Aspirus Riverview Family Birthplace
Aspirus Riverview Hospital's Main Medical Building, Third Floor
410 Dewey Street
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494
There are several forms we ask mom to complete during her stay with us. If you would like to complete these forms in advance, please print them, complete them and pack them in your delivery bag.
Each year, the staff of Aspirus Riverview Family Birthplace has the honor of helping bring nearly 500 “little wonders” into the world.
At our Birthplace, moms deliver and get to know their little ones in comfortable, spacious rooms with whirlpool tubs and loveseats. Our staff is committed to providing a warm, safe environment and excellence in care, making this the best possible birth experience for moms and families.
Seven of our rooms are designed to accommodate a new mom’s entire labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum (LDRP) experience. There is even a Cesarean-section operating room right in our Birthplace, so all moms can experience the wonder of this special place, regardless of delivery method.
Following delivery, the LDRP room is converted to a spacious, comfortable living area for the new mom's comfort and enjoyment. A love seat pulls out to provide extra seating or a place for mom’s support person to sleep.
"Rooming in" provides the perfect opportunity for the new mom and family to become acquainted with its newest member. The baby is welcome to stay in the room as much as desired and may be returned to the nursery at any time mom wishes to sleep, bathe or just spend time alone. The nursery will be used to assess your baby's health and perform any necessary procedures.
We offer our Birthplace patients room service, so your meals are delivered when it is convenient for you. Just let your nurse know when you are going to be ready for a meal.
Patient privacy laws do not allow Birthplace staff to answer questions from family or friends who visit or call to inquire about their loved one’s delivery.
Getting Ready for Delivery
There are a number of things you can do in advance to prepare for your first few weeks at home with baby:
Call the Clinic or Go to the Hospital?
You may call your clinic anytime during their normal business hours with questions for your doctor. In most cases, your doctor’s assistant will take a message, and your doctor will call you back. You should always call Aspirus Riverview Family Birthplace and come in anytime you experience the following:
What to Bring to the Hospital
Remember to pack these items in your hospital bag:
Your Pain Management Is Important to Us. Our staff is committed to excellence in pain management. In partnership with you, our goal is to help you better understand and control your pain. Pain management is a team effort! You will take an active role in working with your doctors and nurses to manage your pain. Upon admission and throughout your stay, we will regularly ask you about your pain using a pain assessment scale to measure your pain level. This 0-to-10 scale (0 = no pain, 10 = severe pain) helps you to better explain to your health care provider the pain that you are feeling. Any time that you have pain that is not controlled, let us know. Never assume that your health care providers know you are in pain.
Childbirth pain can be treated with a variety of methods. It is recommended that you attend a childbirth class near the end of your second trimester or beginning of your third trimester. The childbirth class will help you understand what is happening to your body, prepare you for birth, discuss prelabor signs, discuss onset of labor and provide you with helpful comfort techniques.
We realize that not everyone wishes to use pain medications during labor. Whatever your wishes are regarding pain medication, we will support you in your decision. In addition to relaxation and breathing techniques, other options are available to assist you in staying as comfortable as possible while in labor. These include the rocking chair, labor balls, walking, whirlpool tubs and pain medications including labor epidurals. Even if you are not planning to use pain medication during labor, it is important that you talk to your provider before delivery to know what is available and when administration is safest for you and your baby. Upon admission to the hospital, your provider and nurse will again discuss with you what choices you have made, the available options, the pros and cons of the options, and when it is safest for you and your baby to have them.
Pain Management After Delivery
It is not uncommon for your provider to prescribe more than one type of medication based on your specific pain. Your nurse will inform you of the pain medication prescribed for you. Be sure you understand your medicines, potential side effects, and symptoms to report.
Your Pain Care Rights
As a patient with pain, you have the right to:
Your Pain Care Responsibilities
As a patient, you have the responsibility to:
The support and help of your family members will often be needed after you are discharged from the hospital.
There are several ways you can prepare for breastfeeding before baby’s arrival:
Breastfeeding in the Hospital
There are a number of things you can do while still in the Birthplace to give your breastfeeding experience a great start:
Questions After You Go Home
If you have a breastfeeding question after you go home, please don't hesitate to call Aspirus Riverview Family Birthplace.
One-on-One Instruction While you're still in the Birthplace, our nurses will spend time with you providing one-on-one instruction and showing you some educational videos. This will help you go home feeling more confident about taking care of your new baby. Our nurses will also follow up with you after you go home to provide support and answer your questions.
The videos you will watch relate to mom/baby care, infant CPR and breastfeeding. If you are comfortable during labor, you can start watching the videos then. Otherwise, you will need to watch them the day before you go home from the Birthplace. This will help your discharge process go more rapidly when it is time for you to go home.
Before you go home, you will also need to turn in your completed forms (listed in the “Getting Ready for Delivery” section above).
Car Seat Required Aspirus Riverview Family Birthplace requires that all our newborns go home in an approved infant car seat. Infant car seats should be six years old or newer and never involved in a car accident. (Even a minor car accident can cause damage to the car seat, which may not be seen by you.) Please DO NOT purchase a head rest, covers for the car seat straps or toys for the car seat handles. If the head rest and the car seat straps did not come with your car seat, they have not been crash tested with your car seat and can cause harm to your baby if they slip. Toys for car seat handles can harm your baby if you stop short or are involved in a car accident. They can also cause motion sickness in infants. For more information about car seat requirements and safety, click here.