Choosing a Pregnancy Care Provider in Minnesota

For some women it is the most exciting part of their pregnancy. For others it is the most stressful. Either way, the early on in pregnancy you must make the decision about where will you give birth and who will care for you (be your caregiver). This is the first of a series of blog posts focusing on these questions.

Choosing a Caregiver

Usually the caregiver and the place of birth go hand in hand. However, there are separate considerations for each.

First, there is the decision about seeing a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM), an OB/GYN physician, a family doctor, or a Certified Professional Midwife. We recommend this article from Childbirth Connection on the differences between those.

We like to talk about this choice in the context of paradigm we often use: safe, satisfying, Sseamless.


  • Does the caregiver practice in a way that is consistent with the best available research on safe and effective care?
  • Is your caregiver able to properly assess your risks in pregnancy? Evidence shows that over-intervention, especially for low-risk mothers, does not produce ideal outcomes. On the other side, women with more risk factors for pregnancy do require the proper care.


  • Is your caregiver committed to helping you achieve the most satisfying outcome for your pregnancy (which for most women is a spontaneous vaginal delivery)?
  • Does your caregiver make you feel comfortable?
  • Does your caregiver’s philosophy about pregnancy and personal style match your own?


  • Does your caregiver have a plan in place if you want or need to transfer care before or in labor?
  • If you see a group rather than an individual, does that group have unity in mind and demonstrated teamwork so that the care is seamlessly provided by all caregivers?

At the Minnesota Birth Center, we designed our care in order to match all these three ideas.

We believe firmly in evidence-based care, relying on the best research available. The best research available currently shows that low-risk women get the best care and have the best outcomes when cared for by midwives (see the Milbank Report on Evidence-Based Maternity Care). Based on this research we want to ensure the safest birth possible, especially by assessing your potential risks in pregnancy. This is done by our Certified Nurse Midwives and by our medical director is Dr. Steve Calvin, a obstetrician who is a maternal-fetal medicine specialist.

We want you to feel comfortable. Our birth center is homey, clean, and inviting (see photos). Our staff is friendly yet professional. And we are committed to helping you have the most satisfying birth, which is a normal, natural, spontaneous vaginal delivery.

Most pregnancies are normal, but complications do arise. This is not a failure but is actually part of the natural process of pregnancy as well. That’s why we have a built-in process and an established relationship with an OB/GYM group should your situation necessitate additional medical care before or during labor.

Photo Tour of MBC-Minneapolis

ExteriorMinnesota Birth Center-Minneapolis is located at 2606 Chicago Ave S in a beautifully restored Victorian house. Call 612-545-5311 to schedule a tour!

We are equipped with two beautiful birthing suites, each with spacious labor pools, labor slings, and queen sized beds.

Minnesota Birth Center-Minneapolis has two clinic rooms and a full kitchen and living room as well.




Birthing Suite 1Dining Area


Saying “Mother” in 51 Languages

We hope that you mothers and expectant mothers had a wonderful Mother’s Day yesterday!

Minneapolis is a diverse place. In the neighborhoods surrounding our birth center, over 20% of people are foreign born. It is claimed that there are over 100 primary languages spoken in these neighborhoods!

Through this diversity of language and culture, motherhood is a common experience that is shared among women from all walks of life. We see this in how every language has a word for mother.

Language Mother
Afrikaans Moeder, Ma
Albanian Nënë, Mëmë
Arabic Ahm
Belarusian Matka
Bolognese Mèder
Bosnian/ Bulgarian Majka
Brazilian/Portuguese Mãe
Chechen Nana
Croatian Mati, Majka
Czech Abatyse
Danish Mor
Dutch Moeder, Moer
English Mother, Mama, Mom
Finnish Äiti
French Mère, Maman
German Mutter
Greek Màna
Hawaiian Makuahine
Hindi Ma, Maji
Hungarian Anya, Fu
Icelandic Móðir
Indonesian Induk, Ibu, Biang, Nyokap
Irish Máthair
Italian Madre, Mamma
Japanese Okaasan, Haha
Judeo/Spanish Madre
Latin Mater
Macedonian Majka
Marathi Aayi
Mongolian eh
Norwegian Madre
Oromo Haadha
Ojibwe Nimaamaa
Persian Madr, Maman
Polish Matka, Mama
Portuguese Mãe
Punjabi Mai, Mataji, Pabbo
Romanian Mama, Maica
Russian Mat’
Serbian Majka
Slovak Mama, Matka
Somali Hooyo
Spanish Madre, Mamá, Mami
Swedish Mamma, Mor, Morsa
Swiss/German Mueter
Turkish Anne, Ana, Valide
Ukrainian Mati
Urdu Ammee
Welsh Mam
Yiddish Muter
Zeneize Moæ