Birth Assistant Spotlight – Abbie H

Here at the Minnesota Birth Center we flourish in our care of our birthing families because of our dedicated, thoughtful, and hard-working team. This week on the MBC Blog we are featuring much-beloved Clinic Nurse and Birth Assistant Abbie Hull (affectionally known as Abbie H)! She sat down this fall for a little interview session as she took a break from her many clinic tasks.

Abbie in the Birth Office at Minnesota Birth Center – Minneapolis

Q) Tell us your name, your title, and how long you’ve been at the Minnesota Birth Center.
My name is Abbie Hull, RN. I started at the Minnesota Birth Center as the cleaning lady the year that MBC opened. I later became a doula and went to nursing school. Next month I will celebrate my two year anniversary as a Clinic Nurse and Birth Assistant!

Q) Serving in birth work is a heroic task on many levels. What is your nurse “superpower”?
When I have time during a labor and am not needed for medical care, I love supporting moms and partners with emotional, verbal, and physical support wherever I can. I loved being a doula before becoming a nurse and am glad I can still support families in this way in my role as a Registered Nurse at MBC. I’m also known for my intense cleaning abilities, which definitely come in handy after a birth!

The laundry is always running at the Minnesota Birth Center!

Q) For you, what is the best part about working at the Minnesota Birth Center?
It’s an amazing learning environment. Everyone here loves to teach and they are eager to answer questions and educate on best practices. Of course, there isn’t much that can beat seeing life come into the world! It’s one of the most amazing experiences a person can have. Families have the ability to birth in such a safe, supportive, and comfortable space with our midwives at MBC. I love being a part of this team!

Q) Okay, fill in the blank…”If I wasn’t a nurse I’d be a _______________.”
Probably a doula, a theatrical director, or a professional gardener.

Prepping the MBC Home Visit bag

Q) When you’re not at the birth center what fills your time?
Caring for my plants (inside and out), swimming, taking walks with family or friends, watching movies with my hubby, or cooking up something in the kitchen.

Q) Finally, why is it so important to you to support the midwifery model of care?
Here at the Minnesota Birth Center our midwives love to take time to truly hear their clients; look into the research behind client questions or concerns; offer confident, gentle, patient, and family-centered care; and spend significant amounts of time with clients in pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. They are (in short) some of the most amazing and intelligent people I know.

Please say hello to Abbie H when you see her in clinic!

MBC Announces Doula Internship

The Minnesota Birth Center is now accepting applications for its next Doula Internship session! This session will run from September 2019 – May 2020.

Qualified doula candidates must:

  • Have completed a workshop for certification through DONA, CAPPA, or other reputable certifying body;
  • Practice within the DONA Scope of Practice;
  • Have attended at least one birth in a support capacity;
  • Be available to attend a total of at least six MBC births over the duration of the internship.

Application materials and information on how to apply are located here: Doula Internship Requirements and Application.

If you have a passion for birth work and meet the above requirements, please consider applying! Complete applications will be accepted until 6 pm on Monday, August 12th, 2019.

Qualified applicants will be contacted for interviews.

For more information email

Supporting Dads & Partners

These resources support dads and partners during the postpartum time and beyond

I want to bring it to everyone’s attention that dads are changing in the Twin Cities area. How? It is now appropriate and acceptable to get mental health help for dads. It is highly encouraged by your fellow brethren! Join in with the thousand’s of dads working to elevate fatherhood and play a remarkable role in the lives of their families. Here are some resources to help you do this.

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Local Resources

Launchpad Dads (LpD) was born out of the idea of being a resource for dads in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area and beyond. It hopes to be successful in doing this through online courses, in-person courses, blogs, videos, and, my personal favorite, counseling! It’s hard to be a great dad in today’s society but it isn’t impossible.  I will guide you through. To find out more about what LpD can offer, visit my websites or call me, Ryan Plasch at 612-207-9953.
Discovery Mental Health
Marriage Geek

Twin Cities Dads Group
This resource is run by Chris Brandenberg. It is a popular, established resource and works as a support group and has plenty of events for dads to bring their children to. The idea is to maximize fatherhood. Find out about the dates of their meetups is in the link above.

Minnesota Dads at Home
If you are an at home dad, you need to connect with these gents right now. This is a wonderful active group of dads who are going to be a great support to you. There are so many unnecessary issues that affect at home dads, but support is here! 

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Mindful Families in Edina
This organization shares in this vision of crafting resources for fathers. Some are on the horizon.  Anne Troff-Heck is leading this charge and has some exciting ideas. Chances are they are in full swing.  Please reach out to this talented therapist. 

Face It Foundation
This organization is not dad specific but there is a sub group for dads available. I highly recommend you check out their calendar for events and get more info about joining them. They have a once a month breakfast which is an opportunity to meet them and be welcomed into their community.  

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Pregnancy and Postpartum Support Minnesota
An awesome page to look at for resources. Check it out now. It has beautifully designed resources dedicated to being a better partner during postpartum and recognizing postpartum depression in yourself and others. 

Modern Men Explore
Jessi Leader, licensed therapist, leads an 8-week session for partners looking to create healthier relationships; topics include family, loss, partners, anger, pressure, love, shame, connection and masculinity. 

Dr. Daniel Singley
Not local but accessible by phone, Dan is a professional out of California who specializes in fathers. He is there for postpartum dads and once a month has a free call-in time to talk about such issues. Yes, partners can have postpartum depression too! He has great videos available to watch about being a more competent father. Calls held the first Monday of the month at 7 PM

  • Chat Number: 1-800-944-8766  
  • Participant Code: 73162

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Recommended Podcasts

Front Row Dads by Jon Vroman
This is an amazing podcast made for entrepreneurs who have a family. The tag line is family men with businesses not businessmen with families. Its podcast has a ton of information that is applicable outside of partners who are business owners. They have a mastermind group available for a monthly cost and a great, supportive Facebook group. 

The Dad’s Edge by Larry Hagner
The Dad’s Edge has a ton of episodes meant for the everyday dads who are working to elevate their lives. They also have a paid mastermind group and their Facebook Group has almost 10,000 members.

Resources exist for dads.  It’s time for dads to band together and use them.  

Ryan Plasch, MS, is a therapist at Discovery Mental Health and the Marriage Geek. He can be reached at