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Birth Center

Our obstetricians and gynecologists, certified nurse midwives, Family Medicine providers and women’s health nurse practitioners specialize in caring for women. We are trained to care for women with both uncomplicated pregnancies and those which are medically complex. In addition, we have maternal-fetal medicine specialists who collaborate with our clinicians to ensure that women with the most medically challenging issues get the best of care.

Birth Center

Appointments and questions: 612-873-6963

Labor and urgent concerns: 612-873-4104


I think I am in labor. Who do I call?

Call the nurses at 612-873-4104 before you come, and we can help direct you to the best entrance and place to park.

Will you be having your baby soon? Please be aware of our visitor restrictions.

Two healthy adult visitors will be allowed per patient stay; the visitors are encouraged to remain with the patient for the duration of the stay. If the visitors are unable to do so, the visitors will honor the set visiting hours, 10 am to 8 pm (if spending the night, return by this time). There will be no rotation of visitors.

During the labor and delivery portion of the stay, two healthy adult support persons are allowed along with a doula or coach.

For patients who test COVID positive, one healthy visitor will need to remain in the patient’s room at all times.

Virtual Tour of the Birth Center

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Childbirth Education and Services

Learn more about our childbirth education opportunities.

Meet the Midwives

Sign up to attend a virtual "Meet and Greet" to learn more about our Nurse-Midwife Service and to meet our certified nurse-midwives.

Family-centered maternity care

Hennepin Healthcare is committed to partnering with women and families to create a remarkable birth experience. We know that the birth of a child is a momentous event and recognize what a true honor it is to be a part of that special time. We practice thoughtful, evidence-based care and work with women and families to create an experience that is tailored to their preferences and needs.

We are proud to offer a variety of prenatal and birth experiences. We have compassionate and highly skilled physicians, certified nurse-midwives, nurse practitioners, and nurses to meet every care need. As a part of our commitment to providing exceptional care to women, we train the next generation of healthcare professionals. As Minnesota’s premier teaching hospital, you can expect expert and innovative care.

We invite you to take a free tour of the Birth Center and meet our staff!

Birth providers are here to celebrate with you

Having a baby is a sacred event. Not even a pandemic can take that away. There is so much uncertainty caused by COVID, and so much that we cannot promise right now. But we CAN promise that we will be here for you when the time comes for you to give birth. We promise that we will do everything in our power not only to keep your family safe, but also to share in your joy and celebrate with you.

Despite our face shields, we still see you. Though it may be over the phone, we still hear you. And despite our masks, we are smiling at you. We are here for birth, and we are here for life.

Being pregnant during the COVID-19 pandemic

Pregnancy can be stressful as it is. We understand it can be even more stressful during a pandemic.

Prenatal care: Care during pregnancy

Seeing your provider during pregnancy helps to make sure you and baby are healthy. The recent pandemic has challenged our team to give care by phone or video in order to protect you, your family, and our staff.

Social services during the COVID-19 pandemic

Resources for food, shelter, and other essential services to keep your family safe and well in these times

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Birth Preferences

We offer you a full spectrum of maternity care options at every stage of your pregnancy. Providing exceptional patient-centered care for expectant mothers is the most important thing we do here at Hennepin Healthcare.

Baby-Friendly Hospital designation

The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) is part of a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). In order to become Baby-Friendly, a hospital must implement the "Ten Steps" and follow the "WHO code." After a two-day site visit, Baby-Friendly USA awarded HCMC with the Baby-Friendly Hospital designation.

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Baby-Friendly care means:

  • We put family-centered care into practice by respecting every family’s choices about their upcoming birth experience. We provide consistent and accurate information so that mother’s can make informed choices.
  • We individually educate each expectant mother about the benefits of breastfeeding, how to recognize infant feeding cues and soothe their babies.
  • We make sure that mother and baby have skin-to-skin contact immediately after both vaginal and cesarean deliveries to promote the bonding and health benefits for moms and babies.
  • We room mothers and babies together throughout their hospital stay.
  • All families are taught how to safely feed their babies.

Centering Pregnancy

CenteringPregnancy® is prenatal care in a group setting with other expectant mothers. Groups of 8–12 women are seen together throughout their entire pregnancies. 

Newborn Care

Our pediatricians and family medicine physicians along with residents and nurses are available to provide the appropriate care for your newborn.

Mother-Baby Program

612-873-MAMA (6262)

The Mother-Baby Program offers a range of mental health services to support pregnant women and families with children ages 0-5 years old.

Doula Services

A doula helps mothers and families have a safe, memorable and empowering birth experience.

Interpreter Services

Interpreter services are available in 20 different languages, free of charge, to limited and non-English speaking patients.

Breastfeeding Services

612-873-MILK (6455)

Our lactation consultants are specially trained to provide information and assistance to the breastfeeding mother.

Hospital-based care

This is a hospital-based clinic owned by Hennepin Healthcare. Many insurance plans pay for health care services provided in a hospital-based clinic differently than those provided in a doctor’s office. Your insurance may require that you meet your annual deductible and/or require that you pay a percentage of the bill rather than just an office visit co-payment. You should check with your insurance company if you have any questions. Read the Frequently asked questions about hospital-based clinics to learn more.

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