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? Hennepin Healthcare 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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Prenatal Yoga Videos

Yoga with Cat JusticeYoga is a great way to stay strong and move your body during pregnancy. Whether you’ve been practicing for years or if you’re new to yoga, this month-by-month prenatal video series from The Art of Yoga by Cat Justice will guide you through a safe, gentle practice to support your body and your pregnancy. After you deliver, there is also a postnatal yoga series to help your body recover from the stress of pregnancy, delivery, and the challenges of caring for your baby.

Cat Justice is a licensed physical therapist, certified yoga therapist, and the mother of three sons. These videos were made each month of her pregnancy and thus show month by month how to modify and adapt your yoga practice to your body.

Mindfulness Based Childbirth and Parenting

A nine-week virtual childbirth preparation class led by a Hennepin Healthcare midwife
New sessions begin every 3 months

  • Learn meditation techniques that cultivate mindful awareness in day to day living
  • Practice being in pain in order to prepare for labor/birth
  • Start to recognize how some habits of thinking lead to suffering
  • Increase a sense of ease in your life and patience for parenting
  • Develop a community with other expectant parents

Are you interested in more information?  Email Kate at [email protected].


Bonding with your newborn baby

Will you be having your baby at our Birth Center? Do you live in Hennepin County? 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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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.

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 the 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 infants and early ones (0-18 months) and older children (18 months-5 years), and meet weekly, in 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.

Parenting classes at Redleaf Center for Family Healing

Every Tuesday and Thursday, 9 - 11 am.

Join other parents and educators to learn, answer your questions, and discuss parenting topics. Snacks and transportation are provided. To register, call Rene at 612-517-5991.

Family Home Visiting

Family Home Visiting (FHV) promotes positive birth outcomes and healthy child development by strengthening or restoring the critical attachment relationships between parents and children. Attachment relationships set the foundation for child development, protect against Adverse Childhood Experiences, and support school readiness by developing executive functioning skills. Find more information on the Hennepin County website.

Referral for a doula, breast pump, or car seat

We're partnering with Everyday Miracles for essentials you might need as you welcome your new baby. While our team is fill out a referral for you, patients can fill out a form and request these items on their own. Learn about referrals for a doula, breast pump or car seat.