Pregnancy & Postpartum Resources

When to Call Your Provider

There are many normal changes and discomforts in late pregnancy. There are also some things that are not normal. If you notice any of these danger signs, call your OB care provider or the hospital right away:
  • Bleeding from the vagina
  • Nausea or vomiting that does not stop
  • A bad headache
  • Sudden swelling of the face, hands, feet or ankles that goes along with sudden weight gain
  • Blurred vision or spots before your eyes
  • Marked decrease in the amount of urine passed
  • Pain or burning when passing urine
  • Fever
  • Gush or leaking of water from the vagina before your due date
  • Unusual or strong pain in any part of your body
  • Discharge from the vagina that causes itching or soreness
  • Change in the activity of your baby, either greatly increased activity or feeling no movement

Pain Management & Anesthesia

During your pregnancy you'll be faced with many decisions, including labor and birth options. Pain management options largely depend on your preferences and how your labor is progressing. No two women have the same tolerance for pain, and no two labors are exactly alike. Your anesthesiologist will discuss your anesthesia options with you and provide you with the safest, most effective pain reduction option available for your unique individualized labor situation.
  • Non-pharmacological pain management (one-to-one nursing support, breathing, birthing ball, relaxation, Jacuzzi, walking, etc).
  • Nitrous oxide.
  • IV medication.
  • Intrathecal (one-time injection given in the back by an anesthesiologist).
  • Epidural.
A staff anesthesiologist is designated to the Birthing Center at all times.

Cesarean Delivery

Whether a cesarean birth is planned or unexpected, our birthing sites provide the latest technology together with a staff of specially trained experts. As part of our family-centered approach to childbirth, fathers or coaches may accompany the mother into surgery with the physician's approval.

Community Resources

Abbie Shelter and Violence Free Crisis Line (406) 752-7273
Emergency shelter and crisis intervention for victims of domestic and sexual violence in the Flathead Valley.
https://www.abbieshelter.org 

Flathead Valley Breastfeeding Coalition (406) 897-4473
Protects, promotes, and supports breastfeeding in the Flathead Valley community.
Offer the Baby Bistro which is a collaboration of mom/baby support groups in the area.
Follow on Facebook and Instagram.  
https://flatheadvalleybreastfeeding.weebly.com 

Flathead County Health Department (406) 751-8101
Promotes healthy children and adults of all income levels.
Includes community health services, immunizations, breastfeeding support, parenting resources, and a clinic. 
https://flatheadhealth.org  

Healthy Montana Kids (HMK) (888) 706-1535
Affordable healthcare for children.
https://dphhs.mt.gov/hmk                                                                                

Healthy Montana Families (406) 751-8158
Maternal and Early Childhood Home Visiting.                                                                     
https://dphhs.mt.gov/publichealth/home-visiting  

Hope Family Resource Center (406) 257-6006
A resource for education, mentoring and material resources.
https://hopepregnancyministries.org/hope-family-resource-center 

Postpartum Support International (800) 944-4773 OR TEXT (503) 894-9453
Postpartum depression and mental health awareness.
Provides support, education and local resource information.
https://www.postpartum.net 

Mother’s Milk Bank of Montana (406) 531-6789
Non-profit organization that collects, screens, pasteurizes and distributes human donor milk.
http://mothersmilkbankofmt.org 
  
The Nurturing Center (406) 756-1414 or 800-204-0644
Helps families face the many and diverse challenges parents face while raising their children, including classes to facilitate family functioning.
https://nurturingcenter.org  

WIC Office (Women, Infants, Children) (406) 751-8170
Supplemental nutrition program for women, infants and children.  Provides valuable nutrition information, breast feeding support, healthcare referrals and nutritious foods.
https://flatheadhealth.org/wic 

Baby Blues Connection 1-800-577-8375
babybluesconnection.org  

Postpartum Progress
postpartumprogress.com

Postpartum Support International  1-800-944-4773
postpartum.net

Mental Health America
mentalhealthamerica.net

Infant Car Seat Safety

Take advantage of these local resources to learn how to correctly install your car seat.

Logan Health Medical Center
Labor and Delivery: We have six child passenger safety certified nurses to assist you during your visit.

Kalispell Fire Department
By appointment
(406) 758-7760
312 1st Ave E
Kalispell, MT 59901

Flathead City-County Health Department
By appointment
Wendy Olson
(406) 751-8106
1035 1st Ave W
Kalispell, MT 59901
http://flatheadhealth.org/health-promotion/car-seats

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