50 years later and 14 midwives strong, our first-of-its-kind Nurse Midwife Service continues to empower expectant mothers

In 1971, Margaret used her knowledge as a Certified Nurse Midwife to develop the first hospital nurse midwife practice​ in Minnesota at HCMC. 

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The Fatherhood Experience: Dr. Krishnan Subrahmanian

We know that fatherhood looks different to every dad. That’s why we’re taking an in-depth look at fatherhood with key experts, regular parents, and everyone in between in this mini-series, “The Fatherhood Experience.” Meet Dr. Krishnan Subrahmanian. A former high school teacher with a background in public health, he is a husband and father of…

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I’m pregnant. Should I get the COVID-19 vaccine?

For most people, getting the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible is the safest choice. Pregnant individuals may have some questions.

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A white midwife’s letter to tonight’s Black baby

Dear new baby, Today will be your birthday. Our city, our country, the world– is grieving the murder of George Floyd and too many others gone too soon. Your new life would be a different kind of hard if you were born an ocean away. Your life would look different if you were born on the…

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Birth providers celebrate your baby’s birthday

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…

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Black Maternal Health Week: Through the eyes of two Black doulas

Black Maternal Health Week (BMHW) – April 11 through 17 – is a national campaign led by the Black Mamas Matter Alliance. Its goal is to “amplify the voices of Black mamas and center the values and traditions of the reproductive and birth justice movements.” In a country where Black women are four times more likely…

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Vocabulary lesson: What is a doula?

Having a baby is one of the most exciting, scary, and vulnerable times in a mom’s life. You have never been more exposed or had so many questions flying around your brain. Births can be quick or slow, vaginal or surgical, calm and collected, or wild and crazy. Whether you’ve done it before or not, you can…

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Midwife means “with woman”

by Kate Pfaff, APRN, CNM Did you know that the word midwife means literally, “with woman”?  It is a simplified but accurate description of what Hennepin Healthcare Birth Center midwives do every day.  We are skilled at listening to women’s concerns and priorities, and strive to be fully present for them through important life stages.…

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