Expecting parents have another reason to choose OMC – to welcome their new baby in the most welcoming of surroundings.
The Birth Center at OMC takes advantage of the one-on-one attention you get at a home-town community facility with the latest technology you’d expect to find at a larger hospital. You will experience a private, comfortable atmosphere with a staff of dedicated and highly trained providers and nurses.
Here, your provider will see you for all your prenatal appointments and will nine times out of 10, deliver your baby. You can develop a bond with your provider and a familiarity with the other providers and nurses.
Backing up the providers is the latest equipment, highly-trained staff and professional, personalized care for expecting moms throughout their pregnancy and delivery. The three birthing suites in our medical center are spacious, bright and attractively furnished. Each is designed with the comfort of the mom and her partner in mind, while providing the technology needed to monitor and care for the mom and baby throughout labor, delivery and post-partum recovery. Call lights, portable bassinets, warmers and new reclining chairs for dad or other visitors allow mom and baby to bond comfortably in the same room while receiving the care they need during their stay.
Other amenities include a separate nutritional area within the Birth Center, our close-by Acorn Grill for family members to gather and an expanded viewing nursery next to our nurses station so newborns are always under careful watch and within “arms reach”. An upgraded infant security system offers additional peace of mind
The Birth Center is also centrally located within the medical center, close to the John Simenstad Surgery Center, Emergency Department and other services that provide a safe, reassuring feeling.
Through our prenatal appointments and childbirth education opportunities, you can meet one-on-one with staff members, become familiar with the department, discuss pain control interventions, and answer all of their questions about their labor and delivery.
Michelle Rice, CNM, Midwife
Michelle Rice, CNM, is a board-certified midwife. A former manager of our Birth Center, Rice had been a labor and delivery nurse at OMC for 10 years. She received her Master’s of Science in Nursing degree from the Frontier Nursing University in Hyden, KY, and earned her midwifery certificate from the American Midwifery Certification Board.
Her hobbies include walking, gardening and traveling. Rice lives with her family in Dresser, WI
Midwifery “opens up another option for women, and I’m happy to offer this service in a place as unique as OMC, where everyone here is focused on treating the patient as an individual.”
Edward Mauch, DO, Family Medicine
Edward Mauch, DO, is board-certified with the American Board of Family Medicine. Dr. Mauch earned his medical degree from Des Moines University, Des Moines, IA. He completed his residency with the University of Minnesota, Duluth Family Medicine Residency Program, Duluth, MN.
Kari Smith, MD, Family Medicine
Kari Smith, MD, is a board-certified Family Practice Physician who joined Osceola Medical Center in 2002. She received her medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School in 1999, and served her residency at the Duluth Family Practice Residency Program.
Her hobbies include hiking, canoeing, ballroom dancing, downhill skiing, travel and remodeling her home. Dr. Smith and her family live in Osceola.
Amanda Tembreull, MD, Family Medicine
Amanda Tembreull, MD, is a board-certified Family Practice Physician since 2008. She joined Osceola Medical Center in August 2008. She earned her family medicine degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School. She completed her residency at St. John’s Hospital in Maplewood, MN.
Along with family practice and preventive care, Dr. Tembreull also has interests in women’s health, obstetrics and pediatric medicine. She lives in the area with her husband and daughter.