Birth Center

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Welcome to the Joan Woodman Orton McCollum Birth Center

Mother with her infant daughter in Richland Hospital Birth Center



At Richland Hospital, we understand that you want to deliver at a hospital that demonstrates an on-going commitment to standards of medical excellence and has a proven track record of friendly, helpful and welcoming staff. At Richland Hospital, we demonstrate our commitment to medical excellence and patient care, comfort and satisfaction each and every day.

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A Birth Center Staff, Second to None

Our nurses have a love for children and a love of life that shows. You will see it in the small personal gestures – the look in their eyes when they hold your newborn, the kindness they show to all new parents and their families, and their attention to detail.
New parents tell us that what matters most are the people who care for them and their new baby. Simply put, our staff are the best. Your birth experience starts long before you enter Richland Hospital Birth Center and continues throughout your child’s lifetime and during your stay with us, we consider it our privilege to assist you and your family in welcoming your baby into the world.
At Richland Hospital Birth Center, we treat you like family.

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Check out the Parenting Newsletters and other resources available at the University of Wisconsin Extension Parenting website.




The following video includes the story of one couple’s Richland Hospital experience when their baby daughter arrived two months premature.

The Medical Expertise You Require

Richland Hospital has been named a TOP 100 Critical Access Hospital based on a rigorous review of the hospital. We are proud of the exceptional hospital-wide commitment that resulted in this recognition. At The Richland Hospital Birth Center, we also pride ourselves on the professional standards we maintain. We are 1 of only 10 hospitals in Wisconsin (and 1 of only 172 hospitals in the nation) to have met the requirements for and been designated a Baby Friendly Hospital. Richland Hospital typically delivers over 175 babies a year. Every day, each new life amazes us.

In addition to the recognition the Richland Hospital and the Birth Center has received, we are committed to providing the advanced equipment and techniques, comfortable surroundings, and modern facilities essential to the best possible birth experience. For example, a state of the art Operating Room was recently built in the Birth Center unit so transport time to the OR if needed, is minimal.

The Environment and Safety You Want

Richland Hospital Birthing Suite. Low light level, quilt on the bed, balloon, flowers and teddy bear on nightstand. Comfortable chair beside the bed. Stenciling on wall says "Baby, A New Beginning."

Our recently renovated birthing suites feature comfortable and welcoming furnishings and a soothing design and color scheme.

We offer the Hugs Infant Protection System® which eases new parents concerns about the safety of their baby while at the hospital. The Hugs Infant Protection System works in a number of ways. Each infant wears an unobtrusive, soft, tamper-proof Hugs® tag attached around his or her ankle. A computer console in the Birth Center nurses station displays floor plans of the facility showing tag locations with monitored areas and doors indicated. Alarms are generated if the strap is cut or tampered with, if the infant is moved to an unauthorized zone, or if the tag’s signal is no longer detected. System features also include: activation of other devices like the hospital’s security cameras, door locks, overhead paging systems, pagers, sirens, and elevators. In addition to these features, Richland Hospital has the Kisses component of the Hugs® system in place. Each mom is given a small tag that is bonded with her infant’s Hug® tag. Nurses are alerted of a mismatch with an audible indicator.


Help Before and After Birth

Richland Hospital's publication for expectant parents entitled "Preparing for The Birth of Your Baby."

The birth of your baby is one of the most memorable, life-changing, exciting experiences of your life. The Richland Hospital is honored to be a part of that experience. During this time of your pregnancy and birth, we want to provide you and your family with a sense of safety, support, and compassion. We are with you, helping to ease your way at every stage.

Your doctor will help you prepare for the birth of your baby during your prenatal appointments. Expectant parents who plan to have their baby at Richland Hospital will also receive our publication Preparing For the Birth of Your Baby which addresses the following topics:

  • What to Pack For Your Stay
  • Signs & Symptoms of Labor
  • Relaxing, Breathing and Positioning
  • Registration
  • Birth Classes
  • Infant Security
  • Pain Management
  • Feeding Your Baby
  • Visitor Hours, Restrictions & Recommendations
  • Room Policy


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