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Childbirth Education and Services

Childbirth education

Online childbirth education is available to you and anyone who will be providing support for you during labor or after the baby is born.

Your doctor or midwife will provide you with a password so that you are able to access these videos on your own time and at your convenience. Your doctor or midwife will also follow your progress with educational review at your visits and will be able to answer any questions you may have.

Don't have a computer? HCMC has public computers in the cafeteria in the Orange Building, Level 3.

In-person childbirth education

We currently do not offer in-person childbirth education. If you are looking for options, we recommend two organizations, Amma and Blooma. Visit their website for more information.

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Bonding with your newborn baby

Will you be having your baby at our Birth Center? Do you live in Minneapolis? Are you interested in a nurse visit after you have your baby, to learn about how to care and bond with your baby, and what community resources are available to help you? If yes, Family Connects is for you. Watch this video to learn more.

Ask questions via MyChart

If you have any questions relating to pregnancy and birth, please contact your primary care provider, send a MyChart message, or contact patient access services at 612-873-6963.

If you have any questions related to breastfeeding: Please contact a Lactation Consultant 612-873-MILK (6455).

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Car seat classes

Clients are eligible to register for a car seat class and receive a free car seat if they are a member of one of the following health plans: BluePlus MA, UCare MA, or Hennepin Health. A car seat class help families learn which car seats to use and how to install them properly. Register early; class sizes are limited.

Call to sign up for classes: 612-873-6963

Classes are held at:
MVNA
2000 Summer St. NE #100, Minneapolis 55413
Training room located at the back of the main floor

Once you have registered by phone, a confirmation letter with your class date and location will be mailed. We bill your insurance for the cost of all classes.

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Tour the Birth Center

Learn about coming to the Birth Center at HCMC to have your baby. A tour will help you know what to expect during your stay here. Tours are open to the public. Attending a tour is a great way to see if the Birth Center is the place for you and your family.

Call 612-873-6963 to schedule a tour or submit a tour request.

Additional resources

Doula services

If you are having your baby at the Birth Center and choose to work with a doula, this service is provided at no additional cost to you. Doulas are trained in childbirth and can support a mother who is expecting, is in labor, or has recently given birth. Doulas can not provide medical advice or care but can help you to have a safe, memorable, and empowering birth experience. Learn more about doula services here.

Family health services

MVNA provides family-centered and community-based public health nursing services such as:

  • In-home family services
  • Family health programs, including pregnancy support and postpartum and newborn home visiting

To learn more, access MVNA Family Health or call the intake office at 612-617-4700.

Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE)

ECFE is a program for all Minnesota families with children between the ages of birth to kindergarten entrance. The program is offered through Minnesota Public School district. ECFE's goal is to enhance the ability of all parents and other family members to provide the best possible environment for their child's learning and growth.

Classes are 1.5 to 2 hours in length, are offered for infant and early ones (0-18 months) and older children (18 months-5 years) and meet weekly, mornings, afternoons, evenings and Saturdays. Parents and young children attend together. Culturally specific classes are offered in several languages - Spanish, Somali, Oromo and Amharic.

For more information and class schedules visit the ECFE website.

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