Who Attends the Birth of Your Baby?

Who Attends the Birth of Your Baby?

In an effort to make sure the lines of communication are always open, we want to draw your attention to these specifics:

If you see a MeritCare doctor, it is possible he/she may not be the doctor who attends your baby’s birth. While your doctor would certainly like to be there, it is physically not possible for the doctors to be at the hospital 24 hours a day.

If you give birth at MeritCare’s Family Birth Center between 5 p.m. and 7:30 a.m. weekdays, or between 5 p.m. Friday and 7:30 a.m. Monday; the on-call obstetrician will be attending. MeritCare obstetricians rotate on-call duties. If you would like, your obstetrician can arrange for you to meet some of the other MeritCare obstetricians prior to your baby’s birth.

If you see a MeritCare family practice doctor, he or she will attend your baby’s birth unless out of town or ill.

MeritCare Hospital is privileged to help welcome a large number of babies into the world every day. The number can sometimes present a challenge to our facility. Sometimes, we have to transfer a new mother, baby and family from the Family Birth Center to our overflow area to accommodate other families. We try to make the experience as comfortable as possible. If you are transferred, everything you need will be available to you in your new room, including a nursery, our expert staff and the same quality services. We appreciate your understanding!

Feel free to discuss these matters with your health care professional. If you will not be giving birth at MeritCare Family Birth Center, please talk to your local hospital or health care professional if you have questions.