The Family Center at Avera St. Mary’s Pierre
Having a child may be one of the most memorable moments in your life. Whether you’re a new mom going through the delivery or a proud father bursting with joy and excitement, Avera St. Mary's Hospital in Pierre, SD, strives to make your moment a wonderful experience at The Family Center.
Personalized Birth Experience
Every expectant mother holds unique needs and hopes for delivery. Receive care specifically tailored to you and your baby during this special time when you develop a personal birth plan with your care team.
Compassionate Birth Care 24/7
Trust the advanced technology and expert providers at Avera St Mary’s Hospital, supported by the strength of the Avera system. No matter when your baby is ready to arrive, our experienced care team helps guide you through the birthing process step by step. You’ll enjoy 24/7 access to our experienced team of obstetrics/gynecology specialists, pediatricians and family physicians.
Should your newborn need additional attention at an Avera neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), find comfort in knowing that all of our obstetrics nurses hold certification in Neonatal Life Support and S.T.A.B.L.E. for safe emergency transportation.
The Family Center Amenities
With our dedicated staff, spacious labor and delivery rooms, delicious meals and great gifts, you’re sure to have a safe and comfortable stay. Enjoy amenities such as:
- Private labor and delivery room with full bath and entertainment center
- Staff nursery available 24/7 to care for you newborn while you rest
- Free library with a variety of books and movies
Feel welcome and at home by enjoying free snacks and drinks from our 24/7 snack bar. You can also invite family and friends to visit and meet your newborn at The Family Center.
Support for New Parents
Taking care of yourself and a newborn can be challenging. Thankfully, you’re not alone as you navigate parenthood. You’ll appreciate free access to a variety of support services including breastfeeding and lactation services, childbirth education classes and educational videos about infant care, CPR and car seat safety.
Learn more about how to care for your newborn while watching episodes of Baby Talk on the patient channel. Ask your nurse for a specific TV guide featuring the times and descriptions of Baby Talk episodes scheduled to air during your stay.
Gain confidence to safely take your newborn home with Avera St. Mary’s Bright Beginnings program. Talk with a nurse one-on-one before you go home. Get answers to your questions and an assessment of your newborn’s health so you can start the new, exciting journey of parenthood with peace of mind.
As a new parent, you may experience the common concern about making your newborn feel uncomfortable during a bath. Learn the best techniques for bathing and dressing as you gain confidence during a private training session with your nurse.
The Family Center Booklet
Before going home, you’ll receive "The Family Center" booklet featuring answers to commonly asked questions about a variety of parenting topics such as:
- Bottle-feeding and breastfeeding
- Crying and comforting techniques
- Infant development and safety
- Newborn care
- Postpartum care
- Sucking and pacifiers