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Centering Pregnancy - Family-Centered Maternity Care

Cindy and Steve Calvin and their 8 grandchildren

How did the Minnesota Birth Center (MBC) come to be?

The MBC opened in June of 2012 after a gestation of nearly four years.  It is a story that started with Cindy and Steve Calvin’s desire for a new model of maternity and newborn care that would warmly embrace normal pregnancy and birth. This included a strong commitment to provide a seamless and satisfying safety net if complications occur.

Cindy is a mother of three children and grandmother to eight. She embraced normal birth in the 1980s even while giving birth in a traditional hospital setting. Steve is the father and grandfather to the above-mentioned children and grandchildren. He has spent his medical career caring for high-risk pregnancies, all the while admiring nurse midwives who serve and empower mothers to have the best birth possible.

The frustrations of a pregnancy care system that is too complicated, costly and chaotic finally drove Steve to seek out like-minded nurse-midwives and OB physicians who believed in teamwork. Together they collaborated in the design of a midwife-led model that cares for mothers in independent birth centers but with continuity of care in a nearby hospital if necessary.

It has been a long journey with obstacles and detours but Providence has rewarded patience and persistence. More than 450 mothers have successfully given birth in the first MBC model in Minneapolis (including four of the eight grandchildren mentioned above).  We have now opened a St. Paul center where we will provide care that celebrates the joy of new life and empowers mothers and fathers to be the best parents that they can be.