Women's Center at Avera Queen of Peace Mitchell
When you’re expecting, you want to receive the best care possible while welcoming your newborn into the world. Find the expert and compassionate care you’re looking for at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital’s Women's Center in Mitchell, SD.
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 maternal care team.
Innovative & Compassionate Birth Care
No matter when your baby is ready to arrive, our experienced women's care team helps guide you through the birthing process step by step. You’ll find comfort in receiving care from a team that delivers over 550 babies each year.
During your stay at the Women's Center, enjoy amenities such as:
- Three labor, delivery and recovery (LDR) suites, complete with all the comforts of home
- Nine private rooms, each with a bathroom, shower, whirlpool, and recliner
- Birthing beds
- Pain management options, including epidurals
- Nursery located next to the main nurses' station and equipped with a HUGS® security system
- Family-friendly environment complete with beverage center in the waiting area, and complimentary evening meal for your support person
Women's Center Photo Tour
We are honored to share this momentous event with you! If you have any questions, please call 605-995-2201.
You and your support person will enter the locked unit via this lobby. Visitors can also wait here when Mom needs some privacy for breastfeeding or resting.
Upon arrival to the Women’s Center, you will be placed in one of our state-of-the-art labor and delivery rooms. You will remain in this room until after the birth of your baby.
Our labor and delivery rooms feature an HD TV, birthing bed, a storage cabinet holding labor supplies and plenty of space for your belongings, as well as a recliner for your support person.
Upon admission, you will be monitored by a centralized fetal monitor system. The monitor depicts the baby’s heart rate, as well as contractions. Additional portable fetal monitors are available if you are allowed to ambulate during labor. Your provider is able to view this system at the office, at home, or on their phone -- keeping them abreast of your progress.
We are proud of the security measures in the Women’s Center protecting both you and your infant. In addition to being a locked unit, babies receive a HUGs tracking tag that is placed around their ankle. This allows staff to know the location of your infant at all times, whether they are in the room with you, in the nursery, or in a portable bassinet. Mothers receive a KISSES bracelet that is synched to your infant’s HUGs tag. If you need to rest and want your infant to go to the nursery, the system will make a harmonious sound indicating the correct infant/mother match upon returning your baby to you.
After delivery, you will be moved to one our nine spacious postpartum rooms. Each room has a whirlpool tub/shower for you to enjoy, as well as a comfortable recliner for breastfeeding or for your support person. Each room offers a small refrigerator as well.
This is an alternate view of the postpartum room. You’ll notice it features a white board with your nurses name, your pain level and other important information.
Your infant will be placed in one of our bassinets during their stay. Infants must be transported to and from the nursery in the bassinet. For safety and security reasons, infants are never to be carried in the hallways.
Breastfeeding is encouraged as the gold standard in infant nutrition, and staff are trained in breastfeeding support to assist you. Boppy pillows are available on the unit if you wish to leave yours at home. If you prefer formula over breastfeeding, the hospital supplies Similac products for you to utilize during your stay, and nursing staff can assist you with that request.
The nursery is equipped with an infant warmer, monitors and other safety equipment. We encourage couplet care or having your baby in your room with you so you can observe feeding cues and become familiar with your little one. Some infants stay in the room with their mothers the entire stay. However, it is necessary for some infants to spend the first few hours in the nursery, allowing providers and staff an opportunity to assess your infant. Your infant will be returned to you as soon as possible.
Level II Nursery
If your newborn needs special attention in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), our Level II Nursery is equipped with the latest technology, including:
- Monitors for oxygen, vital signs and nearly every system of your newborn’s body Warmers, isolettes and bili lights to keep your newborn warm and comfortable
- Support equipment such as ventilators to stabilize your newborn if a transport to our Level IIIB NICU is needed
- Avera CareView technology to connect with Avera neonatologists and pediatric specialists 24/7
As a new parent, you may feel overwhelmed by having a baby in the NICU. Rest assured knowing your newborn receives the best care possible at Avera.
Support for New Parents
Taking care of yourself and a newborn can be challenging. Thankfully, you’re not alone as you navigate parenthood. Prepare yourself and your family for the arrival of your baby at Avera’s Women's Center with childbirth education classes offered several times a year on topics such as:
- Expectant parent classes
- Childbirth preparation classes
- Sibling classes
- Infant and child CPR instruction
Breastfeeding & Lactation
Breastfeeding provides the best possible nutrition for your newborn through the first six months of life. That’s why you’ll want to take advantage of our free, breastfeeding and lactation services. Find support, encouragement and answers to your questions while learning about the value and techniques of breastfeeding. Benefit from:
- Breastfeeding class for expectant parents
- Women's care nursing staff specially trained in breastfeeding assistance and support
- Kangaroo (skin-to-skin) care to facilitate early breastfeeding
- "Rooming in" available in all postpartum rooms
- Assistance with transitioning back to work and working with employers and daycare providers
- Resources and information on breastfeeding aids and equipment
- Breastfeeding products from Avera@Home’s home medical equipment resources, including:
- Medala breast pump
- Breast pumping accessories
- Breast care products
- Nursing pillows
To support your breastfeeding success, we strive to maintain a quiet environment and allow you private time to bond and feed your baby.