Specializing in caring for women
At the 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 who 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.
The 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.
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.
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.
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.