As a health and physical education teacher for McGregor Schools, Becky Hagen loved continuing her active lifestyle while expecting her first baby. Getting prenatal care through Riverwood’s McGregor clinic was highly recommended to her from friends and very convenient to work.
“I was able to keep up moderate to vigorous physical activity through my entire pregnancy with concrete information about what to do and not do,” Becky explains. “I liked getting a tour of the birthing center in Aitkin so I knew exactly what to expect. The birthing suite was so very comfortable and private. Given my long labor, my husband, Shawn, enjoyed having a sofa sleeper bed .”
When Gibson Jay made his way into the world a little earlier than planned on Dec. 6, 2017, Becky appreciated the nurses’ instruction on breastfeeding. The OB nurses invite nursing mothers to come back to the birthing center or call at any time for assistance with lactation concerns, a service that Becky used and appreciated.
“At Riverwood, the staff makes you feel like family,” Becky says. “There’s genuine caring. I was so impressed that several of the OB nurses helping me during labor stayed beyond the end of their shifts to ensure a smooth transition. One even stayed through my delivery!”
Another plus for the birthing experience at Riverwood is the way mothers-to-be are offered control of the labor and delivery experience, and fathers are invited to be as involved as they want to be.
Becky adds: “Shawn and I appreciated the nurses keeping him in the communications loop every step of the way. We were impressed by all the staff checking to see how we were doing before and after the birth. We felt a strong connection with and caring from the entire OB team.”
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