What to Expect at a Birth Center

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What to Expect at a Birth Center

Birth centers are an, put simply, empowering space for women. It is a place where they can come and take control of their health, pregnancy, birth, and well-woman care. At Minnesota Birth Center, we are devoted to evidence-based care, which means we follow policies and procedures based on proven scientific evidence from medical research and peer-reviewed journals. We want all of our families to be informed and confident in all of their options. 

The care at Minnesota Birth Center trusts the process of growth, birth, and aging, nurtures your family, and honors the changes you are experiencing. 

If you decide to have a birth center birth, you can expect to have individualized care with Certified Nurse-Midwives and Registered Nurses along with other expert partners to provide a full spectrum of care ranging from gynecological services, family planning, and birth control, to prenatal and postpartum care, lactation support, perinatal consultations, and ultrasonography. 

Here are other things you can expect at a birth center! 

Homelike setting

Birth centers are set up to feel more like a home and less like a hospital. Our center is inviting and peaceful, with family-friendly facilities designed to make you feel comfortable. A few ways we do that are by providing family beds, in-suite restrooms and showers, homey kitchens, and even fresh bread baked right after birth and served with butter and honey! 

Longer appointment times

We build a relationship of trust with each other, sharing information and decision-making. Your midwife will meet you at the front door when you come in for your appointments. The first pregnancy appointment is an hour-long, with returning prenatal visits scheduled for thirty minutes each.

Low intervention

Midwifery is founded on the premise that pregnancy and birth are normal, physiologic events in a woman’s life that leave a profound impact. At the Minnesota Birth Center, our approach when caring for you is guided by our belief that women should have the opportunity and support to plan for natural and empowering experiences in a safe and soothing environment. 

In order to achieve this, we offer a wide variety of comfort and coping measures including: 

  • Water birth pools in each of our birth suites
  • Birth balls
  • Birthing stools
  • Labor slings
  • Aromatherapy
  • Postpartum herbal baths 
  • And more! 
Active role in your pregnancy

You have a say in your care. This can include things like where and when you labor, whether that is in a birthing tub or on a birthing ball. We listen to you and your birth plan and put them into action as best we can so that you have a safe, empowering birth experience that is best for you and your family. 

Are you pregnant and interested in starting your care at the Minnesota Birth Center? Join us at an Orientation. Your best birth experience awaits you!

9 Ideas for Baby Names!

Sometimes baby names come easily to parents and sometimes it is a LONG process to decide on just the right name. As a member of the Minnesota Birth Center team I always love seeing all the new babies born and the names chosen by their parent(s). Do you need help searching for your little one’s name to be?

We asked, and you answered! Here are some of the best ideas for baby names, fresh from Minnesota Birth Center clients:

– Family names
– Biblical names
– A special location, like a favorite mountain, city, or bridge
– A unique name never heard before
– Names from resources like baby name books, websites, and apps
– Historical figures
– TV or movie characters
– A maiden last name
– Nature-based names, like kinds of trees and flowers

How did you choose your babies’ names? Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest to participate in future conversations that inspire us!




Thanks to Jillian H, Billing Associate at the Minnesota Birth Center, for this post! 

The Best Questions to Ask a Doula

Did you know that the Minnesota Birth Center is a doula-friendly practice? Doulas have been shown to reduce the risk of unnecessary interventions in labor and create a more supportive environment for birth. We love having them serve as part of the birth team, and they’ve been a foundational support through many of our clients’ labors, even during the pandemic!

Our doula internship program is one way to find a trained doula for your birth at MBC. But no matter where you find your doula, it’s important to get to know your doula well and ensure it’s a good fit for you and the rest of your birth team. Here are a few foundational questions to ask a potential doula as you consider your options for support:

#5 – What makes your doula care unique? Every doula brings along a unique skillset and a view of the childbirth experience. You might find it helpful to start the conversation with this foundation question.

#4 – What is your fee for service, what does it encompass, and what is your refund policy? It’s always a good idea to talk numbers with a potential doula. What their fee for service is, when it is expected to be paid, and under what circumstances a fee would be returned are all good points to discuss with a doula before hire so that everyone is on the same page.

#3 – How accessible are you when we have questions before, during, and after labor? There are so many questions that come up when having a baby! You want to make sure your doula is reasonably available during pregnancy, labor, and the postpartum time.

#2 – Will you join me at home while I am laboring there, before heading to my birth location? How will we communicate to know when it is time to connect? Here at the Minnesota Birth Center we find that our clients are best supported when their doula joins them at their home before heading to the birth center. Make sure your doula is willing and available to join you at home whenever needed in labor.

#1 – I am most concerned about ________ when I birth my baby. How would you help support me? It’s okay (and very normal!) to have specific concerns about birth. Do you feel comfortable sharing those concerns with your doula? If not, it’s best to keep looking until you find the comfort and support that you seek.

Bonus question! Are you available for my due date? What backup doula arrangement would you have in place in the event you aren’t available for my birth? We can’t forget these questions! Doulas are amazing, but they aren’t superhuman. Even they might miss a birth on occasion due to a conflicting birth, adverse weather, or other unanticipated situation. That’s why clearly laying out a plan for coverage and having a back-up doula is so important.

We hope you find this list of questions helpful! Have you used a birth doula? What were some of the most important questions you asked your doula before hiring? Share in the comments below!