Birthing Services at CentraCare – Long Prairie

Giving birth is one of the most exciting times for you and your family. It’s also one of the most uniquely personal experiences you’ll ever have. No matter what kind of experience you’re looking for, know that we have options to fit your style and personality. We're dedicated to providing you with everything you need to see you through every stage of your pregnancy, delivery, and postpartum care.

We follow baby-friendly guidelines for postpartum and newborn care, offer skin to skin after delivery, have a lactation counselor for assistance with breastfeeding and welcome doulas.

You also have the option of choosing to use the services of a family medicine physician or a certified nurse midwife to deliver your baby.

Certified Nurse Midwives are licensed health care practitioners who are qualified to administer drugs, perform medical procedures and provide other technological interventions. We were one of the first hospitals in Minnesota to offer this service. Learn more about our Nurse Midwife Services

Meet our Mother/Baby Care Providers

Comfort During Labor

Our birthing suites provide state-of the art labor, delivery and newborn care in a comfortable and modern environment. Special features include:

  • Private birthing suites allowing mothers to stay in the same room for labor, birth and post-partum experience.
  • Large rooms with private baths, whirlpool tubs, sleeper sofas
  • Whirlpool tubs allow women to deliver their babies by underwater birth
  • Birthing beds designed to convert to a seated position to comfortably support mothers during breastfeeding
  • Specially designed sink for baby’s first bath
  • Sleeper sofas that convert into a comfortable bed for your support person
  • Newborn Hearing Screening
  • Complimentary dinner for new parents
  • Free wireless internet service
  • Cable television

Long Prairie Birthing Suites

Private birthing suites allow mothers to stay in the same room from labor, birth and post-partum care. Birthing beds are designed to convert to a seated position to comfortably support mothers during breastfeeding.

A spacious family area includes a sleeper sofa that converts into a comfortable bed for an overnight guest.

A large private bath with whirlpool tub allows women to deliver their babies by underwater birth. This also aids in the labor process, providing an alternative comfort option and may help expedite healing.

We offer an environment where you'll feel safe and comfortable with our modern, family amenities.

Comprehensive Services

CentraCare – Long Prairie offers the following comprehensive services to support healthy moms and babies.

Prenatal, Childbirth and Newborn Education

As an expecting parent, awaiting the birth of your baby is exciting as well as a big adjustment. It is never too early to schedule your prenatal classes. We encourage you to have all of your classes completed four weeks before your due date. To learn more about our prenatal classes and to register, please call 320-732-2131.

Breastfeeding and Lactation Support

If you are breastfeeding, pumping and/or supplementing, CentraCare – Long Prairie offers lactation services to support you, your new baby and your feeding choices. We encourage you to talk about your preferences with your doctor.

CentraCare Milk Depot
By having a milk depot, CentraCare – Long Prairie helps to ensure that medically vulnerable babies in Minnesota and the Upper Midwest have access to safely pasteurized human donor milk when a mother’s own milk is unavailable or in low supply. Donations are sent to the Minnesota Milk Bank for Babies to be pasteurized, tested for bacteria, frozen, stored and shipped to health care facilities in need.

Review breastfeeding and milk depot resources and read milk depot frequently asked questions.
• For more information on the milk depot at CentraCare – Long Prairie, call 320-732-7290.

Before Week 28 of Your Pregnancy

Please send in this preregistration form to the hospital as soon as possible, but no later than week 28. Put in a stamped envelope and mail to CentraCare – Long Prairie, 20 Ninth Street Southeast, Long Prairie, MN 56347.

Check with your health plan about your readmission requirements, length of stay and other concerns.

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