Orientations

Prenatal Care, Natural Birthing Center & Post-Partum Recovery

Minnesota Birth Center Orientations are led by one of our Certified Nurse Midwives and provide information about our model of care, what you could expect as a client, and our financial policy. Anyone interested in learning more about us is welcome to attend. For clients ready to schedule an initial or transfer visit, participating in an MBC Orientation is an essential part of establishing care. Orientations are typically on Monday evenings at our St. Paul location and Wednesday evenings at our Minneapolis location. You are welcome to attend an Orientation at one location and establish care at the other location, should it work better with your schedule.

Please see our FAQs for more information on who can give birth at the Minnesota Birth Center.

See below for Orientation availability and follow the preferred EventBrite link to schedule.

An Important Note to ClientS Considering a Transfer of Care to MBC:

Minnesota Birth Center values the relationship that is forged over the length of a pregnancy. We also understand that sometimes a pregnant person finds that their preferred philosophy of birth changes over the course of a pregnancy. With that in mind, we welcome transfers of care according to the following guidelines:

Birth Center Birth
Patients desiring an out-of-hospital birth at the Minneapolis or St. Paul locations of the Minnesota Birth Center must transfer their care to MBC by 32 weeks and 6 days gestation* and meet the following requirements:

  • Transfer Clients who have not birthed previously must pursue childbirth education and/or doula services.
  • Transfer Clients must attend an MBC Orientation, if possible prior to the first visit.
  • Transfer Clients must review the “What Conditions Could Prevent Me From Giving Birth with the Minnesota Birth Center?” section of the Frequently Asked Questions page of the MBC website.

Transfer Clients will be conditionally accepted for care until their complete medical records are reviewed at the Transfer Visit.

* “Transfer” means that clients must have their complete prenatal records sent to the Minnesota Birth Center and have an appointment scheduled for no later than 32 weeks and 6 days gestation. Exceptions to the “32 and 6 week” date may be made on a case-by-case basis for families who are moving from another area who have been receiving consistent prenatal care and have contacted MBC prior to the 32-week deadline to inquire about care at MBC.


Hospital Birth
Patients desiring a birth at United Hospital attended by MBC midwives must transfer** their care to MBC by 34 weeks and 6 days gestation.

VBAC clients are not required to attend Orientation, but are welcome if interested.

For any other planned hospital births:

  • Orientation is required for any Transfer client who transfers prior to 32 weeks.
  • Orientation is not required for any Transfer client who transfers after 32 weeks, but is highly encouraged.
**  “Transfer” means that clients must have their complete prenatal records sent to the Minnesota Birth Center and have an appointment scheduled for no later than 34 weeks and 6 days gestation.


All transfer clients, regardless of birthing location, must have complete records from the current pregnancy transferred to our offices prior to their first visit. Medical records can be transferred using the Release of Information form below and faxed to (612) 224-9622.

Release of Information (PDF)