New Year’s babies times two at JRMC

Originally published in the Jamestown Sun
January 3, 2013 

It was New Year’s babies times two at Jamestown Regional Medical Center on Tuesday.

Amy Stegmiller delivered an 8-pound, 9-ounce baby boy about 1 p.m. It was the second child for Amy and her husband, Wes, of Jamestown. The couple named their son Joshua.a6babystegmillerbw

At about 10 p.m. Ruth Schott delivered a 7-pound, 11-ounce baby boy. It was the first child for Ruth and her husband, Andy, of Jamestown, and he was named Leon.

“We had no plans for a New Year’s birth,” said Amy Stegmiller from her hospital bed Wednesday. “I was scheduled for a C-section on Friday but things came along a little earlier.”

Joshua will join 5-year-old Maggie in the Stegmiller family.

Maggie has been telling everyone how cute her new brother is, according to Marge Kavlie, who describes herself as an “adopted grandmother” who helps out the family.

Maggie would not comment personally for this article.

Ruth Schott also had no plans for bringing in 2013 by giving birth.

“Our due date was Jan. 6, but we had been expecting him a little early,” she said from her hospital bed. “But still, I never thought about having a child with a birthdate on New Year’s.”a6babyschottbw

Andy Schott had more pragmatic thoughts on the birthdate.

“We just missed a tax write-off by a few hours,” he said. “But it was a great way to start 2013. An awesome Christmas and New Year’s present.”

Both fathers had a tough time looking ahead to 2031 when their sons should graduate high school.

“I wonder what farming will be like,” said Andy Schott, who works at JRMC and also farms in the Kulm area. “We’re stuck with him for 18 years; I hope he has a strong country with freedoms when he grows up.”

Little Leon Schott will go home wrapped in a John Deere blanket made by one of the child’s grandmothers, Andy Schott said.

“It is really tough to think that far ahead,” Wes Stegmiller said. “I can only imagine what the technology of that time will be.”

Sun reporter Keith Norman can be reached at 701-952-8452 or by email at

JRMC Family BirthPlace to Hold Candlelight Service

Jamestown Regional Medical Center (JRMC) Family BirthPlace will hold a candlelight service Monday, October 15 at 7:00 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church for families and loved ones affected by infant loss from miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death in and around the Jamestown area.

In 1988 the month of October was proclaimed as National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month. In the United States and Canada, October 15 has been recognized as National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. This day allows families and friends to honor their babies who died. Various observances are held throughout these two countries that coincide with the International Wave of Light ceremony at 7:00 p.m. local time in all time zones. Participants are asked to burn their candles for at least one hour, resulting in a continuous chain of lighted candles throughout the globe on this day.

There will be a candle lighting ceremony to join those around the world and create a wave of light in memory of the babies lost. A fellowship and refreshments will follow the candle lighting service. For more information on the event please contact Renae Lunde at JRMC Family BirthPlace at (701) 952-4807.

Saturday Prenatal Class to be Offered at JRMC

We are excited to announce that our Family BirthPlace will offer prenatal classes one Saturday of every other month. Currently, the prenatal classes are offered on Monday nights in three separate sessions. The Saturday class will combine all three sessions into one day. The first class will be this Saturday, October 6 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

“Offering the class in one day will be beneficial to those who are traveling into Jamestown for the class. They will only have to travel to JRMC one time for the class,” said Emily Woodley, JRMC Family BirthPlace manager.

Prenatal classes at JRMC focus on childbirth preparation. During the class, participants lean what to expect during labor and delivery at JRMC, relaxation and breathing techniques and medications available during labor. They will also be educated on basic baby cares including CPR, feeding and immunizations. Each class includes a tour of the Family BirthPlace at JRMC. The class is free to those delivering at Jamestown Regional Medical Center.

For more information or to register for the prenatal class visit or call (701) 952-4807.

Family BirthPlace Patients Now Have Room Service

Jamestown Regional Medical Center (JRMC) is excited to announce the introduction of a new service for Family BirthPlace (FBP) patients: breakfast room service.

“It is great for patients to have the option of room service for breakfast in the Family BirthPlace as schedules with a new baby can be difficult,” said Emily Woodley, FBP manager.

This new breakfast option is available Sunday through Saturday and allows patients to order from a variety of delicious café options and determine when they would like to have their meal delivered. All food will be served fresh and hot at a time that is chosen by the patient. “Room service allows mothers to work around baby’s schedule to receive a hot breakfast,” stated Woodley.

In the future, JRMC hopes to expand the room service option to include patients beyond the FBP and to offer meals in addition to breakfast.

JRMC’s Family BirthPlace Delivers Ten Babies in Three Days

The Family BirthPlace at Jamestown Regional Medical Center (JRMC) experienced a memorable first, welcoming 10 new babies in only three days. Emily Woodley, Family BirthPlace manager commended her staff for how well they handled their own mini baby boom. “10 babies was very unexpected,” said Woodley, “our staff came in early and stayed late.”  Seven girls, including a set of twins and three boys were born. An online nursery is available at

Prairie Reading Council Provides Gift Bags to JRMC Family BirthPlace

Pictured are Shannon and Brett with new born baby Asher Robert, born on February 8, 2012 and Family BirthPlace nurse, Marla Wagner. Shannon, Brett and Asher received one of 25 gift bags from the Prairie Reading Council.

Prairie Reading Council is an organization that promotes reading for all ages. They chose Jamestown Regional Medical Center for their Community Outreach Program for 2012.

February is designated as Reading Month in North Dakota. “We would like to present newborns at JRMC with a gift bag,” Prairie Reading Council.

The gift bags contain a book by Rosemary Welles, Read to Your Bunny, a bib embroidered with READ and a handout that encourages babies to become lifetime readers.

The bags with orange or yellow ribbons have a bib color that is appropriate for either a boy or a girl, the bags with blue ribbons are for boys and pink ribbons are for the girls.

One bag was supplied with an extra bib in the box in case of twins.

Congratulations Shannon and Brett!!

Dream Birthing Suite

What is included in your dream birthing suite?

Pictured: One of three, JRMC LDRP rooms.

This is a link showing Beyonce’s constructed birthing suite.