Being pregnant is a very exciting time, but what do you do now? To help organize these decisions and prepare early for your pregnancy, we offer maternity care programs, lactation services, a variety of classes and weekly emails about your baby’s development.
Your journey through pregnancy and birth
A notebook to help you organize your decisions and prepare you for pregnancy, brought to you by the maternity care coordinators at Samaritan Health Services.
To help prepare you for your pregnancy, Samaritan Health Services has developed Maternity Connections, a maternity care program available in Lincoln, Linn and Benton counties. The program goal is to help create a pleasant and satisfying hospital stay, assisting you and your family as you prepare with confidence for the newest member.
Your Maternity Care Coordinator is a nurse with experience in maternal child nursing. Your coordinator will help you design a plan for the best possible care before, during and after the birthing process. All services are free. For more information, please contact the hospital where you plan to deliver:
In Albany, 541-812-4301
Pam Collier, MCC, RN, Samaritan Albany General Hospital
In Corvallis, 541-768-6908
Betty Lazon, MCC, RN, Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center
In Lebanon, 541-451-7872
Laurie Barajas, MCC, MA, Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital
In Newport, 541-574-4936
Karle Lewer, MCC, RN, Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital
Mother's milk is the best possible food during your baby's first year, and nursing can be a rewarding experience for both you and your baby. Nursing, as breastfeeding is often called, doesn't always "come naturally" for all mothers and babies. That's why Samaritan offers lactation support staffed by registered nurses who have taken additional training in breastfeeding to become certified lactation consultants.
You may wish to seek the assistance of a lactation consultant if:
- You have cracked, bleeding or blistered nipples, continued nipple soreness or breast pain during breastfeeding.
- You have had any prior breast surgery such as augmentation, reduction or biopsy.
- You have flat or inverted nipples.
- You think breastfeeding is not going well in spite of everyone else's opinion.
- You have engorged, painful breasts.
If your baby is experiencing any of the following, special help may also be needed:
- Difficulty latching on.
- Not satisfied after feeding, as demonstrated by crying or finger sucking.
- Not swallowing consistently for at least 10 minutes while breastfeeding.
- Requires formula supplements to be satisfied.
- Has not regained birth weight by the two-week visit.
- Has lost more than 10 percent of his or her birth weight prior to discharge from the hospital.
- Was less than 37 weeks gestation at birth.
- Develops jaundice.
If you need to talk with a lactation consultant, call one of the numbers below to find available services in your area.
Samaritan Lactation Services (Corvallis)
Mid-Valley Breastfeeding Center (Albany)
Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital Lactation Line
Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital Birthing Center
Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital Birthing Center
The Parent Review
Sign up for our free weekly parenting e-mail and learn amazing things about your baby. Week by week, you will receive information about your baby as she develops during pregnancy and through her first year of infancy. Just click on the link of the hospital where you will deliver, and get weekly support, tips and advice from us, delivered right to your inbox.
Visit 211info.org or call 2-1-1 for access to helpful health, community and social services in Benton, Lincoln and Linn counties. Listings include where to find financial assistance, child care, counseling, WIC, prescription assistance and more.