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Sanford Birth Center
Pregnancy is a time of physical and emotional changes. You may feel happy, worried, excited and even fearful. Having a baby changes your life. The birth planners at Sanford Birth Center will help you prepare for and understand the choices you have for labor, delivery and postpartum.
Birth planners are registered nurses who will meet with you privately, after 36 weeks of pregnancy, to discuss your educational and childbirth needs.
Components of the birth plan session:
Birth planning sessions are scheduled for 30—45 minute time slots between the following hours:
Please come and visit or call at any time. We are happy to answer your questions.
Now you can buckle your baby in right, thanks to the Infant car seat program at Sanford Birth Center. North Dakota law requires children from birth to age four be secured in a car seat.
Sanford Birth Center's car seat (with base) may be used for babies up to 20 pounds. There is a charge of $44 per seat if you deliver at Sanford Health. The car seat is then yours to keep.
Parents interested in buying a car seat may do so before delivery if they are pre-registered at Sanford Health. Parents must view a video on car seat safety before taking a car seat home.
Car seats may be purchased during birth plan sessions. Please call (701) 323-6598 to make an appointment.
To view the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration car safety guidelines click here.
BAMBBE (Baby and Mother Beyond Birth Education) program is a home follow-up program in which a registered nurse will come to your home to visit with you and do a nursing assessment on you and your new baby. If you are unsure about needing a home visit, the BAMBBE nurse can just call to see if you have questions once you are home.
The goal of this visit is to assure the health and well-being of both mother and baby. During the visit, the nurse will, for instance, weigh your baby, check the cord and do a general check-up of your baby. There is no charge and it is strictly voluntary on your part.
If you have problems or questions, please feel free to call us any time day or night at
Well Baby Clinic
A Well Baby Clinic is offered 1—4 p.m. every Tuesday (except holidays) and from 5—7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month.
Starting on May 14th Well Baby Clinic will now also be offered on Thursdays from 9 a.m.—12 p.m.
The clinic is located at Sanford Children's North Clinic, 765 W. Interstate Ave., Bismarck.
No appointments are needed. Just stop by during the clinic hours and a registered nurse will weigh your baby and answer any questions you may have.
This is an opportunity for you to join us for an educational experience that will benefit your baby as well as your family. Attending a Well Baby Clinic allows you to meet other families with babies, too.
For more information, contact (701) 323-6596 or (800) 732-7126.
Circumcision is the removal of a small amount of foreskin from the end of the penis. For pain control during the procedure, lidocaine block is injected in the area and a sucrose solution is given to the baby orally.
No special care is required after the circumcision is healed.
First 72 hours:
A vaseline gauze is placed at the end of the penis to prevent it from sticking to the diaper
To clean, rinse the circumcized area with warm water. After it is healed your baby may go into the tub if the umbilical cord has fallen off.
There should be no bleeding. The head of the penis may become white or yellowish looking as it heals. This is normal—do not try to wipe it off.
Call your doctor if you notice any increased redness, swelling, tenderness or bleeding.
Care of uncircumcised baby:
Best advice is to just leave it alone.
Wash and rinse daily, using just soap and water.
Phototherapy is a treatment given to newborns who have a condition known as jaundice. Jaundice is common in newborn babies. It is caused by build up of a yellow-brown pigment called bilirubin, which is found in the blood and skin. No medical treatment is needed in most cases. It usually improves in four to five days.
Babies with higher amounts of bilirubin in their blood may require phototherapy treatment. The baby is placed under special fluorescent lights that help bilirubin to be absorbed.
The baby's bilirubin will be measured daily.
If your baby becomes more yellow after you've gone home, call your baby's doctor.