Not Your Mom’s IUD

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Finding the right family planning option may feel overwhelming. It seems there are SO many options. MBC Certified Nurse Midwife Jessica Bohren explains some of the most popular options right now are Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) like the IUDs Mirena or Paragard. There’s very little user error because they can be put in place for years without having to think about them. There are also fewer side effects than other forms of birth control like the Pill. There are many myths surrounding these forms of birth control, especially IUDs, but their safety and reliability is scientifically proven! Jessica suggests making an appointment at the Minnesota Birth Center to discuss any preconceptions you may have about different forms of birth control and decide what will work best for you.


Call MBC to make an appointment to discuss your family planning options (including the option to use inhaled nitrous oxide for IUD insertion) at (612) 545-5311 for our Minneapolis location or (651) 689-3988 for our St. Paul location!

My Midwife Does That

My Midwife Does That: A Spotlight on Well Woman Care

The Minnesota Birth Center is known for services to our expectant families; this includes everything from prenatal care and care during the actual birthing process to lactation services and support during the postpartum time. However, did you know we also provide services for clients who aren’t expecting? Our team of Certified Nurse Midwives offer Well-Woman Exams for new and old clients alike, regardless of whether you’ve given birth at MBC. This means having a one-on-one conversation with a Certified Nurse Midwife to talk about reproductive health, mental health, and physical health. At MBC, this is so much more than an annual exam; instead we ask the question, “How can we help you be your best?”

The waiting room at MBC-Minneapolis

Why a Well-Woman exam at the Minnesota Birth Center?

Certified Nurse Midwife Christy Anderson explains, there’s a personal connection that’s made between midwife and client at MBC, one that extends into well-women care visits. At MBC, we focus on client-centered service. Upon arrival, you’ll find a cozy, home-like environment where we’ve put thought into everything from the toys in our waiting room to the absence of those awful butt-showing gowns. The goal is to make you feel comfortable, because that’s the first step to helping you be at your best!

To make your Well-Woman appointment call us at (612) 545-5311 for our Minneapolis location or (651) 689-3988 for our St. Paul location!

Why a Midwife?

Why a midwife?

Maybe you’ve been asked this question by family members or friends. You may find that your decision to see a midwife and have an out-of-hospital birth has been questioned, maybe even challenged, as the picture of childbirth can often be painted as a painful, antiseptic hospital experience. The midwifery model of care which affirms the power and strength of women is the norm in most of the developed world and is what I believe to be a large part of the future of women’s health. As we continue to address major gaps in maternal and newborn health outcomes across the world, midwives remain a large part of the solution. My understanding of the work a midwife does has grown immensely over the recent years, and I am excited to share the knowledge I’ve obtained with you, so that when you are asked the questions, “What is a midwife?” and “Why you have chosen one?” you can confidently answer those questions.

Some people think that midwives only attend births or care for newborns. Some think they only do home births. Thankfully, awareness about midwifery in the United States is growing, and I am so happy to spread the good word! The word “midwife” means “with woman.” This is a perfect job description because midwives spend a great amount of their time working with women and birthing people. Some midwives find their identity lies within that magical moment of “catching” babies; whereas others focus their careers on providing care for women in other ways, such as outpatient-based women’s healthcare (infertility, menopausal care, lactation etc.) or serving as educators. You’ll find midwives everywhere–in the hospital, in the clinic, and providing care in the home and at birth centers like MBC! Midwives watch women grow into adolescence, care for them through motherhood, and can provide care through menopause as well.

Midwives are committed to listening, comforting, educating and supporting as they walk alongside women. As I learned more and more about the great work of midwives, I began to reconnect with my long-lived desire to work with and care for women, as it has always been a great desire of my heart to work alongside women, empower and support them and basically be “with woman”. After many years of working with a male-dominated population at the VA medical center and finding great value in that, I still felt unfulfilled and knew that I needed to listen to my heart. I finally allowed my spirit to guide me, as I applied for the midwifery program at Bethel. I was accepted and now I am on my journey towards becoming a midwife! The thought fills my heart and gives me great purpose.

Toni Estis is an MBC Clinic Nurse and Birth Assistant and is currently pursuing her dream to become a midwife. She loves answering the question “Why a midwife?” to anyone who asks.