Maternal Child Health Unit

Fast Facts

  • Average Daily Census FY2020
    3.14 OB, 2.5 Nursery
  • Nurse to Pt Ratio
    Varies depending on AWHONN recommendations
  • PCT to Pt Ratio
    1 for the unit
  • Shifts
    Traditional 12 hr/shifts; 7 a.m. - 7 p.m., 7 p.m. - 7 a.m.
  • Certifications Available
    Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP), AWHONN’s Intermediate Fetal Monitoring, PQF EFM Credentialing, STABLE

The Maternity unit is located on the 3rd floor of the MyMichigan Medical Center Alma patient tower. The brand new, state-of-the-art unit opened in February 2019 and provides a family oriented, home-like atmosphere for women and their growing families. Our unit prides itself in providing patients and their families with compassionate and respectful care given by highly trained and experienced caregivers. Teamwork is the center of the maternity unit and the Registered Nurses, Obstetricians, and Pediatricians have a close-knit relationship together, working collaboratively to provide high-quality and seamless care transitions. Several quality measures are utilized along with collaboration from the maternity units of Alpena and Midland to provide the most up-to-date, evidence-based care to our patients. Our staff chooses not only to work here, but deliver here as well.

Our Unit Offers

  • Various antenatal testing services
  • Triage care for obstetrical patients
  • Birthing suite vaginal deliveries (Labor, delivery, and recovery)
  • Cesarean Section deliveries and recovery
  • VBAC deliveries (Vaginal birth after cesarean section)
  • Obstetrical anesthesia services
  • Routine newborn care
  • Level I nursery services
  • Newborn phototherapy
  • Gynecological (GYN)/Women’s Health Services

The Maternity Unit offers many areas for staff to enhance their own abilities, skills, and knowledge as healthcare providers and leaders. This includes participating in annual mock emergency codes, such as neonatal resuscitation, emergency C-Section, shoulder dystocia, postpartum hemorrhage, and pre-eclampsia. Opportunities to participate in several committees, such as the Unit Practice Council or data abstraction for quality measures are also available. Registered Nurses at MyMichigan Medical Center Alma are also able to be part of the Michigan Nursing Association (MNA) union with several additional leadership and educational opportunities.

Unit orientation varies based on previous skills and experience, but is 10-12 weeks on average. Each new hire is provided with a detailed packet of weekly performance expectations. Additionally, all new hires are enrolled in the Buddy Program to feel welcome and connected from day one of their new position.

Nurse to Patient Ratio

Unit staffing is based upon the Unit needs and patient acuity. The rapid changes in the Maternity Unit and the complexity of care require frequent staffing adjustments. Current ratios utilize the recommended guidelines from the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) and are written in the MNA nursing contract as:

  • Triage 1:3
  • Labor 1:1
  • Cervidil/Cytotec Induction 1:2
  • Pitocin Induction 1:1
  • Delivery 2:1
  • Couplet Care: 1:3
  • Postpartum Care 1:6
  • Newborn Care 1:6

What Our Employees are Saying

  • "Babies drew me to work OB, but my coworkers keep me here. Everyone is always willing to help me and answer my questions as a new OB nurse." — Dani Rock, B.S.N., R.N.

  • "I like being a little part of someone's best day, one of the biggest moments in a family’s life." — Naomi Demski, B.S.N., R.N.

  • "I like working in the community where I live. I enjoy the sense of community working in a smaller hospital brings. I choose OB because I enjoy caring for families as they bring a new life into the world." — Nicki Darter, B.S.N., R.N.

  • "It takes a special person to work OB and bring into this world." — Deanna Apple, R.N.

  • "I started over 20 years ago in OB because I did an externship and like what I saw. There was an opening after graduation and I was offered it. I stayed because I love the work I am doing and helping new moms and dads start with a new life. I stay because I like the team I work with and the friends I have made over the years." — Lynda Bear, R.N.

  • "I love the passion of our team. Everyone is here because they truly love labor and delivery. We all work so closely and collaboratively together, we are like family." — Diane Traenkle, D.O.

  • "It is one of the best feelings in the world to see the joy of parents meeting their child for the first time. I feel fortunate to be part of an amazing team who has lots of skill and experience. OB is an every-changing environment and everyone always pulls together to create the best experience for our patients while supporting each other."  — Alyse Michael, M.S.N., R.N.

  • "I have had many different experiences in my career thus far and being able to lead this team has been the most rewarding. We all face new experiences and challenges that help us learn and grow as a team every day. The work and dedication of this team is beyond anything I have seen or experienced before and I am very thankful I get to believe and support these nurses passion.” — Kaylee Randall, R.N.