, no videotaping is allowed during the actual delivery (per hospital policy), however, you are more than welcome to tape before and after. Record those once in a lifetime moments!
Who can visit while we are in the hospital?
Hospital visiting hours are 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m with exception during our "Shh...Nap Time" program. So our mom's can rest, we have limited visitation hours from 1:00 p.m to 3:00 p.m. each day. We require that all visitors check in at the OB Nurse's Station before visiting OB patients. We also ask that visitors not visit if they are ill or have ill children. Children may visit if they are not sick. The father of the baby or Mom's support person may visit at anytime. Father's may stay all night if desired. Check with the nurse.
What training/experience do the OB Staff have?
All OB RN's have extensive training in OB and Neonatal care with most having several years of OB experience. All are NRP (Neonatal Resuscitation Program) certified, Electronic Fetal Monitoring Certified, and have completed STABLE (Stabilization of newborn for transport) certification. All staff must also have CPR certification. All OB CNA's are CPR certified and extensively trained in the care of newborns.
How do you provide security against infant abduction?
CMMC has an infant security system in operation at all times. Other security measures are also taken. Your nurse will visit with you about this when you are admitted.
Can I have my baby in my room with me all the time?
If both you and your baby are doing well you have the option to room in or have your baby in your room with you. Notify your nurse if this is something you want to do. Remember, your rest is important also. The nurses will be glad to take your baby to the nursery so you may rest if needed, just let your nurse know.
What if I have questions about myself or my baby after I go home?
Give us a call at 535-6286 anytime, day or night. Someone is always available to answer your questions and help you through the wonderful new experience.