MBC’s Chubbiest Cheeks of 2020!

2020 is in the rearview mirror (hurrah!), and despite its challenges we still love looking back at photos of our Minnesota Birth Center babies born during that unprecedented year. While we love all our #babiesofMBC, here are a few of our chubbiest-cheeked favorites.

Here’s to a New Year full of even more chubby cheeks and a brighter, healthier 2021.

#`10 – Ready to WOW the world with her yellow lace and kissable face! 

# 9 – Kisses and hugs from siblings are always so sweet!

# 8 –  Those cheeks are just asking to be kissed by their papa!

# 7 – Matching headbands for years to come!

#6 – Let’s not interrupt his meditation…unless you’re offering some milk!

#5 – Something tells us he’s skeptical of this new world!

#4 – First look at those cheeks is always dreamy!

#3 – Thank goodness social distancing doesn’t prohibit skin-to-skin naps!

#2 – New Kid in Town: the Sequel
Photo credit: Pixel Dust Photography

#1 – Sugar, spice, and an herbal bath with everything nice!

Honorable mention: Who can resist a revisit to this first look of baby’s sweet cheeks? What an incredible photo showing off a mama’s strength!
Photo credit: Rocker Bye Baby


Thanks to Minnesota Birth Center Birth Assistant & Clinic Nurse Abbie E. for compiling this list!

2021 Doula Internship Announced

The Minnesota Birth Center is now accepting applications for its next Doula Internship session! This session will run from March – November 2021.

Qualified doula candidates must:

  • Have attended a birth doula training through DONA, CAPPA, or other reputable doula training program. If you have questions about the suitability of your particular program, please send an email to the contact information listed below.
  • Practice within the DONA Scope of Practice.
  • Have attended at least one birth in a support capacity (on occasion, exceptions may be made due to COVID-related restrictions).
  • Be available to attend a total of at least six MBC births over the duration of the internship.

Former Doula Intern Mummie A.

BIPOC GLBTQ2S candidates strongly encouraged to apply.

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 Sunday, February 14th.

Qualified applicants will be contacted for interviews.

Please read all application details thoroughly. Any additional questions not answered in the application may be emailed to karen@theminnesotabirthcenter.com.

A Racial Equity Initiative MBC

***Thank you for your interest in our focus group. As of 11/11/20 we have reached our maximum number of participants for our focus group and therefore the interest form is no longer active.***

Calling all Black clients of Minnesota Birth Center – YOUR voice matters

MBC is excited to announce a racial equity initiative. We can’t do this initiative without your input. We’re holding a focus group for U.S. born Black clients in November. Please read on for important information about how you can participate! 

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There are racial disparities in maternity care for several racial and ethnic groups in the US. Data continue to show that US born Black people have some of the worst birth outcomes of all racial and ethnic groups. The research is clear that this is due to the historical and current experience of racism. Racism causes significant stress on Black bodies and racism has been well documented in health care institutions. 

Due to these realities, we are interested in hearing from our Black clients. As a practice, we are committed to racial equity.  Already our outcomes in racial equity are much better than national trends, but we would like to improve even more.  Additionally we want to ensure that all of our Black clients have an outstanding experience with their care.  

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A 2 hour facilitated discussion (live via Zoom) for US born Black current and past clients. This discussion will be led by a culturally reflective facilitator from the community who is not a MBC staff member. Individuals will be compensated for their time upon participation in the facilitated session. We will pay $50 for actively participating in the focus group discussion, with multiple choices for payment (check or gift card option). 

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We are seeking participation of self-identified US born Black patients who have received or are receiving care from Minnesota Birth Center. It is not a requirement to have birthed at MBC or have been a pregnant patient as long as you have received care in some capacity, such as contraceptive care, an annual exam, etc. At this time we are focused on our own clients and are not seeking participation from partners, doulas, or other support people. 

While we intend to continue this work and conduct future facilitated discussions, this group is specifically for US-born Black/African-American clients. If you identify as biracial or multiracial but feel that your experience is closest to African-Americans, this group is also for you.

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To participate in the focus group please sign up by completing this Google form. The facilitated discussion will be hosted virtually on Zoom. To respect the privacy of participants, personally identifiable information will remain confidential and the content of the discussion will not be shared outside of the organization.  


The session will be conducted on Monday November 16, 2020 from 6-8pm. We ask that participants enroll by Thursday, November 12. Participation will be first come, first served. Once we meet capacity for the session, other interested people will be put on a waitlist and contacted if a spot becomes available.

Questions? Email claudia@theminnesotabirthcenter.com

Sign up here

Further reading on racial disparities in maternal newborn care and outcomes:

Why Racial Gaps in Maternal Mortality PersistNPR, 2019
Article Takeaway: NPR examines the “implicit racial bias in healthcare” and underlying disparities in pregnancy-related preventable deaths. Some ways this has been explained include variations in the rates of underlying chronic conditions and differences in hospital quality. However, there is increasing evidence to suggest that racism, more than race, is the cause of these disparities in healthcare.

Why America’s Black Mothers and Babies Are in a Life-or-Death CrisisNew York Times, 2018
Article Takeaway: The New York Times guides readers through the story of Simone Landrum, a Black woman whose third pregnancy ended in stillbirth despite ignored warning signs throughout and missed opportunities for possible intervention. Landrum ultimately gave birth to a healthy baby boy the following year, guided through an entirely different experience of pregnancy with the help of a doula advocating for her needs. 

This article evaluates the crisis of higher rates of infant and maternal mortality for Black women regardless of financial status or education. It is clear that “For black women in America, an inescapable atmosphere of societal and systemic racism can create a kind of toxic physiological stress, resulting in conditions…that lead directly to higher rates of infant and maternal death.” 

Eliminating Racial Disparities in Maternal and Infant Mortality – Center for American Progress, 2019
Article Takeaway: In this report, read a blueprint that authors put forward to address disparities and preventable deaths in infant and maternal health outcomes that are rooted in the structural racism of healthcare. Recommendations include detailed steps to improving access to critical services, improving the quality of care to pregnant women, addressing maternal and infant mental health, enhancing support for families before and after birth, and improving data collection and oversight. 

Why Black Women Face More Health Risks Before, During and After PregnancyBoston University, 2019
Article Takeaway: Boston University researchers examine intergenerational and chronic stress as a result of racism in healthcare leading to increased risk of preventable death for Black women in pregnancy in the United States. This article discusses the need to care for women throughout the lifespan and even prior to conception rather than solely focusing on care during pregnancy. The article ends with a cautiously optimistic “dream [that] we have a system where we help women through all stages of their life cycle, and a system committed to dismantling systemic and institutional racism and implicit bias inside the healthcare system and outside.”