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Birth Center

River Falls Area Hospital Birth Center

River Falls Area Hospital Birth Center welcomes a beautiful baby

To schedule a tour or to learn more, call 715-307-6330.

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Welcome to the Birth Center at River Falls Area Hospital. You and your new baby are in the finest of hands at our Birth Center.

In a recent survey of our labor and delivery patients, the Birth Center earned the highest satisfaction rating among area hospitals.

Our Birth Center features:

  • private, spacious birth suites
  • complete pain management program
  • choice: vaginal births, cesareans and vbacs
  • equipment needed for your baby's birth – such as fetal monitoring ? to measure your contractions, the baby's heart rate and other vital signs
  • full-time OB/GYN staff to provide advanced care for complicated pregnancies and births, such as Cesareans ? or VBACs ?
  • infant hearing screening
  • breastfeeding ? (lactation) help by certified lactation consultants
  • pediatric and family care physicians
  • celebratory dinner for the new parents
  • gifts from us to you — new babies receive hand-knit caps and other gifts, compliments of the River Falls Area Hospital Auxiliary Group.
  • Advanced care for difficult deliveries

New mom finds comfort and care at home in Wisconsin

With her due date approaching, Whitney needed to find a new obstetrician — quickly. Whitney and Aaron first met Michael Tiffany, DO, when she was 32 weeks pregnant, and the timing couldn’t have been better.

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Fetal monitoring

We can assess your baby's well-being by checking your baby's heart rate while measuring your contractions.

Learn about different kinds of fetal monitors in our pregnancy and childbirth manual.

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Cesarean birth

In a Cesarean birth, your baby is born through an incision (surgical cut) in your abdomen.

A Cesarean birth can happen with any pregnancy. Cesareans can be planned or unplanned. Learn what to expect in our pregnancy and childbirth manual.

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Vaginal birth after a Cesarean (VBAC)

If you have already had an emergency or planned Cesarean, you may be able to attempt a vaginal birth with this baby. This birth is known as a VBAC.

Learn more about VBACs in our pregnancy and childbirth manual.

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Getting breastfeeding well established

It may take time for for you to feel confident about breastfeeding and for you and your baby settle into a comfortable routine. This doesn't mean that you will have a lot of problems. It means that you and your baby may take a few weeks to get to know one another and how best to nurse.

Learn about changes that are part of establishing breastfeeding in our pregnancy and childbirth manual.

Birth Center tour

To schedule a tour,
call 715-307-6330.

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You and your baby are always the center of our attention.

Our staff has decades of experience helping babies and their families get started. We have RNs certified in obstetric nursing, as well as nurses certified in prenatal education.

Our staff supports all birth plans ranging from non-medicated labors utilizing comfort and positioning techniques to labors managed with epidurals. We work with you to make your birth personal and comfortable according to your labor and birth preferences.

Physicians who deliver obstetrics care at River Falls Area Hospital.

Family Medicine ? and Obstetrics and Gynecology ?

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Family medicine

A family doctor is concerned with the general health needs of people of all ages. Focusing on the primary care of you and your family, he or she can refer you to a specialist or community resources when appropriate.

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Obstetrics and gynecology (OB/GYN)

Some women choose an obstetrician/gynecologist as a main health care provider. OB/GYNs are doctors who specialize in the care of the female reproductive system, including pregnancy and childbirth. Nurse practitioners also can specialize in health care for women.

Pediatrics ?

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Pediatricians are doctors who care for children. They specialize in the emotional, physical and social growth of babies to teens.

Private rooms

River Falls Area Hospital - mom and baby

To schedule a tour or to learn more, call 715-307-6330.

You and your baby will stay in our private mother-baby care rooms designed for you and your families' needs.

The mother-baby rooms feature a sleeper chair, telephone, TV, DVD/CD player and full bathroom.

Our private room Birth Center promotes mother/infant bonding and family/infant bonding. Your baby has been close to you for many months and thrives on the security of your familiar presence.

Caring for your baby in your room gives you a wonderful opportunity to get to know your baby's unique personality and to learn about or review infant care and feeding.

Expert guidance from our staff is available throughout your stay. They will provide you with the most up to date newborn care and postpartum care available. This education includes individual family instruction as well as live demonstrations, video and written material.

We want to ensure you and your family have all you need to stay healthy and make a smooth transition home.

Celebration dinner

We want to help celebrate the birth of your baby by providing dinner for you and your partner. Select your entrée from a menu designed to celebrate the miracle of birth, and enjoy a quiet dinner together before you head home.


Newborn hearing, jaundice, critical congenital heart defect and metabolic screens are done prior to discharge to ensure your baby has a healthy start.

Car seat inspections

Car seat technicians are available to help ensure your infant car seat meets all the standards, as well as show you how to buckle your infant into the car seat properly prior to the delivery of your baby. Car seat technician availability is limited so be sure to inquire ahead of time.

Breastfeeding help

If you choose to breastfeed your baby, we have certified lactation (breastfeeding) counselors available. We also have an international board certified lactation consultant to assist you with breastfeeding. Talk with your nurse for any assistance you may need.

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Getting breastfeeding well established

It may take time for for you to feel confident about breastfeeding and for you and your baby settle into a comfortable routine. This doesn't mean that you will have a lot of problems. It means that you and your baby may take a few weeks to get to know one another and how best to nurse.

Learn about changes that are part of establishing breastfeeding in our pregnancy and childbirth manual.


For more information, call the Birth Center at 715-307-6319.

Our staff would like to help make your breastfeeding experience a positive one. Several of our hospital nurses have received advanced lactation education, training and certification.

Our lactation consultants and educators are available to meet with you to answer questions and assist you with your breastfeeding needs.

If you need additional help with breastfeeding after going home, call us at 715-307-6319 and leave a message with your question. Calls will be returned within 24 hours. You can also schedule outpatient breastfeeding appointments.

Baby Cafe

River Fall's Baby Café is a free, drop-in center for pregnant and breastfeeding moms to consult with an international board certified lactation consultant or counselor.

The café is open every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the United Methodist Church in River Falls, Wisconsin. For more information, call 715-307-6319.

Moms welcome new Baby Café breastfeeding group

Michele Johnson and her baby girl Margaret

Michele Johnson holding her baby girl Margaret.

Michele Johnson and her baby girl Margaret

Kensey Schultz holding her daughter Tenley.

Since its launch in November 2013, Baby Café has won some dedicated supporters. New moms have found its combination of access to River Falls Area Hospital certified lactation consultants and the support and encouragement of the other moms in the group invaluable.

Second grade teacher Michele Johnson attended the inaugural meeting of Baby Café. She’d given birth to her baby girl, Margaret, two months earlier, and was already thankful for the breastfeeding support she’d found from Birth Center RN and certified lactation consultant Karen Gresback.

"Breastfeeding was the hardest thing I’ve done in my life," said Michele. "Now, it’s fantastic and it’s easy, and I attribute that mostly to Karen Gresback and Baby Café."

She recalled feeling inspired at one of the early meetings she attended as she watched a mother-of-two juggle a young child and a newborn at the same time.

"It was just so fluid and easy for her and showed me the other side of what nursing can be," said Michele, who – in common with the overwhelming majority of new moms – found that breastfeeding did not come as easily as she had hoped. "It gave me hope that some day, my experience would be as good as hers."

First time mother Kensey Schultz made the trip to Baby Café as her first proper outing once she arrived home after giving birth to her daughter Tenley two months earlier.

"I have met other moms who share similar experiences, and that’s a really neat piece of it," she said. "Breastfeeding takes practice, persistence and patience. The Baby Café group has encouraged me to work through my own challenges. I feel fortunate, especially as I know breastfeeding does not work for everyone."

She added: "What works for one mom doesn’t necessarily work for another mom. Baby Café is a safe place to ask questions and I really enjoy it."

River Falls Area Hospital childbirth classes

RFAH sibling class

Every mother's labor and delivery experiences are unique. And we believe your prenatal education should be just as personalized. We offer classes to help prepare you and your family for childbirth and your new baby.

To register for any of these classes, call 715-307-6060 unless otherwise noted.

Big Brother/Big Sister

Learn what babies are like, practice diapering a doll and take a tour of the Birth Center to get ready for your new sibling.

Healthy Pregnancy

Find out what to expect during the next nine months and beyond from certified prenatal and nutrition specialists. Call 715-425-6701 for specific class times and to register.

Childbirth Preparation

Learn about stages of labor, relaxation techniques, postpartum care and caring for your newborn.

Childbirth Express

This is a one day, 8 hour class that includes childbirth preparation, infant care and a tour of the Birth Center. We will cover the same information presented in the Childbirth Preparation weekly classes in a condensed version.

Breastfeeding Basics

Taught by a lactation consultant, this class teaches the benefits of breastfeeding, and explains breast feeding support resources and products.

Baby & Me

In partnership with the Family Resource Center

Learn about infant massage, nutrition and many parenting topics at this weekly playgroup for parents and their infants from birth to 12 months. Sessions are not sequential.