Oneida County Health Department
The Oneida County Health Department offers many services for new and expectant mothers in our area. Please call the number above for scheduling, eligibility, or more information.
- WIC Nutrition Program
- Breastfeeding resources and support
- Child passenger safety, car seat information and inspections
- Home visits for newborns
- Women's Health Clinic (including reproductive health and birth control information, services and counseling)
- Smoking cessation support and classes
A birth doula is a woman who is trained and experienced in childbirth and the early postpartum needs of the mother and baby. She provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a woman during labor, delivery and immediately postpartum. She also provides support and encouragement for the partner or anyone else preset at the birth. Her knowledge of medical procedures and terminology help her to assist the mother to get the information she needs to make informed decisions. On a whole many parents feel that a doula's services helped them to have a more personal and satisfying birth experience.
The Northwoods currently has two doulas serving in the area. Please feel free to contact them for more information on their services:
Denise Chojnacki, CD (DONA)
Denise provides doula services in the Rhinelander area. She has been a childbirth educator for many years and has a passion to help mothers and babies.
Tammy Dallmann CD(DONA)
A devoted mom to nine, Tammy offers labor support as a certified birth doula in the northwoods, primarily through Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff.
Car Seat Safety Inspection
Car seat safety regulations, information, and installation inspections are available by calling:
- Oneida County Health Department (715)369-6111
- Oneida County Sheriffs Department (715)361-5100
Breastfeeding support, information and resources are available through the Oneida County Health Department's lactation consultant as well as a few breastfeeding advocates in the area.
- Oneida County Health Department (715)369-6111
- Denise Chojnacki, Childbirth Educator (715)360-2764
- Shonda King, Birth Doula (715)282-7277
Recommended Reading List
All of the books listed are available through the Rhinelander District Library. Some can also be found at area books stores or any of them can be ordered online for your own library.
Pregnancy & Childbirth
Childbirth Choices Today - Carl Jones
Labor of Love: Mothers Share the Joy of Childbirth - Judith Zimmer
Being Born - Sheila Kitzinger
An Easier Childbirth: A Mother's Guide for Birthing Normally - Gayle Peterson, Ph.D.
*Gentle Birth Choices - Barbara Harper
Homebirth: The Essential Guide to Giving Birth Outside of the Hospital - Sheila Kitzinger
*Ina May's Guide to Natural Childbirth - Ina May Gaskin
Labor Day: Shared Experiences from the Delivery Room - Ann Marie Giglio
*Pregnancy, Childbirth & the Newborn - Penny Simkin, Janey Whalley, & Ann Keppler
Pregnancy to Parenthood - Linda Goldberg
Prenatal Care - Miriam Stoppard
The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth - Henci Goer
A Guy's Guide to Pregnancy - Frank Mungeam
Keys to Becoming a Father - William Sears
Natural Childbirth After Cesarean: A Practical Guide - Karis Crawford & Johanne Waters
Motherwell Maternity Fitness Plan - Bonnie Berk
Postpartum & Breastfeeding
Mothering the New Mother: a Postpartum Guide -
Laughter & Tears: The Emotional Life of New Mothers - Elizabeth Bing & Libby Coleman
Nursing Mother's Companion - Kathleen Huggins, RN
The Breastfeeding Book - William & Martha Sears
*The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers - Jack Newman & Teresa Pitman
Nursing Mother, Working Mother - Gale Pryor
*The Amazing Newborn - Klaus & Kennell
*Indicates highly recommended titles.
Family Resource Connection
(715)365-8030 or 1-888-266-0028
The Family Resources Connection provides comprehensive, community-based services for families in Northern Wisconsin. They desire to promote positive parent/child attachment, increase social connectivity and enhance the health and safety of children and families. Their programs and services are listed below or visit their website for more specific information:
- Play Shoppe - a free play adventure provided to children aged birth-5 yrs and their primary care givers. Play sessions are scheduled weekly Monday and Wednesday mornings.
- Music Garden - a music and movement program that stimulates language, motor, and cognitive development. Two different sessions are available: Sprouts for ages birth - 1 1/2 yrs or Jumping Beans for ages 1 1/2 yrs - 5 yrs
- First Books - A special story time held once a month for young children and their caregivers. Children who are members will receive a copy of the book read at each session.
- Family Visiting - a free program which helps parent become more aware of their child's development (birth - 5 yrs). This service is available to all families living in Oneida, Forest, or Vilas County.
- Parenting Today - an opportunity for parenting support and education in a group setting. Six week classes are offered four times per year.
- Special Health Care Needs Center - the center is dedicated to meeting families' needs through a statewide coordinated system of information, referral and follow-up, parent to parent support, and service coordination through local public health departments and other community agencies. These services are available to residents of Ashland, Bayfield, Florence, Forest, Iron, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Oneida, Portage, Price, Sawyer, Taylor, Vilas and Wood Counties.
- Kid's Net - the Kid's Net Coordinator will visit the new parents at the hospital to provide them with information about community services and assist with referrals. Families will also receive a check-in call at regular intervals following discharge to make sure the family has access to all the resources they need to enhance the life of their family.
- Northwoods Search Directory - an online directory for many family related services, professionals, and resources in our area.
YMCA of the Northwoods
The YMCA works to build strong kids, strong families and strong communities. It can be a great place to spend some quality time with your family, friends, or yourself.
The YMCA currently is looking at developing exercise courses especially for expectant moms, but in the meantime they offer others that may be just what you are looking for - so check out their program guide. Some possibilities include: low impact exercise and relaxation programs (aquatic and in the gym), walking programs, and Fit as a Fiddle which is geared toward those recovering from illness or surgery. This might be a great place to start postpartum or after a C-section. In all cases it is best to ask your health care provider if any of the programs are right for you.
There is also a Parent/Child Swim program for children ages 6 months - 5 years. What a fun way to spend time with your little one!