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Marshfield Medical Center Birth Center

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Marshfield Medical Center Birth Center provides growing central Wisconsin families access to exceptional pregnancy and newborn care, along with pediatric specialties through Marshfield Children’s Hospital.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Pregnancy is a life-changing experience. Our providers are with you every step of the way to guide, comfort and provide the best care possible for you. ​

Marshfield Medical Center delivers complete care and support to more than 1,000 newborn babies and families each year. We offer 24/7 in-hospital OB Physician, Midwife and Anesthesia coverage. ​

Our highly trained health care professionals provide personalized care for women during pregnancy and beyond, whether uncomplicated or high risk. Our Maternal Fetal Medicine and Neonatology experts work together with your OB Provider to provide the most comprehensive, highest level of care available in the region.

When complications are unexpected, our dedicated Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Marshfield Children's Hospital is steps away from the Birth Center and can provide specialized care when needed. Peace of mind that you have the most qualified health professionals at your fingertips when you need it.

Marshfield Medical Center Birth Center is an Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Distinction® Center for Maternity Care. 

Visitor Guidelines

Due to coronavirus cases in surrounding communities, Marshfield Clinic Health System locations are implementing temporary visitor restrictions.

Marshfield Medical Center is requiring all patients and visitors to wear a face mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Patients and visitors are asked to bring their own face mask to wear. If a patient or visitor does not have a mask, Marshfield Medical Center will provide one upon entry to the facility. As well, each patient and visitor will be screened for COVID-19 upon entry to the facility.

During COVID-19, each patient at the Birth Center is allowed one support person to be with them.

  • • We ask that the same support person remains for your entire stay.
  • • Your support person should stay in your room and limit time spent in the hallway or entering/exiting the unit and facility.
  • • Your support person will be screened daily for symptoms of COVID-19.
  • • We ask every support person to wear their face mask at all times, except when eating, drinking and sleeping.

View Special Circumstance Visitor Guidelines

Preparing for Childbirth

Download and complete your Birth Plan

  • • Writing down your birth preferences will help you to consider, ahead of time, the many decisions you will make during your labor and delivery. It will also allow you to communicate your ideas to your doctor and/or midwife and nursing staff so that we can better support you.
  • • It is important for you to remember that deliveries are not always smooth and predictable. You may need certain types of medication or monitoring to ensure the safety of you and your baby. Your provider and nursing staff will try to accommodate your wishes as much as possible, based on your needs and the needs of your baby.

Things to consider before giving birth:

  • • Have you chosen your baby’s doctor? Your OB provider, your friends and family are good resources to help you with your choice.
  • • How do you plan on feeding your baby?
  • • We offer the Hepatitis B vaccine within the 1st 24 hours for your baby. If you have questions about this vaccine, please feel free to talk with your nurse.
  • • If you have a boy, will you have him circumcised?
  • • Don’t forget to bring the baby’s car seat and a “going home outfit” with you to the hospital.

Safe Medications during Pregnancy

Condition/Symptom Medicine


• Cetirizine (Zyrtec®) 10mg once a day
• Diphenhydramine (Benadryl®) 25 or 50mg


• High fiber diet, increase fluids
• Metamucil® (psyllium)
• Citrucel® (methylcellulose)
• Milk of Magnesia® (magnesium hydroxide)
• FiberCon® (calcium polycarbophil)
• Colace® (docusate sodium)
• Senokot® (senna)

Cough (alcohol free syrup)

• Cough drops or lozenges
• Robitussin DM® (dexlromethorphan, guaifenesin)
• Mucinex® (guaifenesin)


• lmodiUM A-D® (loperamide)
• Kaopectate®


• Tylenol® (acetaminophen) products without aspirin


• Maalox®
• Simethicone
• Mylanta®


• Tums® (calcium carbonate)
• Rolaids®
• Mylanta®
• Maalox®
• Riopan®


• Anusol HC® (hydrocortisone)
• Preparation H® (phenylephrine, pramoxine, glyserin, petrolatum)
• Tucks® (witch hazel)

Nausea/Vomiting/Motion Sickness

• Sea-bands®
• Vitamin B6 25mg 3 times a day or 50mg 2times a day for a4-5 day trial, continue if it helps
• Tums®
• Rolaids®
• Ginger/ginger tea
• Hard candy

Pain —call clinic if located in abdomen

• Tylenol® (acetaminophen) Do not take more than 4000mg in 24 hours

Signs and Symptoms of Labor

Each person may experience labor in a different way. If you are concerned, at any point, regarding your symptoms or if you have any questions, please call OB Clinic 715-387-5161 from 8:00am-5:00pm and the Birth Center main desk at 715-387-7071 after hours and ask to speak to a nurse.

Signs and Symptoms of True Labor

  • • Contractions occur at a regular rate. With your first baby, once your contractions are 5 minutes apart or less, for a minimum of one hour, lasting at least a minute long.
  • • How to time your contractions: start with the beginning of your first contraction and measure the time until the beginning of your next contraction.
  • • Discomfort increases – you will have difficulty walking or talking through the contractions.
  • • Contractions do not subside when resting.
  • • Bloody show (vaginal discharge).
  • • Rectal pressure – feeling as if you need to have a bowel movement.

Signs and Symptoms of False Labor

  • • Contractions may be irregular (come and go).
  • • They subside or lessen when resting.
  • • They do NOT get stronger.
  • • No cervical change noted when a provider or nurse completes a cervical exam.

Signs and Symptoms of Pre-Term Labor (more than 3 weeks before your due date).

  • • Menstrual-like cramps
  • • Pelvic pressure
  • • Low backache
  • • New vaginal discharge, especially if red or pink
  • • Pain/cramps every 10 minutes or less that do not subside after resting, drinking fluids or emptying your bladder.

When You Should Be Seen By Your Provider

  • • Bag of water breaks/leaking fluid vaginally.
    • • This could be a very small leak or a large gush.
    • • You do not need to wait for contractions to begin.
  • • Constant, severe abdominal pain.
  • • Bright red vaginal bleeding
  • • Constant rectal pressure
  • • Decreased baby movement
  • • Continued or severe headache
  • • Blurring of your vision or spots before your eyes.
  • • Chills/fever
  • • Severe or continued nausea/vomiting

What To Do When Your Labor Starts

  • • During daytime hours, call the OB Clinic 715-387-5161 and ask to talk with a triage nurse.
  • • After clinic hours, please call the Birth Center main desk at 715-387-7071 and ask to speak with a nurse.
  • • Please always call the Birth Center desk before heading to the hospital so that we may prepare and be ready for your arrival.
  • • Arriving at the Hospital:
    • • 6am – 8pm – Please park in the parking lot by the hospital main entrance and enter through the main entrance doors. You will be screened upon entry and they will direct you to the Birth Center.
    • • 8pm – 6am – Please park in the Emergency Room parking lot. Enter through the Alternate ED Entrance set up specifically for laboring/OB and Oncology patients. You will be screened upon entry and will be escorted to the Birth Center.

Your Hospital Stay

Our goal at the Birth Center is to make your childbirth experience positive, relaxed, memorable and as personalized as possible. Each patient starts in a labor and delivery suite. Once delivery and recovery is complete, mom and baby will be moved to a clean, private postpartum room for the remainder of their stay.

Security is our number #1 priority. Your baby will be safe in the Birth Center. We use an electronic tag system to monitor each baby. As well, our unit is locked with one designated secure entrance for patients and visitors.

To help make childbirth as comfortable as possible, there are options for pain relief. Your nurse or provider is happy to discuss these options with you. Epidural anesthesia is available 24/7.

Skin to Skin after Delivery and C-Section

  • • Studies have shown that normal, term newborns who are placed skin to skin with their mothers immediately after birth, make the transition from fetal to newborn life with decreased stress. They have been shown to:
    • • Maintain their body temperature better
    • • Experience more stable heartrate and breathing
    • • Have higher blood oxygen levels
    • • Have more success with breastfeeding immediately after birth
    • • Better able to absorb and digest nutrients.
  • • We recommend skin to skin for both vaginal and c-section deliveries. If you have questions, please talk with your provider or nurse to receive more details.

Postpartum Tubal Ligation is also offered at Marshfield Medical Center and can be coordinated with your delivery. Please contact your provider for further details.

Lactation Services: We have trained IBCLC (Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultants) and Certified Lactation Counselors to assist and support you with all of your breastfeeding questions. They are available 6 days a week to meet your needs. Please see the link provided for more details.

Special Meal: We are happy to offer a complimentary Special Meal during your stay for you and your support person to celebrate the birth of your child.

Going Home: routine discharge is by 12:00 noon on the day of discharge. You, your OB provider and the baby’s Pediatrician will determine together when you and your baby are ready to go home. Mothers who have a vaginal birth may go home 1-2 days after the birth. Mothers who have a c-section delivery usually go home 3-4 days after giving birth.

What to expect when you have a baby during COVID-19

  • • Testing:
    • • All patients admitted to the hospital are tested for COVID-19. This is a quick nasal swab performed by the nurse. We get the results within a few hours. Knowing your COVID status helps us to properly and safely care for both you and your baby, as well as keep our staff safe.
    • • You will be asked to wear a mask as much as possible during your stay.
  • • Support Person:
    • • You will be allowed one support person to stay with you during your stay. This person will remain the same throughout your stay. If they become symptomatic, they will be asked to return home to protect our other mothers, vulnerable newborns and our staff. Your support person must always wear a mask in the hospital, except when eating, drinking or sleeping.
  • • If you test positive for COVID-19:
    • • Your baby will stay with you in your room during the entire stay. If possible, baby will be kept in an isolette in your room for even greater protection.
    • • You will need to wear a mask and perform hand hygiene when caring for your baby.
    • • If you desire to breastfeed, we will encourage this and support you.
    • • Your support person will be required to wear the proper PPE to remain in the room to support you.
    • • Your support person will be required to remain in the room with you at all times. Meals for your support person will be available for ordering through the cafeteria and will be complimentary

Breastfeeding/Lactation Services

​Marshfield Medical Center Birth Center offers lactation services staffed by International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC), who educate you on breastfeeding and work with you to overcome breastfeeding difficulties.

Learn more about lactation services >

Marshfield Medical Center in Marshfield accepts breast milk donations. Our milk depot program makes it possible for area women with an extra supply of breast milk to donate their milk. Learn more about MMC breast milk depot >

Marshfield Medical Center offers a variety of childbirth education classes and support groups to help you prepare for the arrival of your baby. Find classes >

Marshfield Medical Center Birth Center

611 N Saint Joseph Ave
Marshfield, WI 54449​

Arriving at the hospital
6 a.m. to 8 p.m.: Please enter through the Hospital Main Entrance

8 p.m.- 6 a.m.: Please enter through the Alternate ED Entrance (for OB & Oncology patients) to the left of the main ED Entrance.

The Birth Center is located on the second floor near the West Elevator.

Birth Center main desk: 715-387-7071

Lactation Warmline: 715-389-3903

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit: 715-387-7083

OB/GYN Clinic: 715-387-5161
Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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Visiting Hours - Daily

Monday-Sunday, 7 days a week: 

10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

1 p.m. to 4 p.m. is quiet time (no visitors allowed)

Quiet Time allows mothers time to recover, promotes bonding, helps establish breastfeeding and gives mothers much needed rest.


Shining Star

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