Ridgeview offers lactation support options

Ridgeview supports new moms—not only during childbirth—but before and after delivery. With the COVID-19 pandemic, these services either changed in format or were temporarily suspended to ensure the safety of patients and staff. Now, lactation support has restarted in two formats­—through free group support or one-on-one outpatient care.

FREE Mom & Baby Connection support group follows new, virtual format

Following suspension of in-person meetings, Ridgeview resumed programming for the Mom & Baby Connection support group in early July in a new, virtual format. New moms can join Ridgeview’s Lactation Specialist Megan Wiyninger on Thursday mornings from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., from their smartphone, computer or other device.

Following the same format as in-person classes, attendees can ask questions about breastfeeding and make valuable connections with other moms.

To get started, email MBC@ridgeviewmedical.org to receive instruction on how to get set up for our virtual meetings. Questions? Call Ridgeview’s Birthing Center at 952-777-4646 or Carver County Public Health at 952-361-1329.

One-on-one outpatient lactation services restart Aug. 28

Women who deliver at Ridgeview have the opportunity to meet with a lactation consultant during their hospital stay, but sometimes additional one-on-one support is needed following the return home. Ridgeview will restart personal outpatient lactation visits beginning Aug. 28. Appointments are available on Fridays, and located in the Ridgeview Professional Building on the Waconia campus.

After a phone consultation, an in-person lactation assessment may be recommended. Moms will be asked to bring their babies hungry for a lactation assessment. The baby’s weight will be taken upon arrival and retaken at the end of the appointment to help determine if they are feeding sufficiently. During the appointment, moms will be supported with education on feeding techniques, using a breast pump, or uncovering why mom may be experiencing pain during breastfeeding. Moms will also be offered a tailored plan to overcome any feeding difficulties, and provided follow-up as needed.

For an appointment, call 952-777-4658.

COVID-19 evaluation and testing available at six Ridgeview locations

Ridgeview is offering COVID-19 evaluation and testing for any symptomatic persons age 12 and older (testing for patients under age 12 may be performed if considered appropriate by the provider). Appointment and walk-in options are available. To schedule an appointment, call Ridgeview's COVID-19 Call Center at 952-442-7811. Patients requesting evaluation and testing will be referred to one of the designated testing locations listed below. Established patients seeking Antibody testing should contact their regular provider.

Ridgeview Belle Plaine Clinic
Testing hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ridgeview Delano Clinic
Testing hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Ridgeview Excelsior Clinic
Testing hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Urgent Care at Ridgeview Le Sueur Medical Center
Testing hours: Seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Urgent Care at Ridgeview Sibley Medical Center
Testing hours: Seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Ridgeview Urgent Care at Two Twelve Medical Center
Walk-ins accepted. No appointment required.
Testing hours: Seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Ridgeview eCare

Free online COVID-19 screening available on Ridgeview eCare.

Ways you can help

MDH

Minnesota Department of Health

CDC

Centers for Disease Control

Minnesota Helpline

Questions about COVID-19? Call the Minnesota Helpline at 651-297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504 Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.