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Welcome to Suite Beginnings

Our family birth suites offer all the comforts of home, with one important added benefit... peace of mind. Our caring staff and expert physicians provide round-the-clock care coverage in Obstetrics, Pediatrics, and Family Medicine, to make sure you and your baby have a safe and healthy delivery.

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We highly encourage all expectant mothers to attend our Pregnancy to Parenting Classes offered through a partnership with Kandiyohi Public Health. This informative series combines online learning with three face-to-face classes, and includes a tour of our Suite Beginnings birth suites.

We also encourage expectant mothers to stop in and speak with one of our experienced consultants at Rice Home Medical about upcoming needs including breast pumps, and to set up insurance information in advance.

  • Care and Services
  • Planning for Baby
  • Birth Day
  • Going Home
  • Contacts

Care and services

While your suite is cozy and comfortable, it's important to know that you also have advanced medical care options available to you.

Comforts and amenities

  • Your own private suite throughout your stay
  • Large windows with natural light
  • Private bath with whirlpool tub
  • Comfortable daybed
  • TV/DVD
  • Wireless access
  • Family-centered visiting policy
  • Room service meal delivery

Advanced care and technology

  • Hugs® infant security system
  • Specialized Cesarean operating suite on the unit
  • Pain management and epidural anesthesia
  • Level II Special Care Nursery
  • Certified Lactation Counselors


Planning for baby

We want you and your baby to have the best birth experience possible. Here are a few things you can do in advance to plan for your new arrival:

  • Register for our “Pregnancy to Parenting” classes. This three-part series focuses on pregnancy, delivery, newborns, breastfeeding, and more. A tour of Suite Beginnings is also included.
  • Fill out and submit your pre-admission form.
  • Discuss your birthing preferences with your partner and physician.
  • Schedule a tour.
  • Choose a pediatrician.
  • Meet with a lactation nurse.
  • Request an estimate of your hospital bill.
  • Pre-pay all or part of your hospital bill.
  • In case of emergency, consider filling out an advance directive (“living will”). Ask your physician for details, or set up a free counseling session at 320.231.4069.

Learn more about the Pregnancy to Parenting childbirth education series

Learn more about Rice Home Medical's "Bellaforma Boutique" for new moms

Baby's birth day

All patients should consult with their physician about early labor signs and when the time is right to head to the hospital. In general, the time is right when contractions are:

  • Too strong or painful to speak through
  • Are consistently 4-5 minutes apart
  • Last 45-60 seconds each

What to bring

When you plan for your hospital stay, here are a few things you may want to include:

  • Insurance cards, Social Security number, photo ID
  • Basic toiletry items
  • Clothes for you to wear home
  • Clothes for baby to wear home
  • Car seat
  • Baby blankets
  • Any other items that would make your stay more
    comfortable (pillow, fan, etc.)

The birth experience

Please let us know how we can provide you with the best birth experience possible. Several pain relief options are available to you, including epidurals, intravenous pain medications, as well as natural pain relief aids like whirlpool tubs and birthing balls. Your labor nurse and healthcare provider will help you through this process. We also welcome any other support people you choose to have involved in this memorable event. You and your baby will be monitored frequently throughout your labor and delivery to ensure a safe and healthy delivery.

After baby is born

  • Enjoy skin-to-skin contact with your baby and, if you choose, begin breastfeeding.
  • Request to meet with a certified Lactation Counselor.
  • Give baby his/her first bath.
  • Have baby’s photo taken and submit name for his/her online birth announcement at
  • Receive a Suite Beginnings tote bag filled with gifts for you and baby, as well as our “Caring Book” for new parents.


Going home

The length of your hospital stay depends on your birthing experience. Typically, you can expect to stay 1-2 days after a vaginal birth and 3 days after a Cesarean birth. Your physician will visit you each day and will determine when you are ready to be discharged.

Car seat

By law, your baby must be properly secured in a federally-approved, rear-facing car seat before he/she can leave the hospital. Through generous donations from the Rice Auxiliary, Rice Memorial Hospital is able to offer new, affordable car seats for purchase to all new parents. Ask your nurse for details.

Breast pump

Generally speaking, a standard double breast pump and starter kit is covered by most insurance companies once every three years.* Rental units are also available. Contact Rice Home Medical at 1-800- 637-7795, or visit for more information.

*Coverage can vary depending on insurance provider and insurance plan (a prescription from your doctor is necessary).

Follow up care

It’s our goal to provide you with excellent care before, during, and after your stay with us at Suite Beginnings. If you have additional questions after you return home, please contact us 24/7 at 320-235-4543.

“Pregnancy to Parenting” classes 320.231.8920
Rice Hospital Pre-Registration 320.231.4234
Women & Children’s Care 320.231.4420
Women & Children’s Care Unit Coordinator 320.214.2470
Rice Home Medical / Bellaforma Boutique 800.637.7795
Health Insurance Counseling 320.231.4069
Advance Directive Counseling 320.231.4069

Public Health Offices
Big Stone 320.839.6135
Chippewa 320.269.2174
Kandiyohi 320.231.7860
LacQuiParle 320.598.7313
Lyon 507.537.6713
Meeker 320.693.5370
McLeod-Glencoe 320.864.3185
McLeod-Hutchinson 320.587.4680
Pope 320.634.5720
Renville 320.523.2570
Redwood 507.637.4041
Stearns 320.256.3308
Swift 320.843.4546
Yellow Medicine 320.564.3010
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